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Brian McGee

Philadelphia, PA

Brian McGee has always been a little out of step with the times. When his cousins were starting cover bands and selling out college bars in their native Philadelphia, Brian co-founded the legendary East Coast pop-punk band Plow United. When pop-punk was in every mall, Brian left Plow United and found his way to the mountains of North Carolina, where he became a skilled multi-instrumentalist with a deep knowledge of the darkest corners of American folk music. And by the time every 30-something punk dude and their mom had picked up an acoustic guitar and started singing “This Land is Your Land,” Brian had found his way back up to the East Coast, this time to Asbury Park, New Jersey. With the internet abuzz over Plow United’s 2011 reunion at Riot Fest East and 2013 album, Marching Band, Brian stepped into the studio with the Bouncing Souls’ Pete Steinkopf to record what he suspected might be the best songs of his life. The result is Ruin Creek, his third solo album. A stripped-down affair, Ruin Creek combines punk brevity with rain-streaked folk minimalism. If the return of Plow United implies Brian’s musical journey coming full circle, Ruin Creek proclaims a new beginning. Brian McGee is still out of step, but now he’s right on time.

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