About the song “Snapshots” ALT77 (blog from Sweden) had this to say…"This is great, classic songwriting. Wow, they don't much make this anywhere."
Song Review: Snapshots by Andre Avanessian, radioairplay.com
Melodically exciting and performed to a very high standard, Dan McCoy's excellent ballad-esque country-rock tune "Snapshots" proves itself to be a great piece of songwriting that has both the lyrical depth and relatability needed for it to connect with many a country music enthusiast. Between the always-flavorsome crunch of the overdriven guitar riff work, the wildly expressive slide licks, feel-infused vocal performances, and alluring raspiness courtesy of some particularly tasty harmonica lines, listeners have plenty here to really sink their teeth into, resulting in a thoroughly engaging and rewarding listening experience that they'll feel compelled to return to.
"Snapshots" is never short of a memorable melody or two and I particularly appreciate the way in which a number of tonally diverse instruments are used as a means to create great variety between the various solo interludes that are generously peppered throughout. The standard electric guitar lead sound contrasts brilliantly with the timbrally distinct character of the slide-based guitar work and the addition of the harmonica only helps to compliment this further, not only does this considerably add to the song's highly engaging sense of character, but also helps further strengthen the already strong melodic backbone that's provided by the lead vocals. A good country rock tune needs a strong chorus to really get those listeners on board and Dan's deft arrangement skills help to ensure that each and every chorus hits just right with both the level of intensity and spirit needed to get those energy levels well and truly raised. A chorus is only as effective as the buildup that precedes it and its level of impact is often a direct result of the careful consideration and subtle detail that's been implemented in this buildup, and in the case of "Snapshots", Dan induces a number of subtle changes in both the intensity of the performances and use of dynamics to successfully prep those big-sounding anthemic chorus sections, heightening both their effectiveness and memorability tenfold.
Target Audience Appeal:
"Snapshots" is a solid piece of country rock songwriting and I'm sure it will strongly appeal to fans of the genre.
Artist target suggestions:
Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Luke Combs, Kenny Chesney, Jackson Browne, Chris Stapleton, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Zac Brown Band
About The Reviewer:
Andre Avanessian is a freelance session musician, composer, and sound engineer based in the U.K. Having studied music production and composition at a degree level, he has taken his passion for all things audio-related to a level that has allowed him to become both a competent musician and performer. Being a self-confessed "Guitar Nerd" Andre has been continually studying the guitar as well as teaching it, helping students learn the instrument, develop their songwriting, and become more proficient in home recording.
Jon Wright, radioairplay.com
Danny McCoy artfully implements soulful Rock energies in a sonic exploration of new interactions with his original song, Introductions! Lyrically capturing the thrill of hopeful possibility that motivates so many of us to venture out into the weekend social scene, McCoy's Roots Rock sound brings the essence of the experience to full life, with passionate vocals and bright sax work making Introductions an engaging and surprisingly reflective track!
The totality of McCoy's sound hearkens back to other legends of the Roots Rock sound, masterfully blending the bold and bright energies of the style with a realistic tone of awareness. Lyrically, Introductions nails the ethos of the bar scene - from the narrator's perspective of seeking a connection to the reflection upon various categories and characteristics of the humans present. Well-mixed and written from a place of experience and enthusiasm and clever observation, Introductions is and instant classic!
Target Audience Appeal:
Any person with experience in the wilds of social scenes will resonate deeply with Danny McCoy's lyrical wit while the tone and style of Introductions stands to connect with fans of that fully classic, deeply engaging Roots Rock sound - making the track a great candidate for pre-game playlists and live dive venues alike! - Jon W.
Artist target suggestions:
Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Bob Seger, Tom Petty, Meat Loaf, Billy Joel, Van Morrison, Uncle Tupelo, Rod Stewart, Joe Walsh, Steve Earle, Drive-By Truckers, Blue Mountain, Patterson Hood, Counting Crows
About the Reviewer:
Jon Wright is a trained multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and music educator with nearly twenty years of experience in the field. Working with musicians and their individual sounds is his passion and profession, and he strives to interact with and understand every aspect of the production process - from theory and songwriting to recording and mastering. He continues to teach students of all ages and is currently collaborating with artists in a wide variety of genres.
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