Biography:

Sumner McKane is a collector of images. A guitarist and composer with a photographer’s mind, McKane’s mental snapshots of trails traveled and times past inevitably find their way in to musical interpretations of these scenes. The vivid nature of the resulting soundscapes reveal musical and emotional themes that inexplicably straddle the line between fresh and familiar, all with fantastic facility.

In a review of McKane's "What A Great Place To be", John Diliberto, host of National Public Radio's- Echoes, said: "McKane's landscapes are tinged in ambient atmospheres and pulled by an undertow of psychedelia that makes them some of the most unassumingly mind-bending music of the decade."

"What A Great Place To Be" was 2nd on the 25 Essential Echoes CDs of 2008, & was in the top-5 in the 2008 Echoes listener poll. Sumner Has had 4 records in the Essential Echoes' top-25 lists, over the years. His most recent release, the soundtrack for his film, "In The Blood", has been in consistent rotation since September 2011. The Sumner McKane Group has taped four live shows for the Echoes "Living Room" concert series. The group's first Living Room Concert, in 2004, was chosen to be on a live compilation featuring Yo Yo Ma, Will Ackerman, Kaki King, The Album Leaf and Ottmar Liebert. The last live show was in 2009, and featured songs from the Sumner McKane Group's live score for the silent film, Nanook Of The North.

In another recent review, the post rock blog-The Silent Ballet claims: "McKane is without question amongst the most talented songwriters, producers, and guitar players making ambient instrumental music right now."

McKane's most recent project, In The Blood, is a documentary film, as well as a live, self proclaimed "docu-exhibit": a combination of film, oral histories, sound design, and live music. In The Blood has seen success as both a film, and as a docu-exhibit. He has been performing In The Blood to sell-out audiences throughout Maine, as well as in schools throughout the state.

Sumner created In The Blood based in his educational experience as a historian and photographer, and from his career as a professional performing musician. McKane studied photography at the rocky Mountain School of Photography, and at the University of Montana. He studied history at the University of Montana and at the University of Southern Maine, and graduated from USM with high honors in history, and as a member of Phi Alpha Theta- the National Historians Honors Society.

Sumner grew up in Damariscotta, a small town in Maine’s midcoast region. This area that McKane called home is located at the head of a river, and abuts some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the state; perfect settings for the cinematic soundscapes McKane would come to create.

In 1997 A trek across the country to Montana brought new experiences and, obviously, new landscape. Sumner stayed westward for years, honing his twangy country chops as well as playing atmospheric solo acoustic guitar. These seemingly different routes have met in the middle and are the main road running through the middle of McKane’s truly awe-inspiring and dynamic music.

Aside from Sumner’s career writing and recording his original music, he has spent the last 15 years playing lead guitar in various country acts from Maine to Tennessee. He is currently touring with the award winning Nashville-based Don Campbell, who maintains over one hundred shows a year. Sumner's career in country music may seem unlikely considering he grew admiring and learning the playing of Johnny Marr, Robert Smith, David Gilmour, Andy Summers, Jimi Hendrix, and Alex Lifeson, to name a few.

McKane’s tastes have always been diverse and varied, but country was never considered an influence. Since entering the country music circuit, McKane states he has truly enjoyed developing his abilities as a country player, as well as touring the country and playing some of the largest venues the country offers. He says, one of the biggest thrills for him has been opening for country legends such as Willie Nelson &
Charlie Daniels, also opening for current top-40 artists, such as Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Kenny Chesney & Carrie Underwood, among others.

Sumner is currently touring with In The Blood. He is booking performances in arts venues and theaters, as well as presenting for middle school, high school, and college students. He is also touring with the Don Campbell Band. He teaches at the Midcoast Guitar School in Wiscasset, as well as at Buckdancers Choice Music School, in Portland.

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