Latest release from RPM for Gus McKay “Bluesman” but turning alternative ? New Album “Talisman” is 10 tracks 39 minutes recorded in an old
1950’s service (Gas) station, converted to a recording studio (Aerial Studios) in the Darling Range Glen Forrest West Australia. Rock blues
and quite a liberal serving of jazz,
Horn section, strings, but with that similar “Outback” rustic / blues touch.
Art of Living Sample Track (2299 KB)
Fallen Down (1697 KB)
Hundred Acres (1625 KB)
Piawanning Suit (1752 KB)
The Man (1752 KB)
Muse (1779 KB)
Bohemian Life (1752 KB)
Murchison Sequel (1752 KB)
Gin Gin Morning (1697 KB)
Last Dance (1752 KB)
2010 onwards saw Gus performing as much as humanly possible, testing out the songs which would in futures become album number four ‘Saltflat Blues’, his most recent and by far most successful release, picked up by ex-EMI A&R rep Peter Holmsted in Sweden. ‘Saltflat Blues’ was promoted across Europe in print, intemet and radio, received airplay in Ireland, UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Belgium.
Meanwhile in the US, ‘Saltflat Blues’ won Gus his first stateside review from ‘No Depression - The Roots Music Authority Since 1995’ blues
and roots magazine; '"Need my coffee. I’m gonna die." sings Gus McKay on "Caffeine." one of the toughest songs on his latest album Saltflat
Blues. The Australian singer/songwriter pours on the grit brewing an intoxiating blend of raw blues, swamp rock and funk. Ironic how some
of the best American music originates from overseas.'
Branches (1475 KB)
Busking (814 KB)
Caffiene (912 KB)
Deja Vu (902 KB)
Don't Say Goodbye (863 KB)
Murchison (864 KB)
Ratrod (1131 KB)
Snake (1256 KB)
Torch (830 KB)
Voodoo (866 KB)
Gus’s reputation as a Bluesman of repute was confirmed in 2010, receiving Australia wide positive
reviews for album three titled ‘Roadrunner Blues’ when it got the attention of the world-wide music community with airplay across several continents, predominately Europe.
Dogma (1406 KB)
Don't Go to Queensland (1026 KB)
Drifter (1166 KB)
Hustle (930 KB)
Keep on Driving (1400 KB)
Newsreader Blues (1642 KB)
Ramblin (1179 KB)
Roll (869 KB)
Texas (771 KB)
The World (971 KB)
Two Days to Kununurra (1118 KB)
When the Drought Sets In (1133 KB)
With a view to having a smaller production, Gus released his second album titled ‘Grinn’ in 1994.
The single ‘Deep River’ was lifted for release on ABC compilation ‘Kingfisher Dreaming’. Piggybacking on the success of albums one and two, Gus performed at Blues at Bridgetown and spent subsequent years touring the Northwest of WA.
The 90s saw Gus recording at ‘Loop Studio’ with an ‘A’ team of players; Rick Whittle, Roy Daniels, John Short, Bob Patient. The end result Gus’s debut CD titled ‘All About Flight’. The album was produced and remixed by Gary Ridge, father to well-known Australian hip hop artist ‘Drapht’. The debut was considered a complete success after scoring a distribution deal with Shock Records.
Gus’s most recent album - Now available on vinyl: