"Bryan sings like we're lucky that he doesn't own a gun."
- Chris Adams, Filter Magazine
"A pretty awesome mix"
- The Boston Globe
"Paints his artist class with a detailed honesty usually found in literature. McPhersons live performances are even more intense than the tracks on his new cd (Fourteen Stories)
- The Boston Herald
"Maybe this isn’t the type of disc to throw on at a party, as it might force people to stop partying and start listening"
- Mike Loce, The Noise-Rock Around Boston
Bryan is a regular performer on the Boston and New York music scene. He is known for his intense live performances, as well as insightful, poetic songwriting. He has shared the stage with the likes of rock and roll legend Chuck Berry, The Neighborhoods, Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kate Taylor to name a few. This is Passionate, acoustic-punk from the heart. Street life, politics, addiction, and moments of beauty, anguish, clarity, and dissent litter the alleys of McPherson's songs. The words are as honest as they are urgent— every second counts!
Bryan was born and raised in Dorchester, a blue collar, working class neighborhood in Boston. He was inspired at a young age by the raw energy and angst of Punk Rock, as well as the lyrically driven American folk songs of the early 1960's. His first performances were street corners, house parties, and subway stations in Boston's inner city.
Bryan's stories are here on his first full length release fittingly called 'Fourteen Stories'. Bryan calls the release "an emotional roller coaster ride from hell to heaven" and the twist and turns are felt for sure. Fourteen Stories was produced by Hendrik Gideonse XIX of Indecent Music and has received critical acclaim from The Boston Herald, The Boston Globe, The Noise, The Dorchester Reporter and many other publications.
Fourteen Stories(2007) Review in the June issue of The Noise, Rock Around Boston
"In the opening bars of the first track, “Poor Boy,” I can see that Bryan is going to use his acoustic strumming as a
jackhammer to demolish society’s long standing cinderblocks of bullshit and he does so with little ceremony. Bryan sounds like he’s been up all night, pissed and drinking strong coffee, and then he and his accomplices hit the record button. His delivery is about passion and conviction (not to be confused with items of similar product name sold by Bush/Cheney/Rove Axis of Truly Evil). On the CD, we get Bryan singing with such force that we can see his cords fraying—like a drunken punch in a bar fight, crudely thrown but with true heartfelt conviction. Bryan’s thoughts, however, are quite lucid. If you’re a lyrics nut, you’ll love this stuff. He turns the tables on the aforementioned Axis: “the klan of the bushes/ button-pushin’on-lookin’/wiretappin’, finger-snappin’/attackin’, patriot/…So don’t ya terrorize me!” Today being an angry man isn’t trendy, it’s a civil responsibility. Go Bryan go!"
- by Dan Leary, The Noise