Noel McKay’s bio basically sounds like a country song: from Corpus Christi and the Valley to Lubbock and Austin, he’s spent most of his life experiencing all that Texas has to offer. He was even discovered by Guy Clark while playing at Kerrville Folk Festival in the early ’90s. Alongside his songwriting partner Brennen Leigh, McKay has toured the world with his blend of country, folk, and conjunto. It comes naturally to him; after all, in his recent My KUTX, he told us that his grandfather started the first country radio in South Texas.
McKay is playing a free show tonight at Gruene Hall, and we’re featuring a track off his 2014 album Is That So Much To Ask as the Song of the Day. “Are You Still Taking Them Pills” is a cautionary tale, but it’s cut with a wink that would make his Texas songwriting heroes proud. Download the song below.