Brendan McKinney releases new album |

Brendan McKinney releases new album

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Brendan McKinney Has been making a living playing guitar and singing in the Vail Valley for the better part of eight years now. This week the musician is celebrating the release of his new album, “Best They Can.”

About two years ago McKinney signed a record deal with Nashville-based label Adroit Records.

“So far it’s been a really cool experience,” McKinney said. “I’ve been exposed to a whole new audience and many talented song writers thanks to the label.”

His new CD, “Best They Can” is McKinney’s first solo project on Adroit.

“This is 11 new originals, five of which have been co written with Nashville based writers,” McKinney said. “I’m really proud of the songs and how it all turned out.”

McKinney will stage his official release performance for “Best They Can” with some fellow Adroit recording artists at the famous Blue Bird in Nashville, Tenn. Friday.

“The theme of this record is that everyone out there has a story about their own struggle in doing the ‘best they can’ in various challenging circumstances,” McKinney said. “It’s nothing too profound but I hope the songs take the listener somewhere and that it rings true for their own lives.”

The feedback on the album has been positive so far. Jim Attebery who runs the Durango Song Expo called it a “great CD.”

“Typical Brendan McKinney, great stories and songs, unique, timely, and poignant,” Attebery said.

You can hear some recorded radio interviews at McKinney’s website,

“Sometimes I need all the help I can get,” is a line from one of the songs on the album.

“It’s true,” McKinney said. “I’m grateful for all the help and every opportunity that comes my way.” McKinney lives with his wife and two children in Eagle. He performs regularly at venues like Mezzaluna in Lionshead, The Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, and Both The Red Lion and Pepi’s in Vail. Purchase the CD at one of McKinney’s live shows or visit to order it.

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