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, earning him a Platinum disc award from AirplayExpress, leading to the anticipation of his first solo CD since Guitar Love in 2012, called American Soul, on Welland International, being released this May.
Of Guitar Love, the unrelenting music critic – Leicester Bangs said, “The opening title track is truly a paean to six strings on a block of wood, to the Wilburys-esque “Endless Sky,” fans of literate, grown-up pop songs could do a lot worse,” – MP3 Music
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 Englishman John Wicks’ The Records; and was involved with art music ensemble DJ Monkey, co-producing two of their critically acclaimed albums.
A descendent of Devil Anse Hatfield (of the legendary American folklore clan the Hatfields) McMains documents 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.
McMains can be heard with his recording of “I Walk Alone” in The Switch, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman; and with “Sexy, Sexy” in the film Hard Breakers.
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 – the singer and songwriter – is the star here and such tracks as WOULD IF I COULD, DEVIL DON’T CARE and NEVER 2 LATE 4 LOVE demonstrate that in the acoustic tinged realm of alt-country/americana, McMAINS is an undisputed talent that stands out from the crowd.
Brian DJ Lush http://rockwired.com/MickMcMains2018.html March 26, 2018
“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 without getting old. Packed with plenty of musical nuance, you will discover something new with each listen.”- Joshua Smotherman, April 9, 2018 MiddleTennesseeMusic.com
“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 Country Review: McMains-American Soul
Music Journalist Devorah Ostrov @DevorahOstrov Apr 5 Just received “American Soul” – the fabulous new #McMains CD! It’s so good! Many thanks to @joeyalkes #Americana #countrymusic
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