News Country 08/12/2004

Americana roots 'story-singer' Kim McLean releases 'Angels and Eagles', her new duet with Dolly Parton

N. Carolina (Hippie Chick Twang Records/ - Kim McLean (Hippie Chick Twang Records) sings her mountain melodies to the world, with her new single, "Angels and Eagles", a lovely duet with the immortal Dolly Parton. In this original song, award-winning songwriter, McLean, captures the incredibly honest emotion of the 'airport goodbye', leaving no heartstring un-plucked.

First written to process the bittersweet send-off of her oldest daughter departing on an overseas journey, 'Angels and Eagles' took on new meaning when performed live for the families of the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell Kentucky, a U.S. military base home to the troop dubbed, 'The Screaming Eagles'.

Robert K. Oermann of Music Row Magazine said of 'Angels and Eagles', '...This track's melody is as lovely as heirloom lace. Floating above her lead vocal throughout is the ethereal soprano harmony of Dolly Parton.'

Kim McLean is from Greensboro, NC, carrying the lineage of Irish mountain pioneers and her Cherokee grandmothers in the haunting roots of her musical style. She is the consumate 'story-singer', who unlike many of the corporate song-factory tunesmith's of the new music world, and has actually lived all the stories of which she sings. There is truth and an authentic heart in the song of Kim McLean.

'Finally Kim gave them what they really wanted.' - Americana Tonight

Reclaiming her birth-name, caring little about what the industry calls 're-branding', she went with what settled well with her soul, letting her seventeen years of award-winning songs penned for others under the name, Kim Patton-Johnston, stand as a beautiful ghost on a lengthy discography, as she flies into the future, the person she was born, from the 'mountains of the blue smoke'.

'Kim McLean is one of the most gifted and giving people in Nashville. Her talents as a songwriter and singer have long made Kim one of Music Row's hottest properties' --Phil Sweetland, Country music and radio contributor, The New York Times

'Angels and Eagles' has gotten pre-release airplay from Bob Harris of BBC2, Ralph McLean of BBC's Radio-Ulster, Brian Mann/BBC-Suffolk, and across Europe along with Americana/Roots stations in America. January '05 marks the single's official release.

'Kim is a truly gifted singer/songwriter, a 'veteran of a thousand psychic wars, ' and the epitome of her genre.' - Robert DeGraw, Jr, creator of

'Angels and Eagles' is available for sampling at For promotional/review copies of Kim McLean's entire 'Happy Face' CD, contact Hippie Chick Twang Records at (615)858-1268 or email e-mail protected from spam bots. Interviews can be easily arranged in person or via phone/ISDN patch through the same channels.

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