CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Keeping an eight-member band together requires organization.
Sometimes, says McGees lead singer Mike Withrow, it also takes thick skin.
"It's really hard to have eight people in a room with eight different ideas," he said. "It's definitely hard to keep eight people on top of everything all the time, but we just try to stay focused and everybody we have now knows that. We have set practices. I book the shows. None of us plays with any other bands."
He and fellow songwriter Adam Bittebrand take the lead when it comes to arranging music.
Occasionally, other band members think he and Bittebrand "are jerks," Withrow said.
Getting their respective acts together is paying off for the McGees.
Now in the midst of recording a new CD - the title still is undetermined - the McGees are taking a more professional approach to the process and Withrow believes the results will show it.
"We've got an understanding where we make each other shine," he said.
The band will promote it on a 26-day tour that will take them from the Northeast to Florida.