The Nashville-based Jason Lee McKinney Band offers up 16 spiritual infusions on One Last Thing, the group’s 11th studio album and its first to embrace a gospel vibe that seamlessly matches the band’s soulful stew of rock, R’n’B, folk, blues and country. The album takes lyrical inspiration from scripture and musical cues from the band’s previous 10 releases.
“One Last Thing brings out an overtone that has always been an undertone in our music in that it is drenched in gospel,” says McKinney, who self-penned all 16 songs on the record. “On this album, we brought both the musical style and the message of the gospel to the foreground. That vibe was always part of our foundation, but now it’s front and center. It really didn’t happen through some master plan, but rather organically. Between the political climate, the pandemic, and the general nihilistic dissent of community, we found ourselves drawn to hope. Gospel music and the message it represents resonate that feeling.”
McKinney, who handles lead and background vocals, electric and acoustic guitars on One Last Thing is joined by band mates Barry Strauser on piano, organ, keyboards, and background vocals; Billy Wright on bass; Sam Berce on electric and acoustic guitars; and Logan Todd on drums and percussion. The record also features an array of guest musicians – Simon Alexander, Sebastian Falvo, Shannon Wickline, and Jules Belmont.
No gospel leaning album worth its weight in holy water would be complete without a roomful of rejuvenating voices. It includes vocals from McKinney’s family – daughter Zakyra, sons Zeke and Zion and daughter-in-law Julianna. Also, a beautifully jubilant choir accentuate the powerful “Freedom.”
Life-affirming music and songs and musicians with the power to lift souls into the heavens. They always manage to arrive when we need it most. Call these mini sermons of healing delivered by prophets with microphones, guitars, basses, drums and keyboards. They are sonic balms that energize just as they soothe.