The Keith McCarthy Group
Rock / Folk / Americana
Keith McCarthy has been a fixture of the NJ shore music scene for 20 years. By the age of 10, he was playing multiple instruments and writing rock, country, and blues-influenced songs of his own. As the millennium opened, he made his way as an aspiring singer/songwriter/guitar-slinger in salty Long Beach Island bars, before eventually gravitating north to Asbury Park. After dissolving the rock four-piece "Keith McCarthy and The Works", he settled into the shore coffeehouse scene. Joining the quintessential NJ rock group "Maybe Pete" in 2007 led to the introduction to his partner, wife, and band-mate of 15 years Lindsey (Miller) McCarthy. With Johnny Macko (of Maybe Pete) on drums and Andrew Clelland on bass, they formed the alt-country quartet "The Sunday Blues," releasing their album "City Folklore '' in 2012. Produced by Arlan Feiles, the album featured McCarthy's guitar, vocal, banjo, harmonica, and keyboard contributions, and included some of his best known songs ("The Overthrow", "Tinted Windows", "Love By Numbers").
The group performed as the opening act for renowned acts such as Leon Russell, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, and Shovels & Rope. McCarthy was recognized for his guitar prowess at the 2009 Asbury Park Music awards, followed by another award for all-around instrumental work in 2013. Although activity has slowed down for the band since the start of the COVID19 pandemic, Keith has kept busy writing and recording at home for future projects.
Keith currently resides in Neptune City, NJ with Lindsey, his daughter Dylan Magnolia, and his canine-daughter Zoe Hazel. He has no outstanding warrants.