Happy release day John McDonough’s Second Chances

JohTheMa PROMOTIONS is proud to announce the release of John McDonough’s brand new release “Second Chances”. Choosing his favorite songs from “Dreams and Imagination” (2014) and “Surrounding Colors” (2016), McDonough has created an acoustic album that is upbeat while introspective, full sounding while sparse, and rocking in its intricacy. Timeless music always deserves a second chance. “I’m very nostalgic for the days of MTV’s unplugged, and I have always loved the combination of the rock ’n’ roll voice with acoustic instrumentation. I have dreamed of making an album in this vein for a long time.” says John McDonough

With his songwriting skills honed and returning to his roots of being an acoustic singer-songwriter, McDonough’s 2019 release, “Can You See Me Now” landed on several American charts as well as gathered airplay and great reviews worldwide. Unable to tour in 2020 as planned due to the pandemic, McDonough used his downtime to focus on his guitar skills and the rearrangement of these older songs. “I felt the songs would really shine with the focus being on my words and melodies.”

While acoustic and sparse, “Second Chances” has a full, bright sound. Kris Farrow’s (Kyle Park, Micky, and the Motorcars) acoustic lead is intricate and engrossing as well as nuanced and tender. The strings add sophisticated beauty to the arrangements, and Cody Rathmell’s (Cody Bryan Band) backing vocals polish everything off with interest and energy that leaves you wishing the album would never end. McDonough has been disciplined and dedicated in the study of his craft since retiring from psychotherapy in 2011. This release is a testament that songs, and people, deserve second chances. Here is what some media already quoted. Support the artist and download your digital copy NOW…

Rock Times (DE)

  • Schon beim ersten Hördurchgang fühlt man von der musikalischen John McDonough-Leichtigkeit angezogen. Um all die Nuancen und Empfindungen wirken zu lassen, wird die Scheibe zu so etwas wie einem Dauerbrenner im Player. Second Chances hat sich zu etwas Besonderem entwickelt und wirkt beruhigend. Der mittlerweile in Chicago lebende John McDonough hat sich genau richtig entschieden, ältere Songs aus seinem Fundus in akustischen Versionen zu präsentieren. Großartige Singer-songwriter Musik trifft auf ein wenig zu kurze Gesamtspielzeit.
  • Already at the first listening pass, you feel attracted by the musical John McDonough lightness. To make all the nuances and sensations work, the disc becomes something like a permanent burner in my player. Second Chances has become something special and has a calming effect. John McDonough, who now lives in Chicago, has decided to present older songs from his collection in acoustic versions. Great singer-songwriter music meets a little too short total playing time.

BarnOwl Blues (NL)

  • John McDonough is een van die componisten, die kleine waardevolle verhaaltjes schrijft en deze op een zeer fraaie weet te verpakken in een muzikale omlijsting. Een prachtige CD en een absolute aanrader voor de liefhebbers goed geschreven en gemaakte muziek.
  • John McDonough is one of those composers, who writes small valuable stories and manages to wrap them in a musical frame in a very beautiful way. A beautiful CD and an absolute must for lovers well-written and made music.

Alt-Country Forum (NL)

  • De gitaarkunsten van McDonough en de nieuwe arrangementen hier klinken een stuk boeiender en interessanter dan zijn voorgangers. Prachtige melancholische muziek in zijn volle glorie.
  • McDonough’s guitar skills and the new arrangements here sound a lot more engaging and interesting than his predecessors. Beautiful melancholic music in its full glory.

Country JukeBox (DE)

  • Gekonntes Songwriting mit einnehmenden Melodien und einer druckvollen, ausdrucksstarken Stimme, die eine ganz besondere Schönheit ausstrahlt. John überzeugt mit gewaltigen Liedern, die nicht lehren, sondern den Hörer ansprechen, wie es nur wenige zu schaffen vermögen – längst hat er seinen eigenen lyrischen wie musikalischen Stil gefunden, so dass sich Vergleiche mit anderen Künstlern erübrigen.
  • Skillful songwriting with engaging melodies and a powerful, expressive voice that radiates a very special beauty. John convinces with powerful songs that not teach, but appeal to the listener, as few can manage – he has long since found his own lyrical and musical style so that comparisons with other artists are unnecessary.