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Rock and roll inspired artist presents work

Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Phil McKenney, a Montross original, keeps developing and expanding his original artistic pursuits. Currently he is showcasing his portraits of Rock ’n’ Roll stars of the mid to late 1950s while telling their stories and giving catchy renditions of some of their hit songs. This summer, he’s given about one show a week, and last week he brightened the day for the seniors at Commonwealth Assisted Living in Farnham.

“I never saw this coming,” said the 1973 W&L High School grad. “If someone had told me Two and a half years ago that I’d be doing this, I’d have said, ‘Man, you’ve got to be nuts!’  This is a whole new direction for me. I’ve never been in a band or sung in the Church choir. I don’t think I’ve ever taken myself this far out of my comfort zone. But the artistic creative challenge makes it worth doing.”

Performing for seniors who knew the songs in their youth is also satisfying for McKenney: “Sometimes they sing along, or share a memory about the songs or artists,” he said. “When they enjoy it, I’m so glad.” Performing at Farnham has special meaning for him because his mom, Lucy Walker McKenney, lived there for a time until her passing in 2009.

For the full article, pick up the latest Westmoreland News 8/29/18

Photo: Phil McKenney presents his caricature-like drawing of Fats Domino.