Hey Guys, Watch This: Nellie McKay

I was so happy to be speaking again with the inimitable Nellie McKay, a starburst of humor, talent, skill, and insight. She’s a superb and courageous singer/songwriter with nine albums including Get Away From Me, Sister Orchid and her latest album, Hey Guys, Watch This. We talked about her new album of original songs, and a host of other topics including animal rights, the War in Ukraine, the COVID lockdowns, and more.

Click on the triangle or mp3 link above to hear the interview as broadcast on the Arts Express radio program today, heard on WBAI FM NYC and Pacifica affiliates across the nation.

Compared To What

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Monday morning, this Gene McDaniels/Eddie Harris song seems more and more relevant every day. Here’s the great Nellie McKay from a performance just last month giving it her all.

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Across The Universe

A John Lennon song, evidently one of his favorites.

Nellie McKay on piano, Colin Hay of the Australian Men at Work on acoustic guitar, Nick Foster on electric guitar and Helen Foster singing harmony.

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Does Everything Have To Be Funny?

In which Nellie McKay answers that burning title question–and sings a version of “Moon River” to boot.

(The expert panel of the Language Acquisition and Identification Department of Shalblog® Industries is identifying the language in the song, within a 2-3% margin of error, as being Portuguese.)

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And Your Little Dog, Two


Monday Morning, Nellie McKay‘s ode to her animal friend, “The Dog Song.” I’ve posted this song before, done when she was a young pup, and this much more recent performance of the song is even better. It cheered me up in the space of a few minutes.

Thanks to YouTuber Music and More Blog

Murder In My Heart For The Judge: Nellie McKay


Nellie McKay‘s version of the Moby Grape song. And dig the great Betty Boop cartoon to which she set it.

A week observing immigration court will have you singing this too.

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Whoa, Nellie!

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The wonderfully versatile singer, actor, and songwriter Nellie McKay spoke with us a while back, following her engagement at Birdland in New York City. You can listen to the interview as broadcast yesterday on the Arts Express radio program on WBAI 99.5FM NYC by clicking on the little triangle above.

Mrs. Brown: Nellie McKay


Monday morning, Nellie McKay takes a page from Herman’s Hermits and visits Mrs. Brown. We went to see Nellie sing a few weeks ago in Manhattan and halfway through her set she stepped out from behind her piano, pulled out her ukulele, and sung this.

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Gold Dust At My Feet


Monday morning, Nellie McKay and Friends heating things up on The Sunny Side Of The Street.

Nellie McKay – vocals; Dan Levinson – clarinet; Gordon Au – trumpet; Jim Fryer – trombone; Chris St. Hilaire – snare drum

Thanks to YouTuber Dennis Lichtman

Compared To What?


Nellie and Company take a swing at the Eugene McDaniels classic made famous by Les McCann and Eddie Harris

piano & vocals – Nellie McKay; bass – Alexi David; guitar – Cary Park; drums – Kenneth Salters

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Nellie’s Updated Fixin’s


Monday Morning, Mckay makes mischief.

The versatile Nellie McKay, performing on The Jimmy Dore Show, updates an old Country Joe and The Fish anti-war standard. (NSFW)

Thanks to YouTuber The Jimmy Dore Show

Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying


A terrific version of the Gerry and the Pacemakers’ song by the multi-talented Nellie McKay. It’s so good it makes me want to keep playing it over and over.

Thanks to YouTuber eTown