ACCLAIMED SINGER-SONGWRITER MCMAINS RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM SINCE GUITAR LOVEIN 2012 WITH AMERICAN SOUL
Singer-Songwriter McMains’fun, everyone has been there, Don’t Say Good Night Tonight reached the #1 spot (most downloaded cut) on the Airplay Express Top 40 chart this past December leading to the anticipation of his first solo CD since Guitar Love in 2012, called American Soul, on Welland International, released this May.
Of Guitar Love, the unrelenting music critic – Leicester Bangssaid, “The opening title track is truly a paean to six strings on a block of wood, to theWilburys-esque “Endless Sky,”fans of literate, grown-up pop songs could do a lot worse,” –MP3 Music
A descendent of Devil Anse Hatfield (of the legendary American folklore clan the Hatfields) McMainsdocuments his legacy in Devil Don’t Care, early on in the 13 track American Soul album; but spends most of his craft in a dazzling collection of beautiful songs of self-awareness, love, humor and vision.
Not easily pinned down to a genre in his earlier years, he’s toured Europe as bassist with punk band The Generators, spent two years as the vocalist for Earl Slick’s band, another two as the lead guitarist with EnglishmanJohn Wicks’ The Records; and was involved with art music ensemble DJ Monkey, co-producing two of their critically acclaimed album. He is also a member of The McMains Brothers, a popular roots act in Southern California.
McMains can be heard with his recording of “I Walk Alone” in The Switch, starringJennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman; and with “Sexy, Sexy” in the film Hard Breakers.
“McMains’ live sound is rich, developed in his decades of playing in which no gig or town was too big or too small.” – Carl Kozlowski, Entertainment Editor, Pasadena Weekly, May 4, 2018https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/altadena-singer-songwriter-mick-mcmains-plays-two-big-shows-saturday/
“Just when you thought the days of the country troubadour had vanished, along comes McMains to let us know that classic country with an Americana flavor is still alive and well. McMains hits the ground running on “Would if I Could,” and never stops, delivering an album of 13 songs that belong in the library of every true country” – Drama Bob, No Depression May 21, 2018http://nodepression.com/album-review/mick-mcmains-proves-his-american-soul
“McMains …documents his legacy on the album; creating a dazzling collection of beautiful songs of self-awareness, love, humor and vision, the album is 13 tracks of pure wit and wisdom.” – Album Review by Joseph Timmons: IndiePulse Music Magazine Journalist. 5/15/18https://indiepulsemusic.com/2018/05/15/american-soul-by-mcmains/
“Delivering impactful songs founded in a potent blend of roots rock consisting of elements from Folk, Americana, Country Rock and Bluegrass, McMains crafts songs with an impressive pop appeal. Featuring rich melodies, soulful vocals, pristine production and masterful musicianship, American Soul is a roots rockin’ powerhouse of an album that can be listened to repeatedly.”- Joshua Smotherman, April 9, 2018 MiddleTennesseeMusic.com https://www.midtnmusic.com/mcmains-american-soul/
“AMERICAN SOUL is a celebration of all of the ups and downs that go along with love, romance and just plain living… back porch, down-home love songs gloriously crafted roots rockers (or is it country?) McMAINS…demonstrate that in the acoustic tinged realm of alt-country/americana, McMAINS is an undisputed talent that stands out from the crowd.
“Country, blues, and pop with a definite bite….refreshing, and a bit gritty and down to earth, which I like. If you are in for a countryfied bit of a listen, I think giving American Soul a spin may be just what the music doctor ordered.” –Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck March 16, 2018
“Great song (“Would If I Could”) great voice…” – Michael De Barres, May 29, 2018.
“American Soul …an honest, down to earth collection of tuneful tales about the trials and tribulations of love and life. It’s just plain real.” – Will Phoenix, BlastingNews.com, May 2018 https://us.blastingnews.com/opinion/2018/05/for-the-record-mcmains-releases-american-soul-002587691.html
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