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by Donal Hinely

Skirting the outer fringes of country, folk, and roots rock, this Texas singer/songwriter makes both intelligent and infectious music.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Giants
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2. Before Music was a Product
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3. Road to Ruin
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4. Shock and Awe
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5. The Shakes
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6. You and Me
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7. Bubble
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8. Louisville
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9. Talkin' Cheap Trick Blues
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10. Adelaide
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11. Blue Ink
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12. The One
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Album Notes
"10 out of 10! What a of the best albums of the year"
--Americana UK

"One of the best albums I've heard this year...I can't recommend it highly enough to lovers of pure, organic music"
--Playing Out Loud

Building on the critical success of 2003's We Built a Fire, songwriter Donal Hinely returns with the timely and provocative Giants, a stirring new album driven by memorable images and well-crafted songs. Like recent offerings by Todd Snider and Steve Earle, Hinely strives to reach beyond politics and unlock the common human
experience. From the acoustic folk of the title track to the roots rock of "Before Music was a Product" to the raw country of "Blue Ink," Giants is a journey that resonates with both head and heart. Nashville producer/cellist David Henry (Josh Rouse, Cowboy Junkies,Vienna Teng) ties together this diverse mix of songs with his lush, trademark sound and guitarist Will Kimbrough (Rodney Crowell, Todd Snider) adds tasteful accompaniment, showing why he continues to be one of the most sought after session men in the country. Hinely is also a noted practitioner of the glass harmonica and plays a homemade set of 24 water-tuned wine glasses and brandy snifters. He picked up the
instrument when his older brother Terry--a master of the rare art and long time musical partner--was killed by a
reckless driver in Dallas. Track 5, "The Shakes," provides a musically unique moment as the glasses accompany
ukulele, cello, and drums.
Hinely left his hometown of Denton, Texas for Nashville in 1994 and has since garnered recognition in the
songwriting community for his original perspective and honest performances. The Indie Acoustic Project honored We Built a Fire alongside Rodney Crowell's Houston Kid and Kate Campbell's Monuments as the best Americana
album of the year in 2003. The CD features a stellar lineup including Kim Richey, Mindy Smith, Will Kimbrough, and members of Wilco, the Edwin McCain Band, and Hayseed Dixie. Hinely has gained experience in the streets and pubs of the world, once taking his guitar and a one-way ticket to Australia and working his way back home through Asia and the capitals of Europe. Now more commonly he takes his music to festivals, special events, and the Bluebird Cafe stage in Nashville, Tennessee.


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jim tatton

very good album - good tunes, literate interesting lyrics
I hadn't heard of Donal Hinely until I read a review of Giants giving it 10/10. In my view it's not quite that good but it is a very good album. Good tunes, literate interesting lyrics and good musicianship.

I would give it 8/10

Diane Gambrell

It Takes Me Back
This album takes this aging baby boomer back to the time of Bob Dylan, Jim Croce, Don McLean and another voice I can't quite find but so familiar. Perfectly wonderful.

Scott Kinnison

Giants is a GIANT of a CD!
I bought this CD after hearing 'Shock & Awe' on the local NPR radio station. All I can is WOW! Giants is my favorite CD of 2006 (even though it came out in 2005). Donal has a terrific sense of melody, he's a strong singer and he proves that simple, low key songs can still have a much larger impact. If you love music, you will love this disc.

Jorge Motola

I am Jorge Motola, a foreign exchange student from Mexico, I've never hear about Donal Hinely, but I saw him performing in the Norman Medieval Ferie in Oklahoma. I heard his CD and is really co0l, I liked it a lot!! Congratulations, you are a really good artist. My dream is to be an artist too, and hopefully one of these days, I'll make my dream come true...

Neal "Mongo" Cross

And Donal does it again!!!
And so here we are, me and my dad, listening to Donal's new CD. When will the american music companies get their heads out of their nether-regions and realize that men like Donal are the ones that not only make music, but make the kind of music and memories that will have the public buying their albums for generations. Donal speaks with the experience of every star crossed musician and father. Get this's what music is all about. The man is a giant. (no pun intended)