Bywater Call release "As If" single and music video from upcoming album "Shepherd"



“An emerging force to be reckoned with.” – 3songsbonn

Canadian Roots, Rock, and Soul band Bywater Call release the super-charged “As If”, their third single of 2024, and the fifth song released from their upcoming studio album Shepherd. Stream the single HERE.

The new single follows the May 15th opening of pre-sales for the band’s highly anticipated third studio album Shepherd which is set to come out on August 9th. Pre-order links can be found via

Driven by Mike Meusel on bass and Bruce McCarthy on drums, “As If is a dynamic funk, rock n’ soul inspired number featuring soaring, emotion-filled vocals and ripping guitar, all expertly coloured in with an undeniable groove from the keys and horns.  The bursting energy in As If has made it an immediate hit with audiences from the moment it was first played in a live setting in mid-2023. Watch the music video for “As If” HERE.

As If” was partially filmed and recorded at friend, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Howley’s beautiful barn studio in the country of Ontario, Canada where he acted as engineer.  Bass (Mike Meusel), drums (Bruce McCarthy), horns (Julian Nalli, sax and Stephen Dyte, trumpet) and keys (John Kervin) were captured live-off-the-floor.  Additional recording, including lead vocals (Meghan Parnell) and Guitars (Dave Barnes), was captured by Bywater drummer Bruce McCarthy (The BeatFarm in Toronto), who also acted as mixing engineer.

 “As If” follows the April release of Roll and the March release of Holler” - which saw extensive A-list radio play on UK’s Planet Rock Radio. It also follows the 2023 releases of singles “Sweet Maria” and “For All We Know, which received rave reviews from UK, Europe, and North America. All four tunes will be included on the new album.

Bywater Call cross and blend multiple genres into a sound that is distinctly their own. They are talented both individually and as a group, they have a chemistry that is palpable, and they play a blend of music and musical styles that is impossible to not connect with.
– Rick Witt, 
Denver Entertainment Hub

Set to come out August 9th, 2024, Shepherd features a captivating mix of 10 original songs, showcasing the bands continual exploration, experimentation, and reach beyond the boundaries of their genre, further developing their own unique voice. The new music shows their growth, while still paying tribute to their historical and contemporary influences.

Julian Nalli - Sax (L), Mike Meusel – Bass (Top L), John Kervin – Keys (Top R), Stephen Dyte – Trumpet (R),
Dave Barnes - Guitar (Bottom L), Meghan Parnell – Lead Vocal (Centre), Bruce McCarthy – Drums (Bottom R).
Photo Credit: © Erin Consentino

Often transcending genres, Bywater Call is known for their dynamic, emotional live shows, featuring powerful vocals and exciting interplay between all band members. 

The band was UK Blues Award nominated for the 2024 International Blues Artist of the Year. They have toured extensively in Europe where shows have been praised by Dutch, German and UK media, with references to Meghan as one of the best female voices in blues and roots today. 

Bywater has been busy. In 2023 alone, they played a total of 96 shows in 10 countries, 89 cities, 19 US states and 3 Canadian provinces, including Joe Bonamassa’s third Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean Cruise

In October 2024, they headline their second UK tour. Dates and details at

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