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First Kisses

by Brandon Scott McLean

This young energetic artist ignites a burning passion within your soul. "...driving beats created by unexpected percussive experiments, amazing acoustic and electric guitar escapades...not-to-mention classic catchy hooks that get really GET IN YOU..."
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. It's A Party
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2. Today, You Are Mine
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3. Savanna (Blue Ribbon Beer)
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4. The Way We Started
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5. #41
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6. All Your Cares
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7. Lot of Leavin' Left to Do
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8. One Special Girl
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9. Not Talkin' About You
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10. We've Done These Things Before
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11. Ice Cream Man
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12. No One Knows
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13. Emily's Song
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Some of these songs are lies. Some of these songs are the absolute truth.

Most of these songs have no bridges. But what does that even mean?

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What is household percussion?

bass drum = suitcase
shakers = jars of beans
drums = back of guitar
snare drum = ramen noodles + wooden spoon
ride = metal lamp
cymbals = real cymbals
claps = Brandon’s hands
ocean + birds = carolina beach, north carolina coast
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First Kisses
Produced by: Brandon Scott McLean
Engineered and Mixed by: Brandon Scott McLean and Shane Smith
Mastered by: Shane Smith
Equipment: Cyrus Yunker, Lisa Quinn, and Shane Smith
Recording Dates: March-May 2010
Published by: Red Light Stop Rock, ASCAP
Track Details:

1. It’s a Party
composer: Brandon Scott McLean
musicians
BSM: acoustic guitars, electric guitars, vocals, household percussion
Adam Skinner: bass guitar
Riley Jade: vocals
Travis Strickland: dobro
Party crowd: Shane Smith, John Federal, Lisa Quinn, Riley Jade, Amanda Barker, Tyler Draughn, Jim Schaeffer, and BSM

2. Today, You Are Mine
composer: Brandon Scott McLean
musicians
BSM: acoustic guitars, bass guitar, vocals, household percussion
Riley Jade: vocals
Shane Smith: vocals

3. Savanna (Blue Ribbon Beer)
composer: Brandon Scott McLean
musicians
BSM: acoustic guitars, vocals
Adam Skinner: bass
Travis Strickland: dobro

4. The Way We Started
composer: Brandon Scott McLean
musicians
BSM: acoustic guitars, vocals, household percussion
Adam Skinner: bass

5. #41
composer: Dave Matthews Band
BSM: acoustic guitars, vocals

6. All Your Cares
composer: Brandon Scott McLean
musicians
BSM: acoustic guitars, electric guitars, vocals, household percussion
John Federal: bass

7. Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do
composers: Brett Beavers, Deric Ruttan, Dierks Bentley
musicians
BSM: acoustic guitars, vocals, household percussion
Adam Skinner: bass

8. One Special Girl
composer: Brandon Scott McLean
BSM: acoustic guitars, vocals

9. Not Talkin’ About You
composers: Brandon Scott McLean, Shane Smith
musicians
BSM: acoustic guitars, vocals
Shane Smith: vocals

10. We’ve Done These Things Before
composer: Brandon Scott McLean
musicians
BSM: acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass guitar, vocals, household percussion
Riley Jade: vocals
Travis Strickland: dobro

11. Ice Cream Man
composer: John Brim
musicians
BSM: acoustic guitars, electric guitars, vocals, household percussion
Travis Strickland: dobro

12. No One Knows
composer: Brandon Scott McLean
BSM: acoustic guitars, vocals

13. Emily’s Song
composer: Brandon Scott McLean
musicians
BSM: acoustic guitars, vocals
John Federal: bass
Travis Strickland: dobro

I called this album "First Kisses" because of it is a collection of relatively light hearted songs that don't cut too deep, and opens the door for some more interaction and musical sharing in the future. Also, I feel it's appropriate due to its simplistic nature, which lack a full band presence, but fills your ears with a tidal wave of hopeful emotion nonetheless.

HUGE THANK YOU: First and Foremost, my family: Mom Lisa, Dad Bruce, sister Alicia, and niece Breanna. Thanks for letting me be crazy and always letting me try to live my dreams. Catharine Strandberg and family, Jim Schaeffer, Shane Smith and family, Alex Shepherd and family, Ric Shepherd, John Federal, (Veronica Burr), Brent Triolo, Chris Collins, Christine Bovay, Amanda Lewis, Max Lewis, Mike Kelleher, Scott Birch, Curt Turner, Aaron Kopic, Andrew Powers, Adam Nash, Eric Nicholson, Cyrus Yunker, Erin Good, Marinda Snow Righter, Karen Tam, other photographers, video/recording guy, Kyle Parenteau, Chris Simmons, Jon Scott, Jason Poirier, Savanna Griffing, Lauren Ashley, Linda (lastname? The Paul guitar), Darren "Dingo" Martin, Heather Inman, Matt Garcia, Lisa Quinn, and Steve Brown. THANKS to Anyone who has ever shown any kind of support or encouragement for what I/we do. And most importantly I want to thank my and your God, gods, deities, forces, earth, universe, karma, Ancient Aliens, or whatever you want to call it for yourself, that made all of us and this project possible. It really has been and remains an ongoing struggle.

"As an artist, Brandon shines the brightest at his live shows. Connecting through a one-man, one-guitar, one-microphone performance, fusing technology and tradition, he mixes danceable beats and riveting guitar solos with fiery acoustic singing and strumming. Brandon is relatively new to the music scene but his sound brings you back to warm memories with friends and bitter break-ups doused with cold beer; his songs reverberate in your mind and heart. Brandon reminds you of your best friend or a brother...good memories, late nights, and music to write home about..." -Live Music: Raleigh

Brandon Scott McLean has built a solid reputation for his eclectically influenced, versatile guitar style and unique vocal qualities. He grew up in Rhode Island, and started strumming the six string guitar at the age of seven. While pursuing a degree in psychology at Ithaca College in upstate New York, a generous jazz professor trained Brandon in jazz music on the side. After graduating, he moved down south to Raleigh, NC start a small business but somehow fell in love with country music and southern rock. Now he explores ways to integrate many genres of music including rock, blues and alternative country. From 2006 to 2010, Brandon served as frontman for Raleigh-based Cougar Magnum. In 2010 Brandon "went solo" and home-recorded unique blend of acoustic and electric sounds that reach beyond conventional sounds you expect. Titled "First Kisses," the album includes 10 of his songs, and some campfire renditions of Dierks Bentley, Van Halen and Dave Matthews Band staples. Cougar Magnum morphed into The Windsor Oaks Band in early 2011, put out an album called "Above the Garage" and spent their entire summer on the road traveling up and down the east coast playing clubs and small venues. Please check out the Windsor Oaks Band on facebook or at http://www.thewindsoroaksband.com, but understand that the band plays full-band rock music, sure to make you grin.


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