Singer-songwriter Trevor McShane will join headliners Gretchen Christopher of The Fleetwoods and Lloyd Price, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, for one night only at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica.
McShane is the alter-ego recording artist of the prominent Beverly Hills entertainment attorney Neville Johnson, a leading advocate for artists’ rights who has been named one of the Hollywood Reporter’s top 100 power attorneys five years running, said representative Sheryl Feuerstein.
“Johnson has a fascinating identity crisis, but when the earthy, sultry low voice picks up his beloved guitar, powerful musical moments are unleashed. Poetic lyrics and infectious melodies start flowing and soon he fully embodies the Evolution of Cool, the dynamic new album by his musical alter-ego McShane,” notes Feuerstein.
“He’s driven by a hybrid vibe he calls folk-rock-country-pop, but his touches of the blues in his music call to mind the gritty sounds of Mark Knopfler, Leonard Cohen and several other artists, while creating an original path of his own.”
McShane has been a prolific songwriter all his life and recorded several albums, but Evolution of Cool is his first official release. His album includes the singer’s unique spin in French and English on “Beyond the Sea,” and fresh versions of Charlie Rich’s Sun Records-era song, “Lonely Weekends,” The Unique’s 1965 song “Not Too Long Ago,” and Gene and Eunice’s rhythm and blues song “Poco Loco” from 1959.
Johnson bought his first guitar at 20, and as an undergrad at the University of California-Berkeley, he was a DJ for the campus radio station KALX and the music critic for the school’s paper. A founder of the Beverly Hills-based firm, Johnson & Johnson, LLP, his several decade professional career, however, has been defined by being an advocate for “the little guy,” fighting for the rights of artists from all facets of the entertainment industry: songwriters, recording artists, actors, writers and directors, Feuerstein said.
Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased online.
McCabe’s is at 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Information, (310) 828-4497, or