Page McClean is always leaving. Or arriving. So it’s fitting her new album is titled “Departures.”
McClean originally hails from Oyster Bay, New York, but started her nomadic ways at the age of 15. She has lived in six states, seven countries, and has traveled to many more in between, she said. Since 2001, she’s lived “on and off” in Vail.
“I’ll live here for a few months, then go someplace else, then come back,” McClean said. “I’m quite nomadic. I move around a lot, but Vail always brings me back.”
An album release party will take place at Montanas in Avon Friday night at 9:30 p.m. McClean will play an acoustic version of the album. You can get a copy of the record and a drink for $10.
Page’s voice has been compared to Natalie Merchant and Norah Jones. Her music is folk-based Americana, drawing inspiration from Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. You can get a sneak listen Friday at 2 p.m. on local radio station KZYR when McClean is interviewed. She’ll sing a song or two, she said.
“I’m really excited to share my music,” she said.
A COMMON THEME
Over three years in the making, the production and songwriting of “Departures” — McClean’s first studio album — reflects her freewheeling lifestyle. The album took three years to finish. McClean started recording it in Argentina, where she lived from 2009 until early 2011. She recorded the vocals in New York and the instrumentation in Minturn. The album was put on hiatus for awhile, until McClean got enough money to finish it. Recorded in three studios on two different continents, she put the final touches to her album at Mintown Studios in Minturn. Several local and Colorado musicians are featured on her album, which was mastered at Eight Houses Down in Denver.
“The most exciting (special guest) is the fiddler from Elephant Revival, Bridget Law,” McClean said.
Joe Bianchi and Jeff Armistead, who run Mintown Studios, where McClean finished the album and did all the mixing, also have guest spots on the album; drummer Brian Loftus contributes his beats to one of the songs.
There are 10 original songs on the CD, and while they were written “all over the place,” there’s a common thread that binds them.
“I’m so nomadic, as soon as I get used to a place, I have to leave for some reason or another, usually because I want to,” said McClean who can speak Spanish, French and Portuguese along with English. “A lot of songs are about that tension — the excitement of moving to a new place, but also the drawbacks of that, too. I leave behind new friends, potential relationships, community, job opportunities.”
McClean, a Vail resident, runs a website called locobelly.com. It’s focused on local, organic and sustainable foods, mostly food from Colorado. She can run the website basically anywhere with an Internet connection, which is how she’s able to move around so much, she said.
So when is McClean’s next departure?
“The future is uncertain,” she said. “I’m doing a lot of work in Boulder these days. I’m toying with the idea of sticking around here for a season, but who knows. I’m in Vail, for now.”
High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at email@example.com, 970-748-2984 or @caramieschnell.