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An explosively exuberant rocking album from this cult artist . Described as a 'Watershed" which will finally expose McLoughlin as the wonderful songwriter and artist that he is . Those with discerning taste will love this feast of great guitar based rock

10 MP3 Songs in this album (42:58) !
Related styles: Rock: Americana, Rock: Adult Contemporary, Featuring Guitar

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SEPT 2010 REVIEWS Tony McLoughlin (https://www.tradebit.com) released his 4th album on 23rd Aug https://www.tradebit.com album âRIDE THE WINDâ is receiving very significant attention and airplay and may be the âwatershedâ which finally exposes McLoughlin as the high caliber Roots/Rock Songwriter and Artist that he https://www.tradebit.com cult following of believers have known this for years!
Here are some of the reviews:


https://www.tradebit.com


Tony McLoughlin: Ride the Wind

Reviewed By: Malcolm Carter
Label: Tony McLoughlin
Format: CD
As the years pass and we find the search for new music to inspire and touch us gets increasingly more difficult thereâs a tendency to fall back on the music of our youth, music we understood and felt comfortable with but which still moves us. As obviously as time moves on the feeling that weâve heard it all before gets stronger and stronger.

Then an artist like Tony McLoughlin comes along who is far from breaking any new ground but in taking various elements from rock, country, folk and even blues has produced an album that although could have been made any time in the last 40 years sounds refreshingly contemporary. There is not a single song on this ten-track album that makes you hit the skip button. In fact youâre more likely to want to play the whole album through again as soon as it is finished.

âRide the Windâ is McLoughlinâs fourth album yet itâs the first one he has recorded in his native land of Ireland. Not being familiar with his previous work Iâm not in a position to comment if the albums he cut in Nashville or Nuremberg were influenced by their surroundings but âRide the Windâ has a warm, homely sound about it which may well have been brought on by McLoughlin recording the songs on familiar ground.

McLoughlin has been compared to Tom Petty in the past and although McLoughlinâs lived-in vocal style does owe some little debt to some of Pettyâs early work the sound of the guitars throughout âRide the Windâ shows that maybe Petty is more than a slight influence on McLoughlin. Thereâs a distinct lack of rough edges even when McLoughlin rocks out on songs like âLet the River Runâ ; the production by Ben Reel who also supplies guitar and vocals throughout the album is smooth but doesnât suffocate the songs and frames this set of McLoughlin originals perfectly. There are some really smart moments on the album; Julianne Reel adds beautiful backing vocals to a number of songs but the way her vocals are recorded on the last song, âTreelineâ, brings out the sensitivity in not just that particular song but in McLoughlinâs vocals too. Again a warm, friendly sound envelopes the song especially the sound of the organ and harmonica but Julianneâs vocals push the song from sounding good into something special. Itâs a perfect way to close the album and simply leaves you longing for more. Itâs certainly the most affecting song on âRide the Windâ.

But that doesnât mean that McLoughlin closed the album with the strongest song on the album. The opening track, âYou Look To Meâ, where McLoughlin wears his Petty influences proudly on his sleeve, is a solid rocker, the kind that is instantly familiar but still sounding fresh every time you hear it. Itâs the kind of song that will have you mouthing the words as McLoughlin performs it in concert; itâs a feel-good song that you just canât sit still to.

With the second song, âRide the Windâ, you start to think that McLoughlin isnât going to put a foot wrong throughout the forty-three minutes that it takes to listen to this album and he doesnât. Tommy Womack co-wrote that title song with McLoughlin so no more needs to be said about what a classic track it is. The fact that McLoughlin gets the opportunity to write with other artists as acclaimed as Tommy Womack goes to show that he is very much a musicians' musician. âRide the Windâ has such a catchy melody, McLoughlinâs yearning vocals canât fail to impress and the band and backing vocalists really shine on this song.

So it goes on, the melodies flow, the playing is superb and McLoughlin makes a strong case here for being up there with the best of our current vocalists. As I wrote earlier, McLoughlin isnât doing anything new but what he does gets your attention and just wonât let you go. Maybe the best thing about this music that McLoughlin makes is that you just canât pigeonhole it; itâs simply great music, superbly sung, played and produced and will appeal to a wide audience.

I have to go as far as to say that this is a perfect album. Itâs the perfect length, it leaves you wanting more and every time you listen to it thereâs a new favourite Tony McLoughlin song. To say Iâm impressed would be an understatement.

G Promo PR
2 Streatley Mews
Corve Street
Ludlow
Shropshire
SY8 2PN
UK

UK/European Press & Radio

Contact: Geraint Jones / Deb Jones

Phone: +44 (0) 1584 873211
Mobile: + 44 (0) 7855 724798
Email: [email protected]://www.tradebit.com






https://www.tradebit.com

Tony McLoughlin
Album:Ride The Wind
Label:Self Released
Website: https://www.tradebit.com
There is something within artists like Tony McLoughlin that strike a chord. Had the threads of fate twisted in a different way they may well have been household names or at least very familiar, it certainly wasn't talent that held him back. Despite the lack of fame and fortune knocking on their door, they remained faithful to their mistress, music. "Ride The Wind" is a well crafted album full of strong songs from a man with a lot of experience of life to share. It contains elements of poetry blended with a bluesy core. It's an album of experience and expression.


https://www.tradebit.com
>
> TONY McLOUGHLIN Ride The Wind Tony McLoughlin Music (2010)
>
>
> Tony McLoughlin is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter with an American
> sound and a batch of songs that readily explain his song writing links
> with Nashville. But this is not the Nashville of the Grand Ole Opry but a
> centre of song writing excellence that given a far break should offer Tony
> rich reward.
>
> Given that 'Ride The Wind' was recorded in Ireland with home grown
> musicians it should be viewed as that rare achievement, a top notch slice
> of Americana that manages to avoid the pitfalls of clichéd lyrics, a
> wooden production and contrived songs.
>
> 'Ride The Wind' represents all that is good in the contemporary roots rock
> genre. The songs are well crafted and backed by an intuitive production
> (courtesy of Ben Reel who doubles on acoustic guitars) and comes with the
> kind of continuity and flow that is rare in an independent release.
>
> And while 'Ride The Wind' doesn't quite manage to carry the majesty of the
> opening 'You Look To Me' over all 10 tracks, there's enough moments of
> real inspiration to be constantly drawn back into Tony's understated but
> compelling style.
>
> The opening brace songs featuring the Tom Petty influenced 'You Look To
> Me' and the Bob Seger influenced title track (co-written with Tommy
> Womack) are both moulded by muscular chiming riffs that drive them on to
> their respective conclusions.
>
> The Davis Raines co-penned 'You Look For It All' has a dirgy Neil Young
> style chiming guitar line reprised on the later 'Deep Under Your Spell'
> while another McLoughlin/Raines effort 'Not Too Far From Memphis' enjoys a
> rootsy swamp blues feel and a hypnotic groove that lyrically nails its
> mast to its geographic title.
>
> All the songs are beautifully judged and full of steely riffs, lovely
> harmony singing and undulating tempos that evoke a sultry meandering
> journey. And while McLoughlin barely hides his thinly veiled influences he
> makes the most of them turning them into something all of his own making.
>
> Look no further than the mesmerising 'Mothers Son' with its hypnotic
> guitar line, crisp drum pattern, cool vibes and Knopfler style vocals.
> Tony's world weary enunciation brings a sense of real emotion to the
> lyrics on a song that lets the melody breathe. Nothing is forced and as
> the notes float into the ether as you are almost invited to ponder the
> meaning of the words. The drop-down ending is the perfect finish to a song
> that makes the most of a very delicate dynamic.
>
> In some respects Tony is stuck in a beautiful musical time warp where
> songs and melodic /Celtic divide and settles for an Otis Taylor like drone,
> full of lovely harmony singing and a delightful Patsy Toman mandolin
> driven melody. Like many of Tony's songs repeated listening reveal
> lingering melodies and resonant sonic qualities that underpin his deeply
> felt expressive singing.
>
> Tony's songs unfold like a series of tales that in due course reveal more
> about the writer bit by bit. Some of the choruses embody an anthemic
> quality while the edgy guitar lines lead the songs up down and whichever
> way suits the lyrics. But he's never to far away from an expansive
> Americana base.
>
> The feelings and emotions may be born in Northern Ireland but the imagery
> and vistas belong to another continent. Listen to 'I Like The Way' for
> example, the song may carry another signature Neil Young guitar line, but
> it finds its heart and soul comes from Tony's lyrics. The clever phrasing
> and pregnant pause just before the concluding part of the chorus give the
> song its punch.
>
> He finishes with 'Treeline' a meditative spiritual ballad not too far
> removed from Dylan. But like much of this album the influences swell dip
> and meander in and out some beautifully crafted songs that come stamped
> with Tony's own sense of symmetry.
>
> He may be rooted in folk and his guitar lines may be derived from rock,
> but 'Ride The Wind' is a delightful journey across the plains in the
> capable hands of evocative songwriter. 'Ride The Wind' may be a slow
> burner but it's a CD you should buy and revisit many times.
>
> *****
>
> Review by Pete Feenstra


https://www.tradebit.com
Tony McLoughlin 'Ride The Wind' Self-Released
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 02:23PM
This new album finds the Irish songwriter in the capable production hands of fellow artist Ben Reel. Having made previous albums in the US this album was recorded in Monaghan. The end result is a slice of powerful roots rock. Songs with a kick and some substance. The title song was co-written by McLoughlin with Tommy Womack, while other songs were written with Reel and the closing Treeline is a co-write with Sergio Webb. All are topped with a hearty vocal delivery by McLoughlin over a solid backing that includes Ben Reel on acoustic and electric guitars with locals Ronnie O'Flynn on bass, Michael Black on drums, John McCullogh on keyboards. McLoughlin also shares the guitar playing duties. This is grown up robust music that draws from several music forms to create an album that has balls. The songs are memorable, the more so with repeated play. Tony McLoughlin has been around for some time making albums that his fans love but have never really made waves outside of that, which is a pity as he is an artist with quite a bit to offer. He may not be as known as Henry McCullough and heaven knows Henry flies under the radar too but this album will likely appeal to those who like Henry's similar blend of blues, r 'n' b and country. A healthy roots stew that should https://www.tradebit.comisfaction to those who like their music with some age and dirt on it.



https://www.tradebit.com
Album Review: Tony McLoughlin - Ride the Wind (Self Release)
________________________________________
By Allan Wilkinson - Posted on 13 August 2010

Well travelled and clued-up musically, songwriter Tony McLoughlin delivers his fourth album Ride the Wind, the first to be recorded on home turf and with a handful of fellow countrymen. Gathering together a fine supporting cast of Irish musicians such as Ben Reel on guitars, Ronnie O'Flynn on bass and percussion, Michael Black on drums and John McCullogh on keyboards, the kindred spirit approach seemed to pay off in the studio, the studio in question being Attick Studios in Monaghan. With Ben Reel at the helm, a highly charged and cohesive collection of songs resulted, each with a tight and 'together' arrangement.
Originally from Newry, County Down, McLoughlin has travelled back and forth between Ireland and Nashville, developing a keen ear for the harder edge of country music with a distinctly bluesy feel. Whilst songs such as Not Too Far From Memphis and Deep Under Your Spell demonstrate this inherent understanding of the blues, Treeline and Mothers Son maintain a contrasting country/pop feel.
When not brandishing his trusty telecaster, McLoughlin donates much of his time on conservation endeavours, taking to the high seas in search of dolphins, whales and sea turtles, for all intents and purposes, riding the wind.
Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky








https://www.tradebit.com

Ride the Wind : Tony McLoughlin
Album Kindly Submitted by G-Promotions

Style : Americana
Rate (1-5) :

This is already the fourth album for this native Irishman who came to play the blues when he was a Birmingham student! After playing in a couple of bands and gigging the pubs with blues, country, bluegrass and even some folk acts Tony found his home in a mix of all these sounds! These days this kind of music gets the moniker Americana but it is worth to check it out and listen for your self cause there is much more to discover into it then what you should expect.

Leading track âYou look to meâ sounds exactly like Neil Young and also âYou look for it allâ is something that reminds you of Neil Young with Crazy Horse. Especially the sound of the guitar seems to be âstolenâ from to âCortez The Killerâ. The overall sound of this album is blues rock, but once in a while youâll find some other influences coming up as well. Take for instance âMothers Sonâ! This is one of those tunes that is heavily influenced by the country genre. With âDeep under Your Spellâ he takes you even on a sidestep into some alt. Blues variation. The sound of an early Tom Petty is seldom far away and on âI Like The wayâ this easy audible. The sound of Crazy Horse returns once more in âLet The River Runâ a Texas based tune.

Amongst this collection of great tunes âSoul Brother, Soul Sisterâ is one that stands out for its originality. But in general all tunes are equally good on this album that is due to release on august 23. It is certainly not a big secret that âRide Windâ will rattle the cage and upon listing to it you will easily understand why this is! For about 40 minutes long Mr. McLoughlin takes you on a easy ride with tunes you simply canât deny! This is truly a hell of an album! This august, Tony McLoughlin is on tour in Germany and some parts of Europe, if he stops by in Belgium Iâll hope to catch him for sure.

Mr. Blue Boogie.


more info on :
https://www.tradebit.com



G Promo PR


FolkWorld Issue 43 11/2010
Tony McLoughlin "Ride the Wind"
Label: Own label; 2010
Many times do I find myself putting on yet another blues-rock offering almost dreading that it will sound like a hundred other similar records. It only took a few bars into the first song, where this notion was dispelled. There is clearly a confidence in the song writing and playing present here. The songs rock with just a little extra effort. The vocals have assurance of a veteran who is in his prime. As the songs keep coming, they show great variety between the faster rockier ones and slow bluesy outings. McLoughlin is an Irishman who has travelled and recorded in America, so he does carry a good balance of musical experiences. If there is a fault anywhere, it may be in the lyrics, which are fairly ordinary. But the music and the passion are more than enough to keep this one on the short list of albums I want to replay often.
https://www.tradebit.com
David Hintz

G Promo PR
2 Streatley Mews
Corve Street
Ludlow
Shropshire
SY8 2PN
UK

UK/European Press & Radio


FolkWorld Issue 43 11/2010
Tony McLoughlin "Ride the Wind"
Label: Own label; 2010
Many times do I find myself putting on yet another blues-rock offering almost dreading that it will sound like a hundred other similar records. It only took a few bars into the first song, where this notion was dispelled. There is clearly a confidence in the song writing and playing present here. The songs rock with just a little extra effort. The vocals have assurance of a veteran who is in his prime. As the songs keep coming, they show great variety between the faster rockier ones and slow bluesy outings. McLoughlin is an Irishman who has travelled and recorded in America, so he does carry a good balance of musical experiences. If there is a fault anywhere, it may be in the lyrics, which are fairly ordinary. But the music and the passion are more than enough to keep this one on the short list of albums I want to replay often.
https://www.tradebit.com
David Hintz

G Promo PR
2 Streatley Mews
Corve Street
Ludlow
Shropshire
SY8 2PN
UK

UK/European Press & Radio
vv
SEPT 2010 REVIEWS Tony McLoughlin (https://www.tradebit.com) released his 4th album on 23rd Aug https://www.tradebit.com album âRIDE THE WINDâ is receiving very significant attention and airplay and may be the âwatershedâ which finally exposes McLoughlin as the high caliber Roots/Rock Songwriter and Artist that he https://www.tradebit.com cult following of believers have known this for years!
Here are some of the reviews:


https://www.tradebit.com


Tony McLoughlin: Ride the Wind

Reviewed By: Malcolm Carter
Label: Tony McLoughlin
Format: CD
As the years pass and we find the search for new music to inspire and touch us gets increasingly more difficult thereâs a tendency to fall back on the music of our youth, music we understood and felt comfortable with but which still moves us. As obviously as time moves on the feeling that weâve heard it all before gets stronger and stronger.

Then an artist like Tony McLoughlin comes along who is far from breaking any new ground but in taking various elements from rock, country, folk and even blues has produced an album that although could have been made any time in the last 40 years sounds refreshingly contemporary. There is not a single song on this ten-track album that makes you hit the skip button. In fact youâre more likely to want to play the whole album through again as soon as it is finished.

âRide the Windâ is McLoughlinâs fourth album yet itâs the first one he has recorded in his native land of Ireland. Not being familiar with his previous work Iâm not in a position to comment if the albums he cut in Nashville or Nuremberg were influenced by their surroundings but âRide the Windâ has a warm, homely sound about it which may well have been brought on by McLoughlin recording the songs on familiar ground.

McLoughlin has been compared to Tom Petty in the past and although McLoughlinâs lived-in vocal style does owe some little debt to some of Pettyâs early work the sound of the guitars throughout âRide the Windâ shows that maybe Petty is more than a slight influence on McLoughlin. Thereâs a distinct lack of rough edges even when McLoughlin rocks out on songs like âLet the River Runâ ; the production by Ben Reel who also supplies guitar and vocals throughout the album is smooth but doesnât suffocate the songs and frames this set of McLoughlin originals perfectly. There are some really smart moments on the album; Julianne Reel adds beautiful backing vocals to a number of songs but the way her vocals are recorded on the last song, âTreelineâ, brings out the sensitivity in not just that particular song but in McLoughlinâs vocals too. Again a warm, friendly sound envelopes the song especially the sound of the organ and harmonica but Julianneâs vocals push the song from sounding good into something special. Itâs a perfect way to close the album and simply leaves you longing for more. Itâs certainly the most affecting song on âRide the Windâ.

But that doesnât mean that McLoughlin closed the album with the strongest song on the album. The opening track, âYou Look To Meâ, where McLoughlin wears his Petty influences proudly on his sleeve, is a solid rocker, the kind that is instantly familiar but still sounding fresh every time you hear it. Itâs the kind of song that will have you mouthing the words as McLoughlin performs it in concert; itâs a feel-good song that you just canât sit still to.

With the second song, âRide the Windâ, you start to think that McLoughlin isnât going to put a foot wrong throughout the forty-three minutes that it takes to listen to this album and he doesnât. Tommy Womack co-wrote that title song with McLoughlin so no more needs to be said about what a classic track it is. The fact that McLoughlin gets the opportunity to write with other artists as acclaimed as Tommy Womack goes to show that he is very much a musicians' musician. âRide the Windâ has such a catchy melody, McLoughlinâs yearning vocals canât fail to impress and the band and backing vocalists really shine on this song.

So it goes on, the melodies flow, the playing is superb and McLoughlin makes a strong case here for being up there with the best of our current vocalists. As I wrote earlier, McLoughlin isnât doing anything new but what he does gets your attention and just wonât let you go. Maybe the best thing about this music that McLoughlin makes is that you just canât pigeonhole it; itâs simply great music, superbly sung, played and produced and will appeal to a wide audience.

I have to go as far as to say that this is a perfect album. Itâs the perfect length, it leaves you wanting more and every time you listen to it thereâs a new favourite Tony McLoughlin song. To say Iâm impressed would be an understatement.

G Promo PR
2 Streatley Mews
Corve Street
Ludlow
Shropshire
SY8 2PN
UK

UK/European Press & Radio

Contact: Geraint Jones / Deb Jones

Phone: +44 (0) 1584 873211
Mobile: + 44 (0) 7855 724798
Email: [email protected]://www.tradebit.com






https://www.tradebit.com

Tony McLoughlin
Album:Ride The Wind
Label:Self Released
Website: https://www.tradebit.com
There is something within artists like Tony McLoughlin that strike a chord. Had the threads of fate twisted in a different way they may well have been household names or at least very familiar, it certainly wasn't talent that held him back. Despite the lack of fame and fortune knocking on their door, they remained faithful to their mistress, music. "Ride The Wind" is a well crafted album full of strong songs from a man with a lot of experience of life to share. It contains elements of poetry blended with a bluesy core. It's an album of experience and expression.


https://www.tradebit.com
>
> TONY McLOUGHLIN Ride The Wind Tony McLoughlin Music (2010)
>
>
> Tony McLoughlin is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter with an American
> sound and a batch of songs that readily explain his song writing links
> with Nashville. But this is not the Nashville of the Grand Ole Opry but a
> centre of song writing excellence that given a far break should offer Tony
> rich reward.
>
> Given that 'Ride The Wind' was recorded in Ireland with home grown
> musicians it should be viewed as that rare achievement, a top notch slice
> of Americana that manages to avoid the pitfalls of clichéd lyrics, a
> wooden production and contrived songs.
>
> 'Ride The Wind' represents all that is good in the contemporary roots rock
> genre. The songs are well crafted and backed by an intuitive production
> (courtesy of Ben Reel who doubles on acoustic guitars) and comes with the
> kind of continuity and flow that is rare in an independent release.
>
> And while 'Ride The Wind' doesn't quite manage to carry the majesty of the
> opening 'You Look To Me' over all 10 tracks, there's enough moments of
> real inspiration to be constantly drawn back into Tony's understated but
> compelling style.
>
> The opening brace songs featuring the Tom Petty influenced 'You Look To
> Me' and the Bob Seger influenced title track (co-written with Tommy
> Womack) are both moulded by muscular chiming riffs that drive them on to
> their respective conclusions.
>
> The Davis Raines co-penned 'You Look For It All' has a dirgy Neil Young
> style chiming guitar line reprised on the later 'Deep Under Your Spell'
> while another McLoughlin/Raines effort 'Not Too Far From Memphis' enjoys a
> rootsy swamp blues feel and a hypnotic groove that lyrically nails its
> mast to its geographic title.
>
> All the songs are beautifully judged and full of steely riffs, lovely
> harmony singing and undulating tempos that evoke a sultry meandering
> journey. And while McLoughlin barely hides his thinly veiled influences he
> makes the most of them turning them into something all of his own making.
>
> Look no further than the mesmerising 'Mothers Son' with its hypnotic
> guitar line, crisp drum pattern, cool vibes and Knopfler style vocals.
> Tony's world weary enunciation brings a sense of real emotion to the
> lyrics on a song that lets the melody breathe. Nothing is forced and as
> the notes float into the ether as you are almost invited to ponder the
> meaning of the words. The drop-down ending is the perfect finish to a song
> that makes the most of a very delicate dynamic.
>
> In some respects Tony is stuck in a beautiful musical time warp where
> songs and melodic /Celtic divide and settles for an Otis Taylor like drone,
> full of lovely harmony singing and a delightful Patsy Toman mandolin
> driven melody. Like many of Tony's songs repeated listening reveal
> lingering melodies and resonant sonic qualities that underpin his deeply
> felt expressive singing.
>
> Tony's songs unfold like a series of tales that in due course reveal more
> about the writer bit by bit. Some of the choruses embody an anthemic
> quality while the edgy guitar lines lead the songs up down and whichever
> way suits the lyrics. But he's never to far away from an expansive
> Americana base.
>
> The feelings and emotions may be born in Northern Ireland but the imagery
> and vistas belong to another continent. Listen to 'I Like The Way' for
> example, the song may carry another signature Neil Young guitar line, but
> it finds its heart and soul comes from Tony's lyrics. The clever phrasing
> and pregnant pause just before the concluding part of the chorus give the
> song its punch.
>
> He finishes with 'Treeline' a meditative spiritual ballad not too far
> removed from Dylan. But like much of this album the influences swell dip
> and meander in and out some beautifully crafted songs that come stamped
> with Tony's own sense of symmetry.
>
> He may be rooted in folk and his guitar lines may be derived from rock,
> but 'Ride The Wind' is a delightful journey across the plains in the
> capable hands of evocative songwriter. 'Ride The Wind' may be a slow
> burner but it's a CD you should buy and revisit many times.
>
> *****
>
> Review by Pete Feenstra


https://www.tradebit.com
Tony McLoughlin 'Ride The Wind' Self-Released
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 02:23PM
This new album finds the Irish songwriter in the capable production hands of fellow artist Ben Reel. Having made previous albums in the US this album was recorded in Monaghan. The end result is a slice of powerful roots rock. Songs with a kick and some substance. The title song was co-written by McLoughlin with Tommy Womack, while other songs were written with Reel and the closing Treeline is a co-write with Sergio Webb. All are topped with a hearty vocal delivery by McLoughlin over a solid backing that includes Ben Reel on acoustic and electric guitars with locals Ronnie O'Flynn on bass, Michael Black on drums, John McCullogh on keyboards. McLoughlin also shares the guitar playing duties. This is grown up robust music that draws from several music forms to create an album that has balls. The songs are memorable, the more so with repeated play. Tony McLoughlin has been around for some time making albums that his fans love but have never really made waves outside of that, which is a pity as he is an artist with quite a bit to offer. He may not be as known as Henry McCullough and heaven knows Henry flies under the radar too but this album will likely appeal to those who like Henry's similar blend of blues, r 'n' b and country. A healthy roots stew that should https://www.tradebit.comisfaction to those who like their music with some age and dirt on it.



https://www.tradebit.com
Album Review: Tony McLoughlin - Ride the Wind (Self Release)
________________________________________
By Allan Wilkinson - Posted on 13 August 2010

Well travelled and clued-up musically, songwriter Tony McLoughlin delivers his fourth album Ride the Wind, the first to be recorded on home turf and with a handful of fellow countrymen. Gathering together a fine supporting cast of Irish musicians such as Ben Reel on guitars, Ronnie O'Flynn on bass and percussion, Michael Black on drums and John McCullogh on keyboards, the kindred spirit approach seemed to pay off in the studio, the studio in question being Attick Studios in Monaghan. With Ben Reel at the helm, a highly charged and cohesive collection of songs resulted, each with a tight and 'together' arrangement.
Originally from Newry, County Down, McLoughlin has travelled back and forth between Ireland and Nashville, developing a keen ear for the harder edge of country music with a distinctly bluesy feel. Whilst songs such as Not Too Far From Memphis and Deep Under Your Spell demonstrate this inherent understanding of the blues, Treeline and Mothers Son maintain a contrasting country/pop feel.
When not brandishing his trusty telecaster, McLoughlin donates much of his time on conservation endeavours, taking to the high seas in search of dolphins, whales and sea turtles, for all intents and purposes, riding the wind.
Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky








https://www.tradebit.com

Ride the Wind : Tony McLoughlin
Album Kindly Submitted by G-Promotions

Style : Americana
Rate (1-5) :

This is already the fourth album for this native Irishman who came to play the blues when he was a Birmingham student! After playing in a couple of bands and gigging the pubs with blues, country, bluegrass and even some folk acts Tony found his home in a mix of all these sounds! These days this kind of music gets the moniker Americana but it is worth to check it out and listen for your self cause there is much more to discover into it then what you should expect.

Leading track âYou look to meâ sounds exactly like Neil Young and also âYou look for it allâ is something that reminds you of Neil Young with Crazy Horse. Especially the sound of the guitar seems to be âstolenâ from to âCortez The Killerâ. The overall sound of this album is blues rock, but once in a while youâll find some other influences coming up as well. Take for instance âMothers Sonâ! This is one of those tunes that is heavily influenced by the country genre. With âDeep under Your Spellâ he takes you even on a sidestep into some alt. Blues variation. The sound of an early Tom Petty is seldom far away and on âI Like The wayâ this easy audible. The sound of Crazy Horse returns once more in âLet The River Runâ a Texas based tune.

Amongst this collection of great tunes âSoul Brother, Soul Sisterâ is one that stands out for its originality. But in general all tunes are equally good on this album that is due to release on august 23. It is certainly not a big secret that âRide Windâ will rattle the cage and upon listing to it you will easily understand why this is! For about 40 minutes long Mr. McLoughlin takes you on a easy ride with tunes you simply canât deny! This is truly a hell of an album! This august, Tony McLoughlin is on tour in Germany and some parts of Europe, if he stops by in Belgium Iâll hope to catch him for sure.

Mr. Blue Boogie.


more info on :
https://www.tradebit.com



G Promo PR


FolkWorld Issue 43 11/2010
Tony McLoughlin "Ride the Wind"
Label: Own label; 2010
Many times do I find myself putting on yet another blues-rock offering almost dreading that it will sound like a hundred other similar records. It only took a few bars into the first song, where this notion was dispelled. There is clearly a confidence in the song writing and playing present here. The songs rock with just a little extra effort. The vocals have assurance of a veteran who is in his prime. As the songs keep coming, they show great variety between the faster rockier ones and slow bluesy outings. McLoughlin is an Irishman who has travelled and recorded in America, so he does carry a good balance of musical experiences. If there is a fault anywhere, it may be in the lyrics, which are fairly ordinary. But the music and the passion are more than enough to keep this one on the short list of albums I want to replay often.
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FolkWorld Issue 43 11/2010
Tony McLoughlin "Ride the Wind"
Label: Own label; 2010
Many times do I find myself putting on yet another blues-rock offering almost dreading that it will sound like a hundred other similar records. It only took a few bars into the first song, where this notion was dispelled. There is clearly a confidence in the song writing and playing present here. The songs rock with just a little extra effort. The vocals have assurance of a veteran who is in his prime. As the songs keep coming, they show great variety between the faster rockier ones and slow bluesy outings. McLoughlin is an Irishman who has travelled and recorded in America, so he does carry a good balance of musical experiences. If there is a fault anywhere, it may be in the lyrics, which are fairly ordinary. But the music and the passion are more than enough to keep this one on the short list of albums I want to replay often.
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SEPT 2010 REVIEWS Tony McLoughlin (https://www.tradebit.com) released his 4th album on 23rd Aug https://www.tradebit.com album âRIDE THE WINDâ is receiving very significant attention and airplay and may be the âwatershedâ which finally exposes McLoughlin as the high caliber Roots/Rock Songwriter and Artist that he https://www.tradebit.com cult following of believers have known this for years!
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Tony McLoughlin: Ride the Wind

Reviewed By: Malcolm Carter
Label: Tony McLoughlin
Format: CD
As the years pass and we find the search for new music to inspire and touch us gets increasingly more difficult thereâs a tendency to fall back on the music of our youth, music we understood and felt comfortable with but which still moves us. As obviously as time moves on the feeling that weâve heard it all before gets stronger and stronger.

Then an artist like Tony McLoughlin comes along who is far from breaking any new ground but in taking various elements from rock, country, folk and even blues has produced an album that although could have been made any time in the last 40 years sounds refreshingly contemporary. There is not a single song on this ten-track album that makes you hit the skip button. In fact youâre more likely to want to play the whole album through again as soon as it is finished.

âRide the Windâ is McLoughlinâs fourth album yet itâs the first one he has recorded in his native land of Ireland. Not being familiar with his previous work Iâm not in a position to comment if the albums he cut in Nashville or Nuremberg were influenced by their surroundings but âRide the Windâ has a warm, homely sound about it which may well have been brought on by McLoughlin recording the songs on familiar ground.

McLoughlin has been compared to Tom Petty in the past and although McLoughlinâs lived-in vocal style does owe some little debt to some of Pettyâs early work the sound of the guitars throughout âRide the Windâ shows that maybe Petty is more than a slight influence on McLoughlin. Thereâs a distinct lack of rough edges even when McLoughlin rocks out on songs like âLet the River Runâ ; the production by Ben Reel who also supplies guitar and vocals throughout the album is smooth but doesnât suffocate the songs and frames this set of McLoughlin originals perfectly. There are some really smart moments on the album; Julianne Reel adds beautiful backing vocals to a number of songs but the way her vocals are recorded on the last song, âTreelineâ, brings out the sensitivity in not just that particular song but in McLoughlinâs vocals too. Again a warm, friendly sound envelopes the song especially the sound of the organ and harmonica but Julianneâs vocals push the song from sounding good into something special. Itâs a perfect way to close the album and simply leaves you longing for more. Itâs certainly the most affecting song on âRide the Windâ.

But that doesnât mean that McLoughlin closed the album with the strongest song on the album. The opening track, âYou Look To Meâ, where McLoughlin wears his Petty influences proudly on his sleeve, is a solid rocker, the kind that is instantly familiar but still sounding fresh every time you hear it. Itâs the kind of song that will have you mouthing the words as McLoughlin performs it in concert; itâs a feel-good song that you just canât sit still to.

With the second song, âRide the Windâ, you start to think that McLoughlin isnât going to put a foot wrong throughout the forty-three minutes that it takes to listen to this album and he doesnât. Tommy Womack co-wrote that title song with McLoughlin so no more needs to be said about what a classic track it is. The fact that McLoughlin gets the opportunity to write with other artists as acclaimed as Tommy Womack goes to show that he is very much a musicians' musician. âRide the Windâ has such a catchy melody, McLoughlinâs yearning vocals canât fail to impress and the band and backing vocalists really shine on this song.

So it goes on, the melodies flow, the playing is superb and McLoughlin makes a strong case here for being up there with the best of our current vocalists. As I wrote earlier, McLoughlin isnât doing anything new but what he does gets your attention and just wonât let you go. Maybe the best thing about this music that McLoughlin makes is that you just canât pigeonhole it; itâs simply great music, superbly sung, played and produced and will appeal to a wide audience.

I have to go as far as to say that this is a perfect album. Itâs the perfect length, it leaves you wanting more and every time you listen to it thereâs a new favourite Tony McLoughlin song. To say Iâm impressed would be an understatement.

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Tony McLoughlin
Album:Ride The Wind
Label:Self Released
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There is something within artists like Tony McLoughlin that strike a chord. Had the threads of fate twisted in a different way they may well have been household names or at least very familiar, it certainly wasn't talent that held him back. Despite the lack of fame and fortune knocking on their door, they remained faithful to their mistress, music. "Ride The Wind" is a well crafted album full of strong songs from a man with a lot of experience of life to share. It contains elements of poetry blended with a bluesy core. It's an album of experience and expression.


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> TONY McLOUGHLIN Ride The Wind Tony McLoughlin Music (2010)
>
>
> Tony McLoughlin is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter with an American
> sound and a batch of songs that readily explain his song writing links
> with Nashville. But this is not the Nashville of the Grand Ole Opry but a
> centre of song writing excellence that given a far break should offer Tony
> rich reward.
>
> Given that 'Ride The Wind' was recorded in Ireland with home grown
> musicians it should be viewed as that rare achievement, a top notch slice
> of Americana that manages to avoid the pitfalls of clichéd lyrics, a
> wooden production and contrived songs.
>
> 'Ride The Wind' represents all that is good in the contemporary roots rock
> genre. The songs are well crafted and backed by an intuitive production
> (courtesy of Ben Reel who doubles on acoustic guitars) and comes with the
> kind of continuity and flow that is rare in an independent release.
>
> And while 'Ride The Wind' doesn't quite manage to carry the majesty of the
> opening 'You Look To Me' over all 10 tracks, there's enough moments of
> real inspiration to be constantly drawn back into Tony's understated but
> compelling style.
>
> The opening brace songs featuring the Tom Petty influenced 'You Look To
> Me' and the Bob Seger influenced title track (co-written with Tommy
> Womack) are both moulded by muscular chiming riffs that drive them on to
> their respective conclusions.
>
> The Davis Raines co-penned 'You Look For It All' has a dirgy Neil Young
> style chiming guitar line reprised on the later 'Deep Under Your Spell'
> while another McLoughlin/Raines effort 'Not Too Far From Memphis' enjoys a
> rootsy swamp blues feel and a hypnotic groove that lyrically nails its
> mast to its geographic title.
>
> All the songs are beautifully judged and full of steely riffs, lovely
> harmony singing and undulating tempos that evoke a sultry meandering
> journey. And while McLoughlin barely hides his thinly veiled influences he
> makes the most of them turning them into something all of his own making.
>
> Look no further than the mesmerising 'Mothers Son' with its hypnotic
> guitar line, crisp drum pattern, cool vibes and Knopfler style vocals.
> Tony's world weary enunciation brings a sense of real emotion to the
> lyrics on a song that lets the melody breathe. Nothing is forced and as
> the notes float into the ether as you are almost invited to ponder the
> meaning of the words. The drop-down ending is the perfect finish to a song
> that makes the most of a very delicate dynamic.
>
> In some respects Tony is stuck in a beautiful musical time warp where
> songs and melodic /Celtic divide and settles for an Otis Taylor like drone,
> full of lovely harmony singing and a delightful Patsy Toman mandolin
> driven melody. Like many of Tony's songs repeated listening reveal
> lingering melodies and resonant sonic qualities that underpin his deeply
> felt expressive singing.
>
> Tony's songs unfold like a series of tales that in due course reveal more
> about the writer bit by bit. Some of the choruses embody an anthemic
> quality while the edgy guitar lines lead the songs up down and whichever
> way suits the lyrics. But he's never to far away from an expansive
> Americana base.
>
> The feelings and emotions may be born in Northern Ireland but the imagery
> and vistas belong to another continent. Listen to 'I Like The Way' for
> example, the song may carry another signature Neil Young guitar line, but
> it finds its heart and soul comes from Tony's lyrics. The clever phrasing
> and pregnant pause just before the concluding part of the chorus give the
> song its punch.
>
> He finishes with 'Treeline' a meditative spiritual ballad not too far
> removed from Dylan. But like much of this album the influences swell dip
> and meander in and out some beautifully crafted songs that come stamped
> with Tony's own sense of symmetry.
>
> He may be rooted in folk and his guitar lines may be derived from rock,
> but 'Ride The Wind' is a delightful journey across the plains in the
> capable hands of evocative songwriter. 'Ride The Wind' may be a slow
> burner but it's a CD you should buy and revisit many times.
>
> *****
>
> Review by Pete Feenstra


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Tony McLoughlin 'Ride The Wind' Self-Released
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 02:23PM
This new album finds the Irish songwriter in the capable production hands of fellow artist Ben Reel. Having made previous albums in the US this album was recorded in Monaghan. The end result is a slice of powerful roots rock. Songs with a kick and some substance. The title song was co-written by McLoughlin with Tommy Womack, while other songs were written with Reel and the closing Treeline is a co-write with Sergio Webb. All are topped with a hearty vocal delivery by McLoughlin over a solid backing that includes Ben Reel on acoustic and electric guitars with locals Ronnie O'Flynn on bass, Michael Black on drums, John McCullogh on keyboards. McLoughlin also shares the guitar playing duties. This is grown up robust music that draws from several music forms to create an album that has balls. The songs are memorable, the more so with repeated play. Tony McLoughlin has been around for some time making albums that his fans love but have never really made waves outside of that, which is a pity as he is an artist with quite a bit to offer. He may not be as known as Henry McCullough and heaven knows Henry flies under the radar too but this album will likely appeal to those who like Henry's similar blend of blues, r 'n' b and country. A healthy roots stew that should https://www.tradebit.comisfaction to those who like their music with some age and dirt on it.



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Album Review: Tony McLoughlin - Ride the Wind (Self Release)
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By Allan Wilkinson - Posted on 13 August 2010

Well travelled and clued-up musically, songwriter Tony McLoughlin delivers his fourth album Ride the Wind, the first to be recorded on home turf and with a handful of fellow countrymen. Gathering together a fine supporting cast of Irish musicians such as Ben Reel on guitars, Ronnie O'Flynn on bass and percussion, Michael Black on drums and John McCullogh on keyboards, the kindred spirit approach seemed to pay off in the studio, the studio in question being Attick Studios in Monaghan. With Ben Reel at the helm, a highly charged and cohesive collection of songs resulted, each with a tight and 'together' arrangement.
Originally from Newry, County Down, McLoughlin has travelled back and forth between Ireland and Nashville, developing a keen ear for the harder edge of country music with a distinctly bluesy feel. Whilst songs such as Not Too Far From Memphis and Deep Under Your Spell demonstrate this inherent understanding of the blues, Treeline and Mothers Son maintain a contrasting country/pop feel.
When not brandishing his trusty telecaster, McLoughlin donates much of his time on conservation endeavours, taking to the high seas in search of dolphins, whales and sea turtles, for all intents and purposes, riding the wind.
Allan Wilkinson
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This is already the fourth album for this native Irishman who came to play the blues when he was a Birmingham student! After playing in a couple of bands and gigging the pubs with blues, country, bluegrass and even some folk acts Tony found his home in a mix of all these sounds! These days this kind of music gets the moniker Americana but it is worth to check it out and listen for your self cause there is much more to discover into it then what you should expect.

Leading track âYou look to meâ sounds exactly like Neil Young and also âYou look for it allâ is something that reminds you of Neil Young with Crazy Horse. Especially the sound of the guitar seems to be âstolenâ from to âCortez The Killerâ. The overall sound of this album is blues rock, but once in a while youâll find some other influences coming up as well. Take for instance âMothers Sonâ! This is one of those tunes that is heavily influenced by the country genre. With âDeep under Your Spellâ he takes you even on a sidestep into some alt. Blues variation. The sound of an early Tom Petty is seldom far away and on âI Like The wayâ this easy audible. The sound of Crazy Horse returns once more in âLet The River Runâ a Texas based tune.

Amongst this collection of great tunes âSoul Brother, Soul Sisterâ is one that stands out for its originality. But in general all tunes are equally good on this album that is due to release on august 23. It is certainly not a big secret that âRide Windâ will rattle the cage and upon listing to it you will easily understand why this is! For about 40 minutes long Mr. McLoughlin takes you on a easy ride with tunes you simply canât deny! This is truly a hell of an album! This august, Tony McLoughlin is on tour in Germany and some parts of Europe, if he stops by in Belgium Iâll hope to catch him for sure.

Mr. Blue Boogie.


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FolkWorld Issue 43 11/2010
Tony McLoughlin "Ride the Wind"
Label: Own label; 2010
Many times do I find myself putting on yet another blues-rock offering almost dreading that it will sound like a hundred other similar records. It only took a few bars into the first song, where this notion was dispelled. There is clearly a confidence in the song writing and playing present here. The songs rock with just a little extra effort. The vocals have assurance of a veteran who is in his prime. As the songs keep coming, they show great variety between the faster rockier ones and slow bluesy outings. McLoughlin is an Irishman who has travelled and recorded in America, so he does carry a good balance of musical experiences. If there is a fault anywhere, it may be in the lyrics, which are fairly ordinary. But the music and the passion are more than enough to keep this one on the short list of albums I want to replay often.
https://www.tradebit.com
David Hintz

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FolkWorld Issue 43 11/2010
Tony McLoughlin "Ride the Wind"
Label: Own label; 2010
Many times do I find myself putting on yet another blues-rock offering almost dreading that it will sound like a hundred other similar records. It only took a few bars into the first song, where this notion was dispelled. There is clearly a confidence in the song writing and playing present here. The songs rock with just a little extra effort. The vocals have assurance of a veteran who is in his prime. As the songs keep coming, they show great variety between the faster rockier ones and slow bluesy outings. McLoughlin is an Irishman who has travelled and recorded in America, so he does carry a good balance of musical experiences. If there is a fault anywhere, it may be in the lyrics, which are fairly ordinary. But the music and the passion are more than enough to keep this one on the short list of albums I want to replay often.
https://www.tradebit.com
David Hintz

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