Constantly pleasing and immediately affecting... worthy of wide recognition... Afterglow shines bright”

— Goldmine Magazine

Style as indebted to vintage Americana as it is modern alternative…an epic way of entering a new era in western music ”

Music Existence

it’s a hard album to top this of the best new indie records you can own right now ”

Indie Band Guru

Worth it to anyone who loves cutting alternative country music”

The Indie Source Magazine

Over 100 Radio Stations worldwide playing the songs of Afterglow & 33 Reviews - Week 4 since release! 

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90+ Radio Stations Broadcasting Afterglow!

29 New Music Reviews!

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Thank You! 100+ Radio Stations Broadcasting Afterglow! 

Undercurrents Radio (Syndicated), Out Of The Woods Radio (Syndicated), WYAP 101.7 (West Virginia), WXPR-FM, WXHR 103.5 

(Michigan), WXDR 98.9 (Louisiana), WVTF, WUKY, WSSE Online, WSCS 90.9 (New Hampshire), WRST (Wisconsin), WRIR (Lost Saloon Music), WRAQ 92.7 FM (New York), WQRR, WOTR 96.3 (West Virginia), WOMR, WNRN-FM, WNPA 102.5 (Ohio), WNHN, 94.7 (New Hampshire), WNEC 91.7 (New Hampshire), WNCW, WMOT, WMNB 107.1 (Massachusetts), WLVR, WLUW, WLSL 92.7 (Florida), WITR 89.7, WIIT, WICN, WHPW 97.3 (Maine), WHIV (Nola County - New Orleans), WHAY, WGXC 90.7 (New York), WFPK-FM (Roots N Boots), WFCS, WERU, WEJP 107.1(West Virginia), WCNI (Twisted Root), WCNI, The Global Voice, The Global Community Radio (stream service for radio stations), Sword Radio UK, Sugar Country Radio, Shout Radio, Roots Revival. Radio FM Goud (Belgium radio), Radio Djerdan, Planete Indie (Belgium syndicated radio), Paul van Gelder (Dutch syndicated radio), Ocean Beach Radio, Mystery Train, Ascolta P.N.R. (Italian radio), Mojo Alt, 94.1 Radio 2 (Macedonian radio), lta Rhythm, Havenstad (Dutch radio), Landslide, RTV Purmerend (Dutch radio), KZMU, KXCR 90.7 (Oregon), KVRZ 88.9 (Montana), KVNF, KVMR, KUWR (HD3), KSMF-FM (Jefferson Pub Radio), KRCB, KPHD 93.3 (California), KOWS 92.5 (Blue Moon Americana), KHOI 89.1 (Iowa), KHNS, KGLP, KGIG 104.9 (California), KFAI, KDWS, KDHX, KCHW 102.7 (Washington), KBOG 97.9 (Oregon), KAXE, KALH 90.5 (New Mexico), Homelands Radio, Hillbilly Jukebox Radio Rheinwelle (German radio), Highway 61, Radio Voce Spazio (Italian radio), Harky In English (Dutch syndicated radio), Delta Rhythm Havenstad (Dutch radio), Country & Co Radio Aria 99.6 (France), CJMP 90.1 (British Columbia), Boston Free Radio Bumps Radio, Blues'N'Roots Corner Radio Duivenstraat (Dutch radio), Blues & Friends RTV Baarn FM (Dutch radio), Blueprint RTV 1 FM (Dutch radio), Americana Garage – WRFG 89.3 FM (Atlanta), 920 WON The Apple, Blow Up Radio (New Jersey), Daz In The Hat (UK), Americana Boogie Radio (Santa Rosa), Alternative Roots, B.R.U.M. FM, (UK), Songriver, RTB ijsselmond FM, (Netherlands), KRVM, KZRJ, WTIP, KZFR, KSJD, KFCS, WRRG, WMNF, 40 Up Radio (NL), PT’s Roadhouse, (B.C., Canada), WSCA, Radio ZuSa FM 95.5, 89.7 and 88.0 (Northern Germany), KUMD, 

Entire album available for free industry download at

Working Class Heroes - the new pro-democracy, pro-worker dynamic hit single - from the new White Owl Red album Afterglow, Out Now!  


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!  


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” 

-Indie Source Magazine 

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. 

-Music Existance 

“rolling resonant guitars thrumming with roots energy reminiscent of the powerful songs of Dylan and Woody Guthrie” 

-Rawkus Magazine 

“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” 

-Shock-Ya! Magazine 

“writes from the heart…the way the instrumentals are layered in the track is masterful… fun instrumental surprises that seem to evolve as the track goes on, Working Class Heroes is a great track ” 

-Review Fix Magazine 

“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” 

-Matheson’s Entertainment Blog

New Country Single - I Walk The Line For You - Out Now!  

In this provocative new White Owl Red release, Singer/Song-writer Josef McManus, makes reference to the legendary relationship of Johnny Cash and June Carter as a prompt to reflect upon the challenges that arise as he grapples with life choices, personal demons, and the efforts needed to make true love last.  This new single is the second pre-release from the anticipated upcoming White Owl Red album Afterglow scheduled for release this month- February 26, 2020.     

"The Johnny Cash Wild West rock aesthetic is full force in this track… a must-listen for any fan, ‘I Walk The Line For You’ deserves a listen from anyone with an interest in the gene" -Review Fix Magazine  

“Leading with a seductive country groove, organic & melodically satisfying, with poetic, thoughtful observations on life...White Owl Red’s new single is one that kicks off 2020 in a refreshing and emotive fashion… a quickly familiar, comforting hit” -Stereo Stickman Magazine 

"A poignant nod to the one and only Johnny Cash…worth it to anyone who loves cutting alternative country music… from start to finish in “I Walk the Line For You,” emotionality is transcending the implied physics of the arrangement altogether…this song is a must add” -Indie source Magazine  

“Josef McManus is at the top of his game…’I Walk the Line For You’ is an epic way of entering a new era in western music.” -Music Existence Magazine  

“‘I Walk the Line For You,’ which highlights his raw, pulsating musical sensibility… powerfully combines McManus’ unique musical aesthetic with his deeply felt appreciation for the true romantic love that Cash and Carter had for each other, which will surely leave a lasting impact on his listeners.”    -Shock-Ya! Magazine 

"Twangy country flavors...White Owl Red delivers delectable old-school country aromas, all capped by McManus’ amazingly satisfying voice...reminiscent of both Cash and Bruce Springsteen" -Tattoo Magazine 

All that you need to make your day perfect...beautiful and fun...unique and distinctive...will never be heard anywhere else. -Yellow & Black

White Owl Red Afterglow & Existential Frontiers Vinyl LPs available. 

Afterglow is now available in Vinyl on the Qrates Vinyl Crowdsourcing site.

Reserve your copy now! Only $16! Limited Edition. Ships from London, England.




Existential Frontiers is now available in Vinyl on the Qrates Vinyl Crowdsourcing site. Reserve your copy now!

2-record set. 180gram. $26. Limited Edition. Ships from London, England.


White Owl Red Afterglow pre-release 4 Star Album Review - Out Feb 26, 2020! 

My new White Owl Red album, Afterglow, just received a 4.0 🌟 album review rating at Thats higher than some of my favorite current releases they have reviewed! Drivebytruckers 3.93 Theunraveling, Tame Impala's The Slow Rush 3.4, Nada Surf's Never Not Together 3.76, NathanielRateliff's And Its Still Alright 3.76 & Ozzy Osbourne Ordinary Man 3.52 (yes I'm still and Ozzy Fan!), Album Out Feb 26!

Attention DJs, Bloggers/Reviewers. Get your promo copy of Afterglow album! 

DJs & music bloggers/reviewers, 

I’m mailing out promo CDs of Afterglow!

Message me if you want a copy for review or airplay.

If you're not already on the nice list... I'll put you on it

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White Owl Red to Release New Pre-Release Single "I Walk The Line For You" (January 24, 2020) 

"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.

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