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Music Man

by John Harley Weston

Modern guitar based bluesy rock with rootsy soulful heartfelt vocals, memorable songs and thought provoking lyrics - the 3rd independent album from award winning songwriter.
Genre: Rock: Soft Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Telling Me Lies
4:51 $0.99
2. Go Hard or Go Home
4:26 $0.99
3. When Tomorrow Comes
4:33 $0.99
4. Better Luck
4:25 $0.99
5. Music Man
7:45 $0.99
6. River of Hope
5:13 $0.99
7. Why Should I Care
4:56 $0.99
8. Byron Bay Blues
4:22 $0.99
9. Ghost of Modern Times
7:10 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Award winning songwriter John Harley Weston’s 3rd independent album ‘Music Man’ (2016) is a fine example of guitar based rock, using elements of blues, roots, soul and pop sensibilities to deliver his most personal songs yet. The project sees Weston collaborating again with award winning engineer/producer Sandy Jones of Foundry Music Lab in Scotland, who's creative arrangements and exceptional playing help make this a strong, memorable, cohesive album.

Beginning with the upbeat Motown tinged 'Telling Me Lies’, a relatable alcohol infused tale of love and loss at the local pub, Weston cleverly slots in some language akin to his Glasgow roots. The libations continue as the tempo increases on ‘Go Hard Or Go Home’, conjuring a Stealer’s Wheel/T-Rex influence to relate a personal struggle with one’s alter ego who loves the booze too much (tequila in particular).

On ‘When Tomorrow Comes’ we soar above love’s battlefield as Weston fires out soulful falsetto vocals surrounded by Travis style jangly guitars. Paul Rodger’s influence is evident on ‘Better Luck’, an observant tale of a young woman living on the streets of Glasgow, inspired after the songwriter watched Ross Kemp’s television expose, Extreme World.

We get up close and personal on the slow burn sad yet enduring, ‘Music Man’, a vividly honest report of the songwriter’s journey through life. Then we set sail on the ‘River Of Hope’, invoking a deep south stomp feel with wailing slide guitar, ala Dylan or Waits, to tackle the subject of boat refugees.

Social awareness broadens with the Hall and Oates/John Meyer flavoured, 'Why Should I Care’, a clever guilt trip fuelled by not being able to do enough to help the less fortunate despite media saturation.

The tone lightens beautifully as we shift to a reggae-feel road song, ‘Byron Bay Blues’, traveling vicariously in Weston’s old Nissan Bluebird to a colourful music festival, sifting undertones of Matchbox 20 and Santana.

On the haunting epic finale, ‘Ghost Of Modern Times’, discordant strings drift over ethereal vocals, reminiscent of 60’s avant-garde songwriter Scott Walker’s, ‘It’s Raining Today’, taking us through Weston’s fear and insomnia to a Led Zeppelin-esque crescendo of gnashing guitars and drums.

Overall, ‘Music Man’ feels like a real album, standing on solid songwriting ground with memorable and noteworthy lyrics, arrangements and performances.

‘Music Man’ is available from all major online music download sites.



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