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by Johnny Mac Band

Blues, R&B, Funk, and Island music with soulful vocals and guitar driven booty shaking rockers to soulful ballads.
Genre: Blues: Rhythm & Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Making Changes
4:15 $0.99
2. Om Badi
3:43 $0.99
3. Om Badi (Reprise)
1:07 $0.99
4. Soul Angel
4:31 $0.99
5. Part Time Man
4:50 $0.99
6. 5 Reasons to Leave
5:58 $0.99
7. Didn't Wanna Text
4:38 $0.99
8. Ace
5:35 $0.99
9. Waiting
5:02 $0.99
10. Give Me Some of Your Lovin
4:22 $0.99
11. Good Bye Orlando
4:37 $0.99
12. Sugar Girl (Bonus Track)
4:00 $0.99
13. Groove Machine
5:25 album only
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Album Notes
For those of you who have never heard the Johnny Mac Band be prepared to hear a variety of music; from blues to funk, smooth to rough, island to gospel, soft to hard, rocker to power ballad. There is something for everyone on this cd, all with soulful vocals, burning guitar and plenty of surprises, but not too many.
For those of you who liked the first cd, Destination Memphis, you will see that ACE takes the music from hardcore blues to a Rhythm and Blues place. A little more funky, and yes some Island music too…..and of course the blues…it’s all there and more…..Added to the band’s sound on this collection of tunes are the angelic voices of Dawnette Darden, Anastasia Rene, and Debi Dixon. They bring that Gospel thing to tunes like Making Changes and 5 Reasons to Leave.
Further developing the band’s musical palette on this recording is the sound of keyboardist Joe Roberts. It was clear during the recordings that Joe was having a blast playing the real deal Hammond Organ and Fender Rhoads at Coop Studios. These were the instruments of the seventies, dinosaurs left behind because they were too heavy to carry but have never really been duplicated by even today’s high end keyboards. It definitely took the tracks to the next level.
The Single ACE features Johnny hitting up the slide guitar. This tune was first thought of as a potential horn song featuring a horn section accompaniment which still needed to be worked out. As an afterthought, at the end of a session, Johnny laid down the slide parts that made it to the final cut. Here are some reviews:
Blistering blues guitar gets your attention from the start
-Indie Music Revue
Ace is the album’s title cut and it’s a winner from the first note. It’s easy to hear how well oiled of a machine these musicians are and they play together with a natural chemistry that’s impossible to duplicate. Johnny Mac helms the guitar and vocal chores for the band with admirable finesse while the band is rounded out by Dave Ice on bass and backing vocals, Ray Hauck on drums, and Joe Roberts on backing vocals and keyboards. This veteran outfit has chops and finesse to burn, but the years are no impediment to their passion. They play together quite marvelously and achieve a crackling live sound with this recording that reaches far beyond the usual moves for a band in this genre.
Johnny Mac’s guitar playing is the marquee element of this song. He moves freely between straight ahead six string work and biting passages of slide that give some genuine grit and gravel to an already fantastic performance. Johnny Mac distinguishes himself further thanks to his flair for playing just the right amount of notes – too many blues rock guitar heroes opt for a more is more approach and clutter their playing with too many vainglorious attempts to prove their guitar gunslinger credentials. He has a fantastic musical foil in the bass playing of Dave Ice and drummer Ray Hauck – Ice, in particular, duels with the guitar in an understated way and rarely constrains himself to playing bland bass lines. There’s no sticking to the root note nonsense there. Drummer Ray Hauck makes for a first class musical partner with Ice and his drumming understands getting inside the pocket of a track and making it as dramatic as possible.
Johnny Mac is a great singer. Hands down. He isn’t some immensely soulful vocalist, ala Otis Redding or Muddy Waters, but he gets inside of a song quick and knows how to convey its emotion without ever sounding overwrought. Like Hauck, he understands a singer’s role for filling the pocket in this music and imbues the song with enough heart and feel to help put it further over for the band’s audience. Naturally, Mac’s songwriting makes extensive use of the possible metaphors card playing offers, but he makes it work and it matches the music quite nicely. The Johnny Mac Band produces material and performances that should carry them far beyond their little Eastern seaboard kingdom and are near ideal representatives for blues music in 2017. “Ace” showcases their forthcoming album in the best possible way and highlights the considerable musical talents of everyone involved. Both longtime fans of the genre and casual listeners alike will find much to praise in this performance. – Vents Magazine

Read more at http://ventsmagazine.com/2017/06/08/cd-review-ace-johnny-mac-band/#5RXAeaoA5BWZBrDF.99
This album is dedicated to the people who come out and support our band on a regular basis. We cannot Thank you enough!



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