Hell’s Kitchen, The Westies (from the self-released West Side Stories)
Chicago musician Michael McDermott has built a loyal following through the years. As a solo artist he has played the major label game, traversed the rough patches and settled in as an independent artist. A gathering with like-minded musicians in Nashville last winter resulted in a new band and a collection of songs about “love, betrayal, murder, hope and redemption.” The crew takes their name from a ruthless gang that ruled Hell’s Kitchen in NYC back in the 1970’s and 1980’s, a fact that stands in stark contrast to the gentile nature of their music.

The group recently released this free ep in advance of their forthcoming debut release. If these exquisite tracks are any indication, we’re in for a real treat.