John McDonough’s new concept EP, ‘We’ll Answer The Call,’ tells the story of Joe Rantz, the Washington Husky rowing team, and their epic bid to win the Gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
Ever hear of Joe Rantz? His remarkable story has inspired a book, a movie to be directed by George Clooney, and now a riveting concept EP by John McDonough. Joe Rantz was part of the 1936 University of Washington eight-oared crew team who won the Olympic Gold Medal. The EP will be released on June 17, 2022.
Through 5 songs, ‘We’ll Answer The Call”, tells a tale of survival and self-determination. When Rantz was just four years old, he lost his mother to throat cancer. Later as a young teen, due to growing tension with his step-mother, Rantz lived alone in a half-finished cabin in the woods all the while attending school.
I am so obsessed with this story I flew to Seattle to see the Husky Clipper. The Husky Clipper is the original and restored eight man boat that was used to win gold in Berlin, and is now hanging in the University of Washington boathouse. It’s a beautiful boat and a true piece of art. It was a very moving experience for me to see it, and the last song on the EP is sung from the point of view of this boat.” – John McDonough
About John McDonough
John McDonough is a singer/songwriter from Chicago, Illinois whose shows span six decades of hits combined with unique and moving originals. John’s acoustic guitar work, passionate vocals, and personal lyrics result in a modern singer/songwriter sound rarely heard. Before relocating to Chicago in 2020, John had spent 25 years performing in and around Austin, TX. He played to the rowdy crowds of 6th street, the dinner crowds of the suburbs, and everything in-between. Ten years ago John retired from psychotherapy to focus solely on music, and in that time has released five CD’s of original music, played over 500 gigs, performed in eleven major music festivals, several times appeared and performed on local and national radio, and embarked on successful tours throughout the United States. ‘Dream’s and Imagination,’ ‘Surrounding Colors,’ and ‘Can You See Me Now,’ released between 2014 to 2019, all received great reviews and airplay throughout Europe and the United States, with all three releases spending six consecutive months on the Americana Music Association Record Chart.
In 2021, John released an acoustic CD titled ‘Second Chances.’ ‘Second Chances’ consists of fresh, acoustic arrangements of his favorite songs from previous releases, and was nominated for Album Of The Year by The Josie Awards and Blues And Roots Magazine. John has drawn comparisons to Elton John, Harry Chapin, and Van Morrison for his vocal abilities while his emotional story telling has been compared to the songwriting styles of Damien Rice and James Blunt. John is very excited to release his new concept EP, ‘We’ll Answer The Call,’ June 17th, 2022. This EP tells the story of Joe Rantz, the Washington Husky rowing team, and their epic bid to win gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. He is also very excited to get back into Roxie, his small RV, and tour the United States.
For more information, please visit John McDonough’s website.
ROCSTRONG has released a pop-rock single, “MOON”
From the moment you hit play, the mellifluous vocals of the emerging Congolese-Dubliner phenomenon André Bangala, widely recognized as ROCSTRONG, in conjunction with the enchanting harmonies of Tolü Makay, produce a musical fabric that transports the listener to a realm where ethereal melodies converge with the dynamic rhythms of his most recent single “MOON.”
At its core, “MOON” celebrates the pursuit of self-discovery after a brief hiatus during the Covid era. Its charismatic charm skillfully weaves a tale of uncomplicated living juxtaposed with profound introspection that resonates with authenticity. The song’s lyrics focus on the essential aspects of health, wealth, and freedom, serving as a timely reminder to embrace life’s simple pleasures beyond our comfort zones, even amidst the possibilities of challenging times. The song’s infectious rhythm carries listeners along effortlessly, creating an uplifting atmosphere.
Drawing inspiration from prominent musical figures such as Childish Gambino, Andre 3000, and Frank Ocean, ROCSTRONG incorporates his distinctive style in producing “MOON.” The outcome is a masterpiece that surpasses the limits of genres and efficiently reintroduces audiences to his introspective artistry.
Over the past year, ROCSTRONG has encountered unprecedented challenges, yet he has emerged as an artist with enhanced resilience and a more robust fortitude. His music’s soaring chorus and pulsating beat inspire us to embrace the unknown with open arms as we passionately pursue our dreams. He promises even more sonic adventures with each new release, weaving captivating storytelling that further cement his place in the music industry. As an artist who refuses to be deterred by obstacles, ROCSTRONG is well-positioned to conquer the music world again.
The forthcoming album ‘Road Trip FM‘ by ROCSTRONG, a highly anticipated release, is set to impact the industry significantly. ROCSTRONG’s extensive discography, which includes “MOON,” distinguishes him as a true trailblazer in the field.
“MOON” by ROCSTRONG should be considered a must-listen for those craving a memorable pop-rock experience. So keep your ears open and allow “MOON” to serve as a fitting soundtrack to the stars, an anthem of motivation, inspiration, and limitless creativity. With ROCSTRONG’s mastery at the forefront, the sky’s the limit. Prepare to be swept away by the enchantment of ROCSTRONG’s music.
ANDY SMYTHE unleashed a symphonic anthem with “Out of My Mind”
At the pulsating heart of ANDY SMYTHE’s latest single, “Out of My Mind,” lies an evocative narrative that transcends conventional music. The song portrays a symphonic rock splendor that explores the timeless quest for love and meaning amidst the hustle and bustle of city life. Against the dynamic backdrop of London’s music scene, Smythe delves into the introspective journey of an individual in their late twenties navigating the maze of gigs, social gatherings, and nightclubs in search of a compatible ‘soul partner.’ The song’s lyrics provide insight into the complexities of relationships, suggesting that sometimes, love lurks in the most unexpected corners of our consciousness, awaiting discovery.
One of the most striking features of the song is its accompanying video, which showcases the use of AI actors, adding a thought-provoking aspect to the production. Smythe collaborated with visual artist Gary Brady to bring the lyrical narrative to life, creating a visually captivating experience that complements the song’s evocative themes.
“Out of My Mind” follows Smythe’s artistic evolution since his critically acclaimed psychedelic anthem, ‘Prodigal Son.’ This time, Smythe ventures into new sonic territories, incorporating a dynamic brass sound featuring trumpeter Hank Zorn, polished to perfection by producer Dave Palmer.
His distinctive vocal style, reminiscent of the legendary musicians Lennon, McCartney, Jeff Buckley, and Rufus Wainwright, exudes a bright radiance throughout the composition “Out of My Mind.” With an impressive four-octave range, Smythe effortlessly navigates the intricate melodies of the song, leaving audiences spellbound and yearning for more.
As anticipation builds for Smythe’s upcoming album, ‘Poetry in Exile,’ slated for release soonest, “Out of My Mind” becomes a tantalizing taste of what promises to be a modern-day ‘Sergeant Pepper’ for a new generation of music lovers.
“Out of My Mind” presents a sublime artistic expression that submerges listeners in the creative depths of the human experience, testifying to Smythe’s unparalleled talent and infinite potential to enhance a symphony of sound from inception to completion. This phenomenon is a must-listen in today’s music landscape, and we highly recommend keeping your ears open for more.