Nanaimo Daily Times
Derek Spalding March 25, 2011
Rocker brings together good sounds for impressive album.
Derek Spalding, Daily News
Published: Friday, March 25, 2011
Myc Sharratt sounds like a giddy school boy when he boasts about his latest CD Six Feet Above, but deservedly so. Last year, he assembled some of Nanaimo’s finest rockers and recorded an impressive live album. The session rolled out at the Queen’s Hotel in November and the ensemble played each track twice to ensure they had the best sound. Sharratt returns to that very stage Saturday night for his hometown CD release party. It will be a rare weekend show of original music and Sharratt couldn’t be happier. He and his band, The Alibi, will play original tunes starting at 8 p.m. before shifting over to cover songs late in the evening to keep the weekend warriors happy with songs the all know. This is a great opportunity to see how the new band members sound. Sharratt has played with bassist Anatol McGinnis for years, but he has added Duncan Symonds on guitar, Matt Carter on saxophone and piano, and Trevor Nettleton on drums.
The humble singer-songwriter beams with glee when discussing the album that includes three studio-produced tracks. “It blows my mind because I should not be able to put my name on something this nice. The guys kind of spoiled me,” he quipped, throwing praise on his band. “I’m in love with this record.”
Sharratt is also up for male songwriter of the year in the Vancouver Island Music Awards, which is a testament to the talent and dedication this man brings to his material.When he learned about the recognition, he celebrated the best way he could. “I picked up my guitar and said: ‘Haha, we got it,'” he explained. “It’s a pat on the back for my ego. I mean it’s the rest of the guys who make this album sound so good, so the songwriting nod is good.”
Sharratt will tour his album this summer. He and his band will head as far east as Saskatchewan and make their way home doing as many gigs as they can in between. But before that, he joins Ladysmith’s Ryan McMahon for an Island tour in May. “I think the world of Ryan so it’s nice to be able to play with him. I look at it like I get free admission to the Ryan McMahon show,” Sharratt said.
Get to the show early to hear the new album.