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               Woody Mac: Beware the Monsters Album Review

Beware the Monsters is like an old road in a southern state, rocky in parts, but full of grit from start to finish.

Woody Mac’s second project is a Rock-infused country blues mash up that winds up being a decent attempt of capturing the gritty, more angsty, side of the genre.

The album shines mostly in its instrumentation, especially the guitar. The first song “Stand Tall” feels cinematic in its opening, with dirty guitar chords that drag you into the rebellious atmosphere that encapsulates the sound of the album.

Woody Mac’s gravelly vocals compliment the instrumentation like whiskey and coke.

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Woody Mac – Beware the Monsters

Self-Produced

https://www.woodymacblues.com/

CD: 11 Songs, 37 Minutes

Styles: Guitar Monster Blues, Contemporary Blues Rock, All Original Songs

“This CD goes to 11!” So says the blurb on Michigander Woody Mac’s website, advertising his new release Beware the Monsters. Not only does it feature eleven songs, but if you turn the volume up that high, your speakers and/or refurbished HyperX headphones will get blown out. Mac leans so far to the rock side of blues rock that he makes Jimi Hendrix look like Muddy Waters. Nevertheless, it’s perfect for a party in your backyard, garage, or tavern. Woody’s relentless, in-your-face shredding and instrumentally-drowned lyrics demonstrate exactly what kind of album this is: one full of what I call “Guitar Monster Blues.” Its incendiary energy leaves little room for interpretation, even less for introspection. Dance, drink, and dance some more.

States Allen “Woody Mac” MacMillan on his website, “Growing up in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, it was at a early age music and the guitar became a part in my life. I Picked up the guitar at the age of 11 and started to teach myself to play. I have enjoyed all types of music, especially listening to the Beatles and many other artists of the day. But I was really drawn to the feel of blues music and guitar players such as B.B King, Eric Clapton and Rory Gallagher, just to name a few. I soon found myself playing in neighborhood garages with my friends. I also enjoyed writing and creating my own songs at a early age which found me in several original music projects through the years.”

Starring alongside Woody Mac (vocals, guitar and synthesizer) are Jeff Dork (no typo) on bass and backup vocals, and Timmy Sears on drums and backup vocals. Eric Noffz guest stars on sax for numbers six (“Motor City Groove” and “I’m Alive With You,” both reviewed below).

Right from the first track, “Stand Tall,” this trio emulates key influences such as ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, and the Allman Brothers. Some might call their music a “mashup,” others a “reinvention,” and still others a “chaotic hodgepodge.” Go to track seven, “Good Lord Almighty,” and pick your favorite adjective. “Good Lord Almighty. You’re freaking crazy. You gotta be out of your mind,” Woody explodes in one of his more audible vocal offerings. “You want your cake and eat it too. Love someone else while I’m loving you. Bit off more than you could chew.” This comes straight after the relatively-smooth “Motor City Groove,” featuring clear and appealing sax from Eric Noffz. “Bad Girl” has a down-and-dirty refrain, and “I’m Alive With You” is the closest thing to a slow-dance tune, although it’s mid-tempo.

This is not your average rock recording. It’ll leave you in awe of the musicians’ stamina (fueled by how much caffeine?), and at the same time, it’ll make you wonder what would happen if they slowed down and injected more blues into their repertoire. As is, it’s a shred-fest beyond compare, mixing and matching the scariest guitar Monsters to create an oeuvre all their own. Listener alert: even if their style isn’t yours, it just might grow on you.

Reviewer Rainey Wetnight is a 43 year old female Blues fan. A child of 1980s music, she was strongly influenced by her father’s blues music collection.

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Hailing from Ypsilanti, MI is Woody Mac and their latest album Beware The Monsters an eleven song mix of gritty Rust Belt blues. The band gets its name from front man guitarist and vocalist Allen McMillan who as child was fond of a certain cartoon character and because of his Scottish heritage. Rounding out the outfit are Timmy Sears on drums and Jeff Dork on bass. The album is raw and rootsy blues rock with a live feel with Dork and Sears being introduced to the material in the studio on the day it was recorded and with no more than three takes for each song. Nuggets to chose from include the hard charging opening track "Stand Tall", the tight rocking groove of "Lifeline", a couple of pedal to the metal rockers "Was Your Mama Right" and "Good Lord Almighty", the bashing good time about the joy of being in a band "Rock and Roll Band", the horn driven R&B chestnut "Motor City Groove", the funky workout "Bad Girl", the sweet rocking ode to a special sweetheart "I'm Alive With You", the galloping title cut "Beware The Monsters" and the instrumental "Little Diddy". For more information about Woody Mac and their latest album Beware The Monsters head over to www.woodymacblues.com or www.facebook.com/woodymacband

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           Album Review from Errny Blues & Otherstyles

We present to you the new album by Woody Mac aka Allen Macmillan with his killer riffs. From the very beginning of the album until its completion, Macmillan absolutely rips through almost every track, which means that his fingers are fighting with his voice for the most outstanding aspect of this collection.

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Following the success of the first release "Dig It" the 2021 Motor city Music Awards nominated CD for outstanding Blues songwriter comes the new CD by Woody Mac called " Beware The Monsters" This CD goes to 11! That is 11 songs by Woody Mac Raw & Rock'n

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REVIEW FROM SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 iSSUE 14-37 FROM BLUESBLAST MAGAZINE

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                                    In This Issue 

Marty Gunther has our feature interview with first call band leader and renowned Chicago Bluesman Rico McFarland. We have 4 Blues reviews for you this week including new music from Jimmie Vaughan, Woody Mac, Cliff Stevens and Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues

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Woody Mac – Dig It

self release

9 songs time – 32:33

Michigander Woody Mac(Allen McMillan) evokes arena rock bands like Z.Z. Top and Bachman Turner Overdrive as he leads his power trio with his growling vocals and heavy-handed guitar onslaught. Close at his heels are the fleet fingered Jeff Dork on bass and rock steady drummer Timmy Sears. This is no run-of-the mill rhythm section. Jeff delivers inventive and upfront bass lines while Timmy has a deft touch on the skins. Neil Barbu provides keyboards on three tracks, but sadly passed away unexpectedly shortly after recording them.

Right out of the gate you are taken back to the early seventies via multi-tracked screaming blues rock guitars on “We All Have Hard Times”. Neil supplies organ on the funky “I’ve Drank Too Much”. The title song “Dig It” has either un credited or sampled horns and includes a nifty bass solo. The legacy of the great Robert Johnson is the subject of “Judgement Day”, a song that includes electric slide guitar and acoustic guitar as well as a few spooky guitar sounds near song’s end.

Funky bass under swirling dueling guitars fuel the heady blues rock of “Keep Playing The Blues”. A relentless walking bass line helps “Train” chug along(no pun intended). It also contains un credited harmonica blurts. The heavy “Fools Gold” has a brief jazzy guitar bit in its’ midst along with low in the mix keyboards. The CD goes out on a trippy note via the spacey “Vertigo” with its’ distorted vocal, at times melodic guitars, way cool bass playing and what appears to be synth strings.

Woody and his crew rock out in grand style with each member in control of their instrument that in turn delivers a heady brew. Aside from strong songwriting, guitar and vocals Woody’s production values bring it all together. Treat yourself to these unique sounds.

Reviewer Greg “Bluesdog” Szalony hails from the New Jersey Delta.

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What people are saying about the CD

 

Great Vocals, Excellent guitar/sound. Enjoyed (MJD)

 

Kick Ass Blues - Sounded Great (RRH)

 

Love it. (KW)

  Wow ...... just wow!! Love it!! (MP)

 

     I really enjoyed your new album, "Dig It!" Lots of rocking, original songs! CONGRATULATIONS and best of luck in the future! (JAH)

 

   I can dig it for sure. Got me going again this am. I especially love the change ups, refreshing, unexpected, great riffs. Rock on Bros. (CP)

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           Album Review from Errny Blues & Otherstyles

We present to you the new album by Woody Mac aka Allen Macmillan with his killer riffs. From the very beginning of the album until its completion, Macmillan absolutely rips through almost every track, which means that his fingers are fighting with his voice for the most outstanding aspect of this collection.

Beware The Monsters

Go to our new shop now! and purchase Beware the Monsters!

Following the success of the first release "Dig It" the 2021 Motor city Music Awards nominated CD for outstanding Blues songwriter comes the new CD by Woody Mac called " Beware The Monsters" This CD goes to 11! That is 11 songs by Woody Mac Raw & Rock'n

Featuring - Good Lord Almighty, Stand Tall and More!

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Beware the monsters CD Now! Available at  both Dearborn Music locations. 
                          Dearborn & Farmington

                          Review From Review world

               Woody Mac: Beware the Monsters Album Review

Beware the Monsters is like an old road in a southern state, rocky in parts, but full of grit from start to finish.

Woody Mac’s second project is a Rock-infused country blues mash up that winds up being a decent attempt of capturing the gritty, more angsty, side of the genre.

The album shines mostly in its instrumentation, especially the guitar. The first song “Stand Tall” feels cinematic in its opening, with dirty guitar chords that drag you into the rebellious atmosphere that encapsulates the sound of the album.

Woody Mac’s gravelly vocals compliment the instrumentation like whiskey and coke.

WOODY MAC WORLDWIDE!

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GET READY TO ROCK!

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REVIEW FROM SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 iSSUE 14-37 FROM BLUESBLAST MAGAZINE

Real, Raw & Rocking

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02 - I've Drank Too Much
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                                    In This Issue 

Marty Gunther has our feature interview with first call band leader and renowned Chicago Bluesman Rico McFarland. We have 4 Blues reviews for you this week including new music from Jimmie Vaughan, Woody Mac, Cliff Stevens and Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues

 Featured Blues Review

Woody Mac – Dig It

self release

9 songs time – 32:33

Michigander Woody Mac(Allen McMillan) evokes arena rock bands like Z.Z. Top and Bachman Turner Overdrive as he leads his power trio with his growling vocals and heavy-handed guitar onslaught. Close at his heels are the fleet fingered Jeff Dork on bass and rock steady drummer Timmy Sears. This is no run-of-the mill rhythm section. Jeff delivers inventive and upfront bass lines while Timmy has a deft touch on the skins. Neil Barbu provides keyboards on three tracks, but sadly passed away unexpectedly shortly after recording them.

Right out of the gate you are taken back to the early seventies via multi-tracked screaming blues rock guitars on “We All Have Hard Times”. Neil supplies organ on the funky “I’ve Drank Too Much”. The title song “Dig It” has either un credited or sampled horns and includes a nifty bass solo. The legacy of the great Robert Johnson is the subject of “Judgement Day”, a song that includes electric slide guitar and acoustic guitar as well as a few spooky guitar sounds near song’s end.

Funky bass under swirling dueling guitars fuel the heady blues rock of “Keep Playing The Blues”. A relentless walking bass line helps “Train” chug along(no pun intended). It also contains un credited harmonica blurts. The heavy “Fools Gold” has a brief jazzy guitar bit in its’ midst along with low in the mix keyboards. The CD goes out on a trippy note via the spacey “Vertigo” with its’ distorted vocal, at times melodic guitars, way cool bass playing and what appears to be synth strings.

Woody and his crew rock out in grand style with each member in control of their instrument that in turn delivers a heady brew. Aside from strong songwriting, guitar and vocals Woody’s production values bring it all together. Treat yourself to these unique sounds.

Reviewer Greg “Bluesdog” Szalony hails from the New Jersey Delta.

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What people are saying about the CD

 

Great Vocals, Excellent guitar/sound. Enjoyed (MJD)

 

Kick Ass Blues - Sounded Great (RRH)

 

Love it. (KW)

  Wow ...... just wow!! Love it!! (MP)

 

     I really enjoyed your new album, "Dig It!" Lots of rocking, original songs! CONGRATULATIONS and best of luck in the future! (JAH)

 

   I can dig it for sure. Got me going again this am. I especially love the change ups, refreshing, unexpected, great riffs. Rock on Bros. (CP)

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Story behind Woody Mac

This is part a tribute to my father and to my Scottish heritage.When I was a child my father gave me the nickname Woody in reference to one of my favorite cartoons at the time Woody Woodpecker.The Mac comes from my Scottish last name McMillan which is pronounced (MacMillan) and was my Dads nickname given to him by his co-workers at Ford motor Co in Ypsilanti Michigan.

So I introduce to you

Woody Mac AKA (Allen McMillan)

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