Singer-songwriter Brendan Mc Kinney prepares to play Nashville |

Singer-songwriter Brendan Mc Kinney prepares to play Nashville

Daily staff report
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

Local musician Brendan Mc Kinney isn’t taking it easy this off season. He will perform Tuesday at the Sirius/XM theatre at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The show is entitled “Heroes Behind the Hits” and features Mc Kinney along with Adroit recording artists Harry Stinson, Lisa Carver and Craig Monday – songwriters who have written for such artists as Jewel, Tim McGraw, Sugarland and Kenny Chesney.

In October of 2010, Mc Kinney released his first solo CD, “Best They Can,” on Adroit Records with his band The 99 Brown Dogs. The CD included the track “Get Yourself Paroled” and in March the song made history when it was broadcast live from the International Space Station to Austin, Texas during South By Southwest. (

“I’m sharing this bill with these accomplished singer songwriters virtually because of the breakthrough with the single ‘Get Yourself Paroled,'” said McKinney. “I owe a special debt of gratitude to Astronaut Cady Coleman for playing my song in space … it still blows me away when I see the video on YouTube.”

Mc Kinney, who splits his time between Nashville and Colorado, performs regularly in the Vail Valley during the summer and winter seasons at venues such as The Red Lion, Pepi’s, Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek and Mezzaluna in Lionshead.

“This show at the Bridgestone Arena is being recorded live to tape,” Mc Kinney said. “It will be broadcast on Sirius/XM satellite radio at a future time. This is a great shot in the arm for my career.”

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In October Mc Kinney will perform at some well known Philadelphia venues and with his band, the 99 Brown Dogs, at Douglas Corner and solo at the Bluebird, two prime venues in Nashville, during Americana Music Awards week.

“The shows are a little more high profile in the next four weeks, ” Mc Kinney said. “It’s gonna be a lot of fun.”

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