Chuck McDermott, Return of the Prodigal Son Show, in Mount Vernon, Iowa
Chuck McDermott has been in good company over the years. If John Stewart is on your musical resume -- you have credibility. Chuck spent many years touring with John Stewart as his duo partner, having performed with John Stewart and his band in the 80s. During that time John had a great album out called Bombs Away Dream Babies, (1979). Featured on this Stewart LP were Fleetwood Macs Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks who joined in on some tracks. In John's earlier days he was also a member of The Kingston Trio, and he wrote the classic Monkees song Daydream Believer. --John Apice, No Depression, May 23, 2017
Chuck McDermott and Wheatstraw won over audiences and music critics with strong original songwriting and exciting live performances in the '70's.
Chuck's two albums with Wheatstraw, Last Straw and Follow the Music, drew critical praise from Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, the New York Times, Billboard, Variety and others and broadened Chuck's reach beyond the Boston area. The late 70's found Chuck touring from Montreal to New Orleans, headlining venues like New York's Lone Star Café and opening for major rock and country acts. In recognition of those years, Chuck was a 2015 inductee into the Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Fame.
Over the last few decades, Chuck has devoted himself to energy and environmental policy issues, working in government, the private sector and finance, watchful for the world his three children are inheriting. Through those years, he never really set down either his pen or his guitar. Born in Dubuque, when Chuck was 10 his family left Iowa as his father went to work for President Kennedy in Washington.
Chuck's attention has now turned back to his music, and he has just released Gin & Rosewater his first record in many years. It's blazing through country - folk - rock with critical acclaim.
LilFest Series at the Uptown Theater in Mount Vernon Iowa (View)
221 First Street NE
Mount Vernon, IA 52314