ABOUT

JERRY

“Jerry McCann is the granddaddy of the local music club scene."
-- Anonymous

1. What drew you to want to play music?

It's all so long ago.  It might have been the easy money that goes with stardom. As a very wise Englishman once said, "Money for nothing and your chicks for free." 

2. Where is the first place you played music in public?

My first performance was in Mrs. Pickleseimer's (yes, that really was her name) 2nd grade class.  It was very ragged and I think I spent the next 60 years trying to get it right.

3. What bands or artists have inspired or influenced you?

Early Elvis, Duane Eddy, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, and later on, the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

4. Tell us a funny story about something that happened to you as a musician:

When the whole world is a joke and you don't take anything seriously, everything is funny and I don't, honestly, recall any one event.

5. How many records have you produced for other artists or recorded of your own (please list both numbers separately)?

I recorded my first record at 15 with The Orfuns at Fanfare Recording.  Several independent records with Framework. Then I was in Formerly Anthrax and did an album for Elektra Records. Much later along I recorded three independent  CDs--Blue plate Special, All Lit Up Like the Moon, and What It Is & What It Was--for the Blind Owl label. The latest album project, Got Nothing to Lose by Géza Keller, will be released in September. I'm a co-producer and play bass, guitar, background vocals, and Peruvian nose flute.

6. What is your proudest achievement of your music career?

I survived and had a moderately good time.

7. What was the high point of your music career?

See #6.

8.  Knowing what you know now, what would you tell your 25-year-old musician self, or what would you do differently?

As J. Jorgensen once told me, "Don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff."

9. After all these years, why do you keep playing music even in spite of the financial and emotional challenges of being an artist?

All I can say is.....The guy's nuts.  

10. What is your fondest memory of making this album?

Géza's album is one giant fond memory.  He came up to me and asked me to help, and all the way through, it was an opportunity to make quality music to very good songs and work with Sven-Erik and Geza and have great time too!! I hope to do it again (If I'm  asked). I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks, guys!

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