Single I Bywater Call – Roll




The single release accompanies the official announcement that the band will release their highly anticipated third studio album ‘Shepherd’ on August 9th. The album is available to pre-order from May 15th via

“Roll” was recorded and mixed by Bywater drummer Bruce McCarthy at his studio The BeatFarm in Toronto. “This song, through the stories of three ordinary people, speaks to the curve balls thrown at us all in the game of life,” says Bywater Call’s singer, Meghan Parnell. “The lesson: you have to hold your head up and just keep moving forward.”

Featuring a signature bass line played by Mike Meusel and conceived by keyboard player John Kervin, who throws in his own tasteful organ lick, the original inspiration for “Roll” was an old James Carr R&B tune, “The Dark End of the Street.” he song, however, quickly took on a life of its own.

Throw in the classic soul of Otis Redding, the American rootsiness of the Wood Brothers, a little humour and quirk, mainly supplied by drummer Bruce McCarthy’s percussion, some twangy resonator and fiery slide guitar from Dave Barnes, sultry vocals from Meghan Parnell, and then top it all off with the unforgettable horn section of Julian Nalli (Sax) and Stephen Dyte (trumpet) and a gospel-inspired build that will have us all celebrating our resilience; out comes “Roll”.

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

2-May Leiden, Netherlands Qbus
3-May Ospel, Netherlands Moulin Blues
4-May Dortmund, Germany Musiktheater Piano
5-May Assen, Netherlands Bevrijdings Festival
19-May Schöppingen, Germany Grolsch Blues Festival
4-October Zaandam, Netherlands De Flux
5-October Enschede, Netherlands Mystiek Theatre
6-October Weert, Netherlands De Bosuil
9-October Utrecht, Netherlands Tivoli (Cloud 9)
12-October Assen, Netherlands New Blues Festival


Meghan Parnell – Lead Vocals
Dave Barnes – Guitars
Stephen Dyte – Trumpet and Valve Trombone
John Kervin – Keyboards, Background Vocals
Bruce McCarthy – Drums and Percussion
Mike Meusel – Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Julian Nalli – Saxophones

Bywater Call - Roll