Originally released by acclaimed guitarist Preston Reed, “Chattanooga,” has heavily inspired McKee’s playing style. “In my opinion, ‘Chattanooga’ by Preston Reed is one of the finest fingerstyle guitar pieces ever written,” says McKee. “It’s just loaded with texture, harmony, percussion, and melody. I love the key changes and chromaticism between some of the chords.”
The six-song Symbol EP is set for release on Friday, September 17 via Mythmaker Records in conjunction with Cruzen Street Records. The collection is filled with inspired renditions of compositions from artists that deeply influence McKee and song’s that connect to his musical past. He pulls from the catalogues of greats like Michael Hedges, Billy McLaughlin, Prince and others.
“These are my interpretations of tunes that really inspired me,” says McKee. “I wanted to give listeners a chance to hear what I hear when I listen to this music. I also wanted to branch out a bit and include music that isn’t originally for acoustic guitar.”