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Reflecting numerous varied but related branches of the American roots music family, "Migrant" draws both directly and indirectly from influences spanning from the highlands of Scotland to the Great North Woods of rural New Hampshire, down through the Appalachian mountains into the Gulf Coast, Mississippi Delta and Hill Country regions, through the heartland of Central Texas and down to the cumbres of Bolivia's Andes mountains. This album tells a story of the greater American roots music tradition, and of my life over the last few years. These songs (original compositions and covers alike) belong to all of us who call ourselves "Americans" - in the greater hemisphere throughout *and beyond* the borders of the United States of America.

Special thanks to Paddy and John McCarthy (my parents), my dear friend and musical brother Seth Roberts (1983-2012) and the people of Jaffrey, New Hampshire. This album is for all of you.

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released January 2, 2016

"Migrant" features both original compositions by Michael Francis McCarthy and the following covers and traditionals:
- "Done Got Old / Nobody But You" (Junior Kimbrough)
- "Kill The Old Grey Mule" (Belton Sutherland)
- "Sgt. MacKenzie" (Joseph Kilna MacKenzie)
- "Pastures Of Plenty" (Woody Guthrie)
- "Songo Y Nanasga" (Savia Andina)
- "Ain't No More Cane" (traditional)
- "All Blues" (Miles Davis)
- "Corrina" (traditional)

Recorded between November 2014 and January 2016 by:
- Sean Peterson (Pensacola Audio Documentation, Pensacola FL)
- Donnie Sundal (Neptone Recording Studios, Destin FL)
- Ben Rogers (Loud Sun Studio, Jaffrey NH)
- Benjamin Levy (Austin TX)

Contributing musicians:
- Nathan Smith: drums ("Kill The Old Grey Mule", "Done Got Old / Nobody But You", "Sgt. MacKenzie")
- Christopher Myott: guitars, vocals, lyrics ("Compound Bow")
- Ben Rogers: drums ("Leave The Porch Light On")
- Justin Headley: drums ("Blue Angels")

Final mixes by Ben Rogers (Loud Sun Studio, Jaffrey NH). Album artwork (front cover) by Christopher Myott.

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Michael Francis McCarthy High Falls, New York

Born in South America and raised in rural New Hampshire, Michael Francis McCarthy has wandered the western hemisphere absorbing and blending blues, country, folk and Bolivian influences, and his music speaks for migrants everywhere.

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