Singer, songwriter, humorist and small town philosopher Antsy McClain writes what he knows: The good life.
Staging his live shows from a small, fictitious trailer park called Pine View Heights (patterned after his own childhood surroundings and experiences), McClain is free from an over-abundance of material things and appreciates time with family and friends.
Sharing his mantra of “Enjoy The Ride,” McClain has won friendship and collaboration with some of the most talented musicians in the world. With such a wide circle of mentors like Waylon Jennings, Tommy Smothers, guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel and cowboy poet Baxter Black, it’s no wonder McClain marches to the beat of a different drum. And his influences don’t stop there. His live shows touch upon Country, Rockabilly, Jazz, Swing, and a number of Pop culture references.
McClain’s poetry, heart-felt ballads and humorous tales have garnered praise from such artists as Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Lindsay Buckingham, and David Wilcox, to name a few.
ANTSY_AIRSTREAM_RANCHAfter a Nashville record deal proved unfruitful in 1999, McClain took the reins himself and blazed one of the industries first fiercely independent campaigns, producing some of Americana’s most innovative projects, and cleverly relying on fan involvement (They call themselves Flamingoheads) to finance each album, and help promote live shows and events.
Before music found him, Antsy was an award-winning illustrator and designer for book and magazine publishers. As the DIY movement took hold, McClain was one of the first artists of note to not only record, mix and produce his own albums, but to serve as art director and designer for everything involving his music career; from CD package design to website design to merchandise. The band’s t-shirts are looked at as one-of-a-kind boutique item originals, often signed and numbered when sold.
When accused of being a control freak, McClain flashes a guilty look, but dissuades the dig by saying, “I’ve always just tried to save myself money. I was a self employed guy with five kids. We had an agreement that my wife was to be home while they were young, and it worked out great. But I didn’t have a thousand dollars to pay somebody for a logo. If I was going to have one, I’d have to do it.”
Calling himself “a life enthusiast,” Antsy McClain is eager to see what’s around every corner, and watches the horizon intently for each new change that takes place.
“My life is my art,” explains Antsy, “I am painting my life one day at a time, one brush stroke at a time. As I spend time with my wife and children, or as I go on the road toward new places to make new friends, as I write a new song, as I draw or paint something for people to look at and enjoy… This is my life, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to share it with music, with words and with pictures.”
McClain looks out the window as a car whirs past, “I am enjoying the ride.”
Just Getting Started
Right Side of the Dirt (Folkabilly Version)
My Old Kentucky Home (Revisited)
Antsy McClain's reworking of the old American Classic by Stephen Foster. Guitar work on this song by Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel.
The Big Time
This is Antsy McClain's dedication to his Flamingohead fans everywhere
Right Side of the Dirt (Cajun Version)
Another Happy Song
Sing another happy song when things get you down
The Blah Blah Song
Sometimes all we hear is Blah Blah Blah....
New Good Old Days
Title song to the 2008 CD. We all need to create some new good old days.
The Bathroom Songwriter
We all know where all the hits were REALLY written...
Twitchin' (That's What I Do)
I Was Just Flipped Off By a Silver-Haired Old Lady
A fun song about an old lady that flips a guy for honking at her Honk if You Love Jesus sticker. Check out the video on YouTube!! This has become a hit around the country after it was played on NPR All Things Considered, Car Talk and the John Boy and Billy Show.
Falling in Love in America
This is a ballad about falling in love. Lindsey Buckingham is on Lead Guitar on this song. See the Video on YouTube!!
I Married Up
A song about a man's real lot in life Marrying Up!
Living in Aluminum
The Theme Song for the Trailer Park Troubadours indeed, there ain't no way to test your mettle, then in a semi-precious metal neighborhood. Enjoy the Ride!!
11/22/2008 4:13:08 AM
Just spotted your new batch of tunes on their way in, so I followed after them. Great stuff. I'll grab one for my statio if you don't mind :-)
11/22/2008 12:14:06 AM
Well it's been awhile since I been here ... and it's my loss ... Still absolutely FANTASTIC !!!!
7/25/2007 12:14:29 PM
I love your CD and all 16 of the songs, every one of them . The writing, musicianship, lyrics and quality is all excellent. Good luck with your music and I hope you guys get the exposure that you deserve. We are pulling for you.
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7/17/2007 11:50:02 AM
Just spent some time getting refreshed by the wonderful music here. I love the songwriting. The messages and the stories are real and the sound is soooo good. Thanx y'all.
7/16/2007 11:18:16 AM
Just stopped in for a listen and I have one thing to say ....... FANTASTIC !!!! :)
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