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Andy McKee Premieres "Art of Motion" Performance Video, Announces Live Album

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Today, and Andy McKee present the exclusive premiere of McKee's new "Art of Motion" performance video.

"[It's] a piece full of movement and dynamic changes," McKee says of the new clip. "I've been enjoying playing it on the baritone guitar lately as opposed to the standard, so here is a different take on this tune from what you've heard before."

"Art of Motion" is the title track from McKee's 2005 album. The song is featured on McKee's new live album, Live Book, which is set to be released April 22.

The album, McKee’s first live record, will be released through CGP Sounds. Live Book was recorded live in December 2015 at The Melting Point in Athens, Georgia; the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, Georgia; and Workplay in Birmingham, Alabama.

“I’ve always wanted to do a live album," McKee says. "For quite a few years, I’ve felt it’s something that has been missing from my collection of releases. 

"This album will feature some of my YouTube hits like ‘Drifting’ and ‘Rylynn,' some songs from my 2014 EP Mythmaker, and a cover of a Michael Hedges song called ‘Because It’s There’ played on harp guitar that I haven’t released yet.”

McKee is the first artist to be signed CGP Sounds, the record label founded by fellow guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. “I’m honored to be a part of his label. I heard Tommy 15 years ago at a festival in Kansas and was blown away by his playing and performing, and I still am,” Mckee says. “To be the first person on his label is surreal, and I’m excited and proud to be a part of it.” Live Book is available now for preorder.

In support of the new album, McKee will embark on “The Next Chapter Tour” in the U.S. in April and May. You can check out the dates below the video. 

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Apr 12        White Concert Hall                Topeka, KS    
Apr 14        Dosey Doe's Music Café                Conroe, TX    
Apr 15        Cactus Cafe                    Austin, TX    
Apr 16        Josabi’s                        Helotes, TX    
Apr 17        Granada Theater                Dallas, TX    
Apr 22        Tupelo Music Hall                Londonderry, NH    
Apr 23        Daryl's House                    Pawling, NY    
Apr 24        Rams Head On Stage                Annapolis, MD    
Apr 25        The Birchmere                    Alexandria, VA    
Apr 26        B.B. King Blues Club & Grill            New York, NY    
Apr 28        World Cafe Live                    Wilmington, DE    
Apr 29        The Rex Theater                Pittsburgh, PA    
Apr 30        Rumba Cafe                    Columbus, OH    
May 11        Belly Up                    Solana Beach, CA    
May 12        The Coach House                San Juan Capistrano, CA    
May 13        Yoshi's - Jack London Square            Oakland, CA    
May 14        Hope Family Winery                Paso Robles, CA    
May 24        Blue Note Hawaii                Honolulu, HI    
May 25        Blue Note Hawaii                Honolulu, HI    
May 26        Blue Note Hawaii                Honolulu, HI    
May 27        Blue Note Hawaii                Honolulu, HI    
May 28        Blue Note Hawaii                Honolulu, HI    
May 29        Blue Note Hawaii                Honolulu, HI    
Jun 16        Old Rock House                    Saint Louis, MO    
Jun 17        The Accord                    Champaign, IL    
Jun 19        The Magic Bag                    Ferndale, MI    
Jun 23        City Winery                     Nashville, TN    
Jun 24        City Winery                     Atlanta, GA    
Aug 15        Full Moon Resort                Big Indian, NY    
Aug 16        Full Moon Resort                Big Indian, NY    

Live Book Track Listing

01. Drifting
02. Ouray
03. She
04. Nocturne
05. Africa*
06. The Reason
07. For My Father
08. Rylynn
09. Because It’s There
10. Into the Ocean
11. Art of Motion
12. Ebon Coast
13. Tight Trite Night