Walking In The Wild Land

Jim McCarty

Angel Air, 2018


REVIEW BY: David Bowling



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.

McCarty’s new album is very different from the classic rock sound of the Yardbirds. It is more folk oriented and has a mellow, laidback 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 all of the album's dozen tracks.

McCarty wisely does not overreach here but instead 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, but it is relaxing, like a visit from an old friend.

Walking In The Wild Land finds a music veteran taking a road less traveled. This is a good listen for the quiet times of life.

Rating: B

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