We are excited to announce that John McDonough will release his new EP, “We’ll Answer the Call” on Friday, June 17th, 2022
“To say John is obsessed with this story EP is an understatement,” John McDonough laughs when asked about Joe Rantz, the Washington Huskies 1930’s rowing program, and their epic bid for gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. “I have even ﬂown to Seattle to see the Husky Clipper, the original and restored eight-man boat used to win gold in Berlin!” With these ﬁve songs, McDonough tells the complete story of Joe Rantz and his unbelievably diﬃcult childhood, his love aﬀair with future wife Joyce Simdars, struggling to reach his potential as a person and oarsman in college, and ultimately achieving the highest levels of self-actualization in becoming an Olympian and winning gold.
We’ll Answer the Call has the classic feel of legendary songwriters combined with the modern production of today’s standards. “I’ve been spending time with my old favorites such as John Denver, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, and James Taylor, and I felt their vibes coming through as I wrote these songs.” The EP sounds full while retaining an airiness and lightness to it, and while McDonough records with a full band on this outing, there is an emphasis on acoustic guitars, piano, and lead and backing vocals.
Between relocating to Chicago in 2020 after 25 years in Austin, Texas, and the successful 2021 release of his acoustic CD titled Second Chances, the last few years have been a whirlwind for John. Through it all, he has stayed the course in his commitment to improving his songwriting and guitar skills. This work ethic has resulted in his strongest collection of songs yet. Recorded with longtime friends and colleagues from the Austin area, the music gels, and it feels like you are listening to a record that has marinated for years and is now ready to be heard.