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by John A. Walsh

Thought provoking Acoustic Rock the Baby Boomers & Gen-X'ers will love for sure. Plenty of toneful slide and electric guitar, mandolin, and keys complement this soulful recording of beautiful listener friendly tunes.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Love Is In
4:39 $0.99
2. Wax Anvil
5:46 $0.99
3. Cobalt Blue
4:22 $0.99
4. Dodger
4:59 $0.99
5. Wrecking Ball
4:40 $0.99
6. Memory Box
5:45 $0.99
7. City on the Hill
4:33 $0.99
8. Unwritten Story
4:08 $0.99
9. Your Time Has Come
5:22 $0.99
10. Lullaby Rain
3:53 $0.99
11. Tell Me That You Love Me
3:48 $0.99
12. Heart
4:32 $0.99
13. On This Turning World
5:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
Contemporary Acoustic-Rock singer/songwriter from Vienna, West Virginia. Raised in Marietta, Ohio, John began developing his craft in 1974 at the young age of eleven. Since then, he has written well over 200 songs and has played them live in both solo and band scenarios all over the United States.

On the release day of "Compendium," November 5, 2010, John had the privilege of opening up for one of his singer/songwriter heroes, Lucy Kaplansky, at The Adelphia in Marietta, Ohio to a sold out house. It was a fantastic show and allowed John to demonstrate he can run with the big guys. Mostly, it was a thrill for John to play for so many appreciative fans and for one of his musical role models.

John’s writing style is both challenging and thought-provoking.
An A&R reviewer said of his lyrics: “...images are beautiful & visual...sounds like a painting…”

JW simply loves being a musician, writing songs, and playing for people. He has always felt strongly compelled to use his God-given gifts to help & inspire people — to bring people joy. “Somehow make a difference in a hurting world in search of meaning” is exactly what he wants to achieve through his songs. How? By spreading the generally positive and always thoughtful message of the music; and, thereby, reaching out to people, positively impacting their lives.

The accompaniment and arrangements give just the right backdrop to the song’s theme further enhancing the listener's experience. John cut his musical teeth in the 1970’s, absorbing all he could during what could be arguably termed “The Decade of the Singer/Songwriter.” The likes of Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, John Denver, Elton John, America, and the Eagles influenced John’s music education. In addition to songwriting, John is an accomplished acoustic guitarist and he was also greatly influenced by the players behind the vocalist. David Lindley, Andrew Gold, Davey Johnstone, Lowell George, and Dan Dugmore are a few of the great session musicians who helped to mold John’s style as a musician.

All this musical upbringing and years of life experience take form in John’s songwriting. You will find a familiar place when you immerse yourself into one of his tunes. Familiar, yet through a viewpoint you may not have considered before. Why? Because John’s writing is an observation of life as he experiences it — and it’s a life we all live every day. You won’t find fantasy or exaggeration; just an honest set of thoughts, values, and questions about the topic of the song. No, you won’t find anything offensive or shocking in John’s message; but you might well be moved, inspired, and challenged. The more you listen, the more you’ll hear.

John relishes the opportunity to play for whoever will listen and the chance to impact someone’s life for the better on some other words, for the love of it — plain & simple. If you have the chance to see John play live (either with The Fossils or doing a solo/acoustic gig), you will feel the soul and passion that he brings to every song. In any event, you can experience John’s songwriting & performance on the recordings offered via this website. Please take a listen and order your favorites today.

You’re Invited to experience & enjoy the music of John A. Walsh
Thanks for listening in. Peace!



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