posted February 12th, 2019

Smoke signals, sirens, urgent messages: Bill MacKay's six-string mastery pulses like a sun with (Sandy) Bull-ish psycho fusions on Fountain Fire, his second solo album for Drag City. The fire in the album title is a continuity in Bill's life - part of his genealogy, his living history, his astrology and the scorching effect of the over-driven slide throughout the album!

Bill melds slide, acoustic and distorted electric tones on Fountain Fire to explore the enigma at the end of a continent, civilizations that precede others, and how we all end up the same. MacKay also throws another element into play: a stark and emotionally-charged vocal number that causes the hair to raise on the listener's neck with a haunting and eerie beauty. This number, "Try It On," shows Bill has found a broader plane of expression than he's ever revealed before, his voice expanding his songwriting into uncharted zones and territories. Listen to "Try It On" today and pre-order your copy of Fountain Fire for March 22nd!


3/9 @Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, Mexico^
3/21 @ The Little Fleet in Traverse City, MI
3/25 @ Bastion in Nashville, TN
3/26 @ Green Lantern in Lexington, KY
3/27 @ State Street Pub in Indianapolis, IN
3/28 @ Torn Light in Cincinnati, OH
3/29 @ The Hideout in Chicago, IL
3/30 @ Acme in Milwaukee, WI
4/10 @ Reverberation Vinyl in Bloomington, IL

*Tomorrow Never Knows Festival
^Lit y Luz Festival

Artists in this story: Bill MacKay