Just finished a new music video for Your Skin On My Skin from the White Owl Red album Naked and Falling.
Instant Cult Classic? You decide...
Working Class Heroes - the new pro-democracy, pro-worker dynamic hit single - from the upcoming White Owl Red album Afterglow, out early 2020.
Dedicated to the working class heroes around the world who who take grass roots democracy to the streets and stand up for Peace, Love and Dignity!
Working Class Heroes, out now!
New single from upcoming White Owl Red LP,
'Afterglow' release in early 2020!
What the Critics are saying about Working Class Heroes:
“one of the most intimate and unforced indie performances of the season…another slam dunk in this latest studio cut…rank this as among the more important independent releases to make headlines all year long”
provocative lyrical commentary…polarizing and unifying in narrative…crossover appeal…“Working Class Heroes” is a compelling song that demands a reaction out of its audience for better or worse, and in today’s plasticized music business, this makes it quite the rare find indeed.
“innovatively expresses what it means to be authentic in modern society in an honest, gritty, poignant and vulnerable way, during an unforgettable musical journey…driven by a blissful infusion of indie folk and roots-Americana…equally intelligent and hopeful…deeply felt social and political awareness”
“The lyrics of “Working Class Heroes” speak of the pride and determination of those men and women trying to work around those challenges to try and make a living for themselves. The music to the track itself blends together Folk music and some Rock and Roll influence to create a track that contains a driving feel to the music while still being laidback…brings to mind a combination of Bob Dylan-like lyrics with music inspired by the likes of John Mellencamp or Bruce Springsteen”
"I Walk The Line For You", will be the second pre-release to the anticipated new White Owl Red album Afterglow. This song is a straight up two-step telecaster-driven Country tune. The song references the legendary relationship of Johnny Cash and June Carter (as well Vivian Liberto the first wife of Johnny Cash and the woman he pledged to remain faithful to in his song "I Walk the Line”). McManus uses Cash’s relationships as as starting point to reflect upon the challenges that arise as a man must grapple with life choices, personal demons, fidelity and the efforts needed to make true love last.
The new White Owl Red single just dropped on Spotify. Take a listen. It’s part of a 10 song album I’m just wrapping up in the studio scheduled for release early 2020. It’s a companion piece to Union Fight Song and was inspired by the history of the IWW and the history of the labor movement.
A big thank you to everyone of you reviewers and music DJs for championing this album and my music! AmericanaUK, The Alternate Root Magazine, Skope Magazine, Stomp and Stammer (Bobby Moore), The Winnipeg Free Press/Uptown, Keys and Chords, Tattoo.com, Review Fix, The Ark of Music, Indie Pulse Music,Vents Magazine, Shock Ya, Henry Carrigan, Jr., PRVI Radio Slovakia, Jim Hynes, Tinnitist, Rootstime.be, Lee Zimmerman, Writteninmusic.com, Harry Kaplan
White Owl Red Existential Frontiers (Hush Mouse Records)
This year continues at a frenzied pace of new and exciting voices in the roots/Americana field, and the third album by San Francisco-based J. Josef McManus, a.k.a. White Owl Red, the delightful Existential Frontiers, should have a few new ears bending its way.
McManus is a wordsmith and the recording has his vocals front and centre to the point that the listener can truly enjoy his sweet delivery and ability to craft memorable language that sticks in your mind. Breaking Away has a Dylanesque bob and weave coursing through its waltz-time flavour. "There’s three bricks missing at the entry/It’s been that way several years/Watch your step if you should come by/You could trip on that trail of tears..." paints the sort of picture you can keep coming back to again and again.
There is an absolute honesty of sentiment in the quieter tracks, like the moonlit angst in See Through Me, and the swirling sadness that envelops Hand-Me-Down Girl. McManus shoots off in a couple of different directions and lets his cow-punk persona rock free in the short sharp shocker I’m A Saint and the fist-raised virtue of Union Fight Song. There is no lack of twang-fulness here, either, and for those that need to stomp on the hardwood floor, Take A Good Look and the title track raise some serious dust with their deft use of dobro and mandolin in the mix.
There are a few songs of morning-after regret (Good Morning Moonshine, Everything But Crying), which include foggy-notion realizations like "I tried drowning the memory in tequila/Cause whiskey couldn’t handle the chore/Tried smokin’ grass from sunrise to sunrise/It just made me hungry, lazy and high..."
Thank you for the radio airplay of these new songs!
Top Radio Airplay Songs to date 2/20/2019
1. Breaking Away
2. Existential Frontiers
3. Take a Good Look
4. Everything but Crying
5. Good Morning Moonshine
6. I'm a Saint
Current Radio Station Spins/Adds as of 3-11-2019
Jon Chip Concord ‘Out of the Woods Radio”, CJMP 90.1FM British Columbia, KALH 90.5FM New Mexico, KBOG 97.9FM Oregon, KCHW 102.7FM Washington, KGIG 104.9FM California, KPHD 93.3FM California, KXCR 90.7FM Oregon, KVRZ 88.9FM Montana, WEJP 107.1FM West Virginia, WGXC 90.7FM New York, WLSL 92.7FM Florida, WMNB 107.1FM Massachusetts, WNEC 91.7FM New Hampshire, WOTR 96.3FM West Virginia, WNPA 102.5FM Ohio, WRAQ 92.7FM New York, WRST 90.3FM Wisconsin, WSCS 90.9FM New Hampshire, WXDR 98.9FM Louisiana, WXHR 103.5FM Michigan, WYAP 101.7FM West Virginia, The Global Community Radio (stream service for radio stations), Boston Free Radio, The Global Voice, Shout Radio, Sugar Country Radio, Sword Radio UK, 920 WON The Apple, KNCE 93.5FM Taos NM, KWMR 90.5FM CA, WCNI 90.9FM Connecticut, WHUS 91.7FM Connecticut, WLVR 91.3FM Pennsylvania, WHAY 98.3FM Kentucky, KHNS 102.3FM and 91.9FM Alaska, KCSN 88.5FM - Americana Matinee California, WFPK 91.9 Kentucky, KRSH 95.9FM California, KJSW - Tombstone After Dark 90.9FM Canada, Lone Star Community Radio 104.5FM & 106FM Texas, KAFM 88.1FM Colorado, WRIR 97.3FM - Lost Music Saloon Virginia, KLGP 91.7FM New Mexico, AmericanaBoogieRadio.com, Radiofreeamericana.com, OceanBeachRadio.com, WildmanSteve.com, Bluesandrootsradio.com, Radio ISA France, Undercurrents Radio, KKFI 90.1FM Kansas, LaurelCanyonRadio.com, KWMR -Bakersfield and Beyond, rootsandfusion.com, John Godfrey's Radio Troubadour,