Americana Husband/Wife Duo The Imaginaries Announce Debut Album

Oklahoma husband / wife duo, The Imaginaries, Shane Henry (guitar, vocals) and Maggie McClure (keys, piano, vocals), recently finished recording their debut album, their first together as The Imaginaries, in famed Muscle Shoals, AL.  It serves as both an introduction to their music together and the beginning of their journey as a band after both singer songwriters have had their own successes as solo artists.  Maggie, with her subtly sweet vocals and piano style blends seamlessly with Shane’s blues-rock grit to form their own unique blend of Americana music.

It all began when The Imaginaries traveled to Muscle Shoals, AL for a performance on Grammy-Award winning engineer John Cuniberti’s YouTube series called “The OneMic Series” which showcases recording artists performing two songs each around one AEA R88 stereo ribbon microphone – watch them perform “Revival” and “Thinking ‘Bout You.”  They had such an amazing experience being there that the duo decided to return to record their album.  They enlisted the help of legendary Muscle Shoals “Swamper,” bassist David Hood (Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Paul Simon), and session musicians such as Little Richard guitarist Kelvin Holly (Jason Isbell, Gregg Allman, Neil Young), bassist Shonna Tucker (Jason Isbell, Drive By Truckers, John Paul White), and keyboardist NC Thurman (Hank Williams Jr, Gregg Allman, Little Richard).  They also flew in drummer Rob Humphreys (Leonard Cohen, Jason Mraz) for the recording and worked with Chad Copelin (Sufjan Stevens, Christina Perri, Ben Rector) back in Oklahoma for keys and additional production as well as keyboardist Dan Walker (Heart).

Their experience in Muscle Shoals left a profound effect on the duo and what came out of those recording sessions were songs filled with effortless harmonies combined with heartfelt lyrics and real-life lessons like “Thinking ‘Bout You,” a sincere acoustic-driven song about missing someone you care about but don’t get to be with because of distance and “Revival,” a spiritual swampy roots song about finding hope and salvation.  It’s “about overcoming challenges,” says Maggie.  “The songs are inspired by personal experiences, our relationship, our struggles, and our journey.”

More information about the album will be announced soon.  In the meantime, they just performed at Toby Keith’s OK Kids Korral Fundraiser After Party, and will be playing select dates throughout the summer including two big headline shows in their home state – Sat, Aug 17 at Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, OK  for their – “Play It Loud” series – watch a special documentary shot by film maker Adam Hampton for the casino HERE and Sun, Aug 18 at Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City, OK  for the Twilight Concert Series (more dates to be announced soon).  They also performed four songs for One On One Cellar Sessions at City Winery – watch it HERE.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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