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Leftover Salmon’s Bill McKay plays Paddy’s Saturday

John Scheid
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Zach Mahone

Hailing from Westchester County, NY, Bill McKay has since made Colorado his home for musical innovation for many years. Through solo projects, various collaborations, and notably his direct involvement with Colorado’s own Leftover Salmon, McKay is a large part of Colorado’s music scene. Supplying incredibly talented keynotes to Leftover’s musical integration, McKay continues to play with Salmon but is also pursuing a successful solo career. He’ll play a solo show tonight at Paddy’s in Eagle-Vail. The show is free.

Long before having stepped foot in Colorado, McKay sang choir and began studying classical piano in his youth. These musical roots held strong as his talent and experience grew. Having found this passion at such a young age, McKay pursued jazz theory training and eventually moved to Colorado to attend college and study music.

Post-college, McKay jumped into the local scene and dedicated five years to touring and collaborating with Colorado’s Band Du Jour. Following his extended stint with the band and having made a significant impression on notable musicians, McKay was invited to play with classic southern rockers Derek Trucks Band for more than five years. He continues to contribute his skill and love for music with an array of musicians, including his brother John, and of course, staple group Leftover Salmon.

McKay was influenced by a diverse sampling of keyboardists including Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Jimmy Smith to vocalists such as Aretha Franklin, Freddie King and Bobby Bland. He has used these influences and found his own inspiration to forge many musical paths, and audiences can expect a diverse and exciting performances.

John Scheid does freelance marketing work for Paddy’s. E-mail comments about this story to cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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