McMains review…May 29, 2018….

MCMAINS

AMERICAN SOUL

WELLAND INTERNATIONAL

WOULD IF I COULD–DEVIL DON’T CARE–DON’T SAY GOODNIGHT TONIGHT–SINCE I STARTED LOVING YOU–IS IT OVER–SHENANDOAH–END OF THE DAY–HELLO HEARTBREAK–TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS–NEVER 2 LATE 4 LOVE–SLOW DOWN MY HEART–TIME WELL WASTED–UNDER THE SUN

Americana-roots troubadour Mick McMains has just released his first full-length album since 2012, this one entitled “American Soul.” On this well-crafted set, the listener is treated to some love songs, some drinkin’ songs, and a couple of cool, more traditional cuts. Yep, McMains explores many aspects of everyday life thru this material, which is sometimes biting and gritty, and sometimes done with a keen sense of humor.

On guitar and vocals, McMains leads off with a song that identifies the fact that, in life, “the path is the thing,” and “I Would If I Could, do it all over again, with you.”  This one features Dave Pearlman on the pedal steel.  “Don’t Say Goodnight Tonight” chronicles a man looking for another shot at true love, and reaches the pinnacle in the lyrics of “Never 2 Late 4 Love,” with that catchy chorus, “look at me, I’m falling in love again.”  He closes the set with two more cool looks at love.  First is the tale of spending one’s time by living life to the fullest, where, even naysayers who decry he’s wasting his time, learn that time spent with his true love is “Time Well Wasted,” indeed!  The final cut is an island-flavored look at spending a lifetime with that special someone, “on an island lost at sea,” “Somewhere Under The Sun.”

McMains also tackles two iconic songs from the canon of traditional music.  “Shenandoah” features a sweet duet vocal from Cheyenne Jolene, while the unique use of accordion from Derek Reymer adds a bit of Cajun spice to the sprightly-uptempo arrangement of “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

Mick McMains is a true believer that the journey of life is best served with a healthy side of great music.  You can get plenty of that with “American Soul!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Joey Alkes on May 30, 2018 at 2:17 am

    love the McMains CD American Soul!

    Reply

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