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Working Class Heroes

by White Owl Red

Hailed as the alt.country Bob Dylan, White Owl Red follows the success of “EXISTENTIAL FRONTIERS’ LP with a new track from an upcoming 4th album --The socially conscious gritty rocker “WORKING CLASS HEROES”
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“Delightful…Dylanesque… a wordsmith…sweet delivery and the ability to craft memorable language that sticks in your mind”, writes music critic Jeff Monk. His songs “take the listener on a fascinating Americana trip…recalling young Dylan”, exclaims Music critic, Cis Van Looyin Written in Music. Joseph Timmons of Indie Pulse Magazine adds, “the modern space cowboy’s collection of personal anthems…a blissful selection of Roots / Americana songs with a taste of the Appalachia foundations”.

This musical sensibility is the pulse behind the raw and rumbling, incisive yet ultimately hopeful new track Working Class Heroes, a pre-release of White Owl Red’s fourth studio album Afterglow, set for release in early 2020.

Inspired by the reality that musical anthems can make social movements more powerful, singer/songwriter Josef McManus wrote the song Working Class Heroes. The title gives a nod to John Lennon’s song Working Class Hero.

This song captures the hope and determination that working people have by combining forces “to make things a little better”. The lyrics of Working Class Heroes makes early historical references to the labor movement, from the founding the British Socialist Labour Party (1903), and the IWW (1905), to Senator Joe McCarthy’s ‘Red Scare’ political smear tactics and character assassinations of the 1950’s. The song goes on to declare “Come on all you Working Class Heroes, let’s stand up for Truth, Love and Dignity”.

White Owl Red’s unique musical aesthetic, combined with deeply felt social/political awareness fuses alt.country, “heavy on the alt.”, and Americana influences that at once move the genres forward while paying homage to their diverse roots. As Darryl Sterdan of Tinnitist writes, White Owl Red “maintains the high standards and timeless traditions of American folk music”.

White Owl Red is the indie music vehicle for artist JJ McManus to forge his lyric driven songs into musical gems that fly over the airwaves in the dialect of hybrid American roots music. He honed his craft on the open mic circuit of bars and cafes from his native Portland, Oregon to his current home base North of San Francisco. Currently he works with a small team of seasoned musicians crafting the White Owl Red sound. Singer/songwriter Josef McManus began writing folk songs at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, with a distinctive alt.country flavor reflecting diverse influences ranging from Willie Nelson, Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, Waylon Jennings, Nirvana and the Velvet Underground.

Peter Barbarich of PRVI states White Owl Red manages to “capture all the musical innovation of the Californian West Coast scene from the second half of the 1960s and put it into an updated form for a half century ahead”.

White Owl Red’s musical alchemy propelled the recent full-length album Existential Frontiers to extraordinary critical acclaim garnering crossover airplay on Americana, Alt.County, Traditional Country, Folk, Roots and College radio stations throughout the US and Europe. Music Existence called it a “stunning new album…one of the most uncompromisingly addictive new releases I have heard in a very long time.”

The album was hailed by Music Writer/Critic David Masciotra as a “an album of philosophy meets alt.country.” Music Critic Bobby Moore wrote, Existential Frontiers “tackles deep questions” with a “postmodern attitude”.

Alan Fitter of Americana UK writes, “There are certain albums that cry out to be the soundtrack to a long road trip and White Owl Red’s Existential Frontiers is one of those.” Marino Serdons of the Belgian music website Keys and Chords adds, “stunningly beautiful…more powerful than Jack Daniels…so diverse, so emotional, so melodic…so honest!”

White Owl Red’s critically acclaimed current album Existential Frontiers is currently spinning on radio stations, and playlists worldwide with all its songs having charted on the Americana Music Association Chart (AMA). Naked and Falling, the second studio album by White Owl Red received international acclaim and airplay in 2017 and 2018. It charted on the AMA top 100 Chart, the FAR Chart top 10 and the Root 64 airplay chart top 20. Naked and Falling was distinguished in the top 100 albums of 2017 by Alternate Root Magazine. Americana Ash, the 2014 debut album by White Owl Red charted and remained on the AMA charts for 14 weeks.



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