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The Johnny Mac Band - Destination: Memphis (2016)

14-02-2016, 23:17
Blues | Soul | Funk

Title: Destination: Memphis
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Self Released
Genre: Blues, Soul, Funk, Fusion
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 42:13
Total Size: 101 MB

1. Porcupine Quills (3:19)
2. It's Been A Long, Long Time (4:27)
3. Keep Your Hands Out Of My Pockets (3:53)
4. Nothin' Left To Lose (4:48)
5. Big Cadillac (2:32)
6. Shaking All Over The Blues (3:34)
7. Sugar Girl (5:06)
8. You Are The Love (4:41)
9. City Streets (5:03)
10. Why I Sing The Blues (4:47)

The Johnny Mac Band is a Long Island, New York/Metro based band that plays Blues, R&B, Funk, and Reggae as well as their own brand of original music. The Band has wracked up hundreds of successful performances since its inception in 2012.
"What I also have found by the newly emerging Long Island jam band scene is the cross-breeding across bands. If a drummer or bass player or lead guitarist or keyboardist can't make a gig, someone is always around to fill in. It's that kind of "incest" that has let me enjoy guitarist Johnny Mac in several different bands in just the past few weeks, including his own Johnny Mac Band."~Phil Matera, music writer

As early as the 2nd grade, Johnny was trying to put together his own band styled after the Jackson Five with fellow students in his class. Soon after, he started guitar lessons. His musical journey changed forever the day he snuck into his older brother’s room and put on his stereo. With headphones on, he listened to Peace in Mississippi off of Jimi Hendrix’s Crash Landing Album. From that day on he became committed to playing guitar and singing in the styles of Jimi and the master blues performers who came before him.

In 1986, Johnny and his band mates formed Undercover FUNK, a band that played and recorded various styles of music including the blues with Mohair Sam Wylie. Sam has been a long time member of the band. Undercover Funk appeared at the world's largest block party on Madison Ave and was a headliner at University of Albany Mayfest. They also performed with Percy Sledge and were runner's up in the Musician Magazine's Best Unsigned Band Contest.

In 2012, with a gig on the books and no one available, Johnny recruited Dave Ice and Raymond Hauck to play and realized he had the ingredients for an outstanding rhythm section. In 2013, they added saxophone extraodinaire Drew Vandewinckel to the band, and the rest is history. The group has gone on to play over 200 successful performances across Long Island and Queens. The Band has the ability and feels comfortable morphing into any setting including Rock, Jazz, Dance, Funk, Island, and the Dead. Every performance is high energy, improvisational, and always different night after night. The Johnny Mac Band continues to attract the area's finest musicians to come, see and jam with them on any given night. They are all non-ego, approachable, and happy to talk music with anyone who is interested.
All members of the group have careers in music education as well and are committed to teaching and educating young musicians on various levels.
On September 20th, the band won the Long Island Blues Society's IBC Runoff and is looking forward to performing in Memphis in January 2016 for the International Blues Challenge.

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