Jim McCarty is a bona-fide member of The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He is a founding member of the Yardbirds and the only original member left in the band. In addition to the Yardbirds, he has been a member of Renaissance, Shoot, Box Of Frogs, Stairway, Illusion, and the McCarty-Topsham Band. He has now surfaced with his third solo album titled Walking In The Wild Land.
His new album is very different from the classic rock sound of the Yardbirds. It is more folk oriented and has a mellow, laid back vibe.
In many ways his solo albums allow him to explore a different side of his personality. While he has always been somewhat in the background as a drummer; now he is the front person and focal point as the acoustic guitarist and vocalist. He also composed the album’s dozen tracks.
McCarty wisely does not over-reach but keeps it simple. He may not have the expertise or style of the Yardbirds more celebrated guitarists, but he is an adequate strummer who is able to accompany himself and bring his music to life.
The tracks run from the melancholy “Changing Times” to the reflective title track and “Stop Living In The Past.” It may not be the most exciting album released this year bit it is relaxing and like a visit from an old friend.
Walking In The Wild Land finds a music veteran taking a road less traveled. A good listen for the quiet times of life.