Mike McCready of Pearl Jam has long had a love for vinyl, and for recording and listening to good music. His new label Hockeytalkter, will release vinyl singles by some of his favorite artists, in small-lot, limited edition, batches. The first single is from Danny Newcomb and the Sugarmakers, a band made up of musicians that have deep roots in northwest music. The single will be available soon at the new Hockeytalkter website. Additional copies will be also available at Seattle’s Easy Street Records locations.
McCready plans to release a few projects a year, artists that he enjoys and some that he likes to collaborate with.
Of Danny Newcomb and the Sugarmakers, McCready says:
“ I started playing music with Danny Newcomb in 1978, when I was 12, in our first band, Warrior, which later became Shadow. Danny was the lead guitar player and I played rhythm and he pushed me to become a better player. Danny is not only one of the best guitarists in the Northwest, but he has also always been an amazing songwriter. His new album (Masterwish) is fantastic and I hope people take the time to listen!”
Danny Newcomb helped found The Rockfords with McCready, as well as Shadow. His last popular project was Goodness, and a rock band from Seattle which he co-founded with singer Carrie Akre, and was on Atlantic records. Rick Friel who plays bass on the new Hockeytalkter release also goes way back with McCready and Newcomb as a member of both The Rockfords and Shadow.
The Hockeytalkter single features two songs “One Wish” and “Sundays” with McCready playing the lead guitar on “Sundays”. Both songs are off Newcomb’s new release, ‘Masterwish’, which is in rotation now on KEXP.
Danny Newcomb & the Sugarmakers – “One Wish”
For more information on Danny, the band and the new release “Masterwish” visit his website at dannynewcomb.com.