Ken Macy | Goin' California

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Goin' California

by Ken Macy

A mixture or upbeat rock, mixed with acoustic music, blues and americana/ alt. country with vocal harmonies. A cross between The Eagles, Tom Petty, CCR/John Fogerty, The Jayhawks and many others.
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2. Let's Get Together Soon
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3. Quiet Storm
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4. Seasonal Girl
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5. Country Cow Blues
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6. Stay In Tune
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7. Too Much Changing
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8. Half-Full
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Ken Macy – Goin’ California

1) Goin’ California *
2) Let’s Get Together Soon
3) Quiet Storm
4) Seasonal Girl
5) Country Cow Blues
6) Stay In Tune *
7) Too Much Changing
8) Half-Full
9) Sly

Musicians:

Ken Macy: Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Bass, Harmonica, Percussion, Tambourine

Kevin Haverty: Drums


Recorded at: Long Sought For Sound Studios in Westford, MA from December 2009-March 2010

Produced by: Kevin McCluskey and Ken Macy (except * produced by Kevin Haverty and Ken Macy)

Mixed by: Kevin McCluskey, Kevin Haverty and Ken Macy

Mastered by: Kevin McCluskey

Cover Design by: Kevin Haverty @ Knightlymedia.net

All music and lyrics: written and performed by Ken Macy. ©(P) 2007, 2010 KenMacyMusic (BMI). All Rights Reserved.


Website: www.kenmacymusic.com

Email: kenmacymusic@gmail.com


Special thanks to: Kevin Haverty, Kevin McCluskey, my family and friends for their constant love and support, and most importantly: to all of my fans. Thank you


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Tine Roycroft- Pulse Magazine

Destined for great things: Ken Macy's "Goin' California"
Ken Macy’s latest gift to the world of music ~ an album by the name of Goin’ California ~ is yet another wonderful display of Macy’s skill, passion and story-telling abilities. This multi-talented musician and songwriter is a four time Worcester Music Awards winner and on this album alone, he handles the vocals, the acoustic and electric guitar, the bass, harmonica, some percussion and the tambourine. (He DOES let incredibly rhythmic Kevin Haverty handle the drums, however.)

Country and folk are alive and well on Goin’ California, with Macy giving us the twang when necessary and the thumping back beat when we need it. Each of his songs is like a short story; he steps in as the charming narrator and tells us of a young girl who finds quick success and ultimate failure in the bright lights, of a simple guy reaching out to friends and family for connection during the holidays, of a couple whose passion consumes them as soon as they return to each other’s arms after a day apart. Macy’s lyrics are appealing because he keeps it simple. The emotions and language are honest and straightforward with never a superfluous word or thought snuck into the fray, keeping the imagery fresh and rich.

The album has unique moments that add zest to an already solid collection of songs. The vocal effects in “Country Cow Blues” give Macy’s singing that “old tyme” feel and you wonder if he’s traveled back to the 1920s to record the ditty into an old tin can. In “Seasonal Girl,” a peppy song about a guy in love with a girl he only sees during the warmer months of spring break, there are fun traces of the Beach Boys that make one smile and remember summer lovin’.

Goin’ California is a great representation of Macy’s range as an artist.Too bad we can’t keep this homegrown boy all to ourselves, but he is destined for great things that are bound to steal him away….

Shashona - www.indieshowcase.net

Ken Macy - Goin` California Review
Ken Macy is no stranger to the recording studio. With 3 previously released albums, Ken brings his experience to this latest release called "Goin` California". Ken Macy is one of those astounding musicians who cannot be boxed into one genre. He is generous to his listeners hitting on a song for everyone. Ken shows his expertise at adapting to any style and succeeding gloriously. Ken's instrumentation is top notch on "Goin California". Ken Macy plays Guitar, Bass, Percussion and Harmonica on this album and is kicking some major butt. This man writes a new page in talent. His vocals are brilliant. He can slide from soft melodies, to rock and back to blues as easily as taking a breath. It all flows beautifully. With outstanding help from Kevin Haverty on drums, Ken has yet another Exceptional Album for his loyal fans and new listeners.

Well thought out lyrics and production make Ken Macy's "Goin` California" a huge success. This is the kind of album you won't have to skip ahead when your listening to it. Each track bringing you another piece of Ken's songwriting and story telling abilities. You are going to love this album.

1) Quiet Storm - What a delight and a surprize. Ken Macy sings this sensual song with such style. Production, instrumentation and lyrics are absolutely wonderful. You will become a part of it when you hear it. Turn off everything except this song. Beautiful lyrics and a slow easy sexy vocal. Ken has nailed it on this one!

2) Goin` California - This is the title track on Kens album. I can't say enough about Kens songwriting on this track. It has a popish feel about it bordering on rock. Once again Ken's songwriting skills shine through this track. He has spared no expense at production anyone can see. Ken has done a fantastic job once again. His vocals are exceptional and one of a kind.

3) Country Cow Blues - WOW! This track is down and dirty blues! Ken Macy hits it with his guitar work. Exceptional production and instrumentation. And I have to say.. the lyrics are fabulous!! Ken Macy knows how to capture and hold you hostage baby! This track is going to make you growl, lower your head, squint your eye and bob along with it. This is quality blues! Well done Ken!!

Every track will hold something for everyone. From hard hitting Bluesy Rock like "Too Much Changing" to the sensual "Quiet Storm", I would lay money that this album is the winner of the year!! Grab a copy for yourself. Everyone needs Goin` California in their music library this year. It is simply outstanding.

And Thats just how I see it

Shashona McCall
Indie Showcase
www.indieshowcase.net

Metronome Magazine

Good Stuff!!!
You never know what you're going to get from singer-songwriter-guitarist Ken Macy but one thing's for sure: It's going to be good...Real good. After listening to the first cut from his latest album "Goin California", you would say Macy is going through an Eagles songwriting phase that features well constructed pop numbers filled with snarling guitars and great vocals. That's not to say Macy is copying one of America's greatest rock bands, on the contrary, he's employed those influences into a well penned song (Goin' California) that bares his signature vocals and inventive guitar work. But if you listen very carefully (and you should) you can also hear influences as varied as Chris Isaak (Quiet Storm), The Byrds (Seasonal Girl), Howlin Wolf (Country Cow Blues) and Led Zeppelin (Sly) along with some highly original offerings like "Stay in Tune" and the funky grind of "Too Much Changing". With four albums under his belt, it's clear that Ken Macy is a force to be reckoned with on the New England Music Scene. Good Stuff!!

-D.S. Metronome Magazine

Worcester Telegram and Gazette

California Dreaming
With a lovely acoustic sound and a knack for lyrical narrative, Ken Macy is a classic sort of American troubadour, coaxing emotion from blues guitar lines and his own clear, dextrous voice. Songs such as “Seasonal Girl” and the title track to his new CD, “Goin’ California,” manage to steer clear of cliché and instead paint engaging, wistful portraits of love lost to the road.

-Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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Keys and Chords (Belgium)
Ken Macy has won four Worcester Music awards including Best Blues & R & B Act and Best Solo Act '. This gives us more reason to focus our ears.

To begin, I discovered his music sounds like John Fogerty, The Black Crowes and Tom Petty. In "Goin 'California' we are given proof that his music strongly resembles that of the old CCR front man, even more, his music sounds sincere and softer. The sharp contours of John's voice are not present here happily. This song could also have a song resemblance on the work of the Eagles. Macy is in every song assisted by Kevin Haverty on drums.

"Let's Get Together Soon" was also quite a number sounding like James Taylor, but all are original songs from Ken's pen flowed. Ken also has a perfect voice in this song and is very well reflected. The man really had no additional guitarist needed given himself a virtuoso on the six stringed instrument. 'Quiet Storm' is put in a whisper and made me think back to the work of several country bands in the early seventies. Gram Parsons comes into the picture here.
Ken Macy knows us sometimes at times we are on the wrong road too, but fortunately this is rapidly put right by what the rest of the songs heard on the ladder part of the album. Country Blues, we get in the form of "Country Cow Blues', a beautiful blues which Macy puts aside the Rickenbacker guitar for a Martin guitar. Beautiful blues! This also applies to the rocker "Too Much Changing" which we are treated to a bit of guitar violence. As you can read, all the directions go to Macy's music, and rightly so. But I like it also in the form of the Eagles.

Ken Macy, or we may speak of a new genius, because his CD is far from boring. Easily digestible songs, with good memories, rumbling out of your speakers like you would imagine in Laurel Caynon. And believe me, all the ingredients to do that are richly present here. A must own! –Keys And Chords July 2010 (Belgium review: Dutch to English Translation)

Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Terrific Blend of Easy Listening Music
The talented singer/songwriter Ken Macy releases a terrific album titled, “Goin’ California.” This CD has a lot to offer as the music is a mix of easy listening Rock, a little Country, and acoustic Blues. The opener/title cut, “Goin’ California,” is well blended as the guitar dishes out some sweet guitar riffs while the vocals capture the charming melodic lyrics. You’ll like the song, “Country Cow Blues,” as this acoustic tune is quite rootsy with a soulful guitar solo and bluesy vocals. Taking an edgier Rock tonality, “Too Much Changing,” has great harmonies and impresses as Macy shows his versatility as a musician. If you’re looking for an album that offers a nice blend of music, then you will really enjoy the collection of songs on, “Goin’ California.”