Press for 'Second Chances'

2021 Nominee for Album of the Year(male) Josie Music Awards

IndiePulse Music

McDonough's emotional vocal delivery has the listener feel as if they're in the room with McDonough while he is pouring his heart out...McDonough shows he is a hidden gem more people need to be aware of.
USA
IndiePulse Music

Music Existence

John has been successful at capturing his inner balladeer, capturing the loneliness and uncertainty of this pandemic yet offering hope and beauty, and the power of songs to uplift and sustain. 'Second Chances' is a must album for listeners looking to be challenged and entertained.
USA
Music Existence

Take Effect

A longtime Austin singer-songwriter with a healthy amount of records under his belt and a penchant for engaging story telling and proficient guitar work..."The Place Where I Belong" starts the listen with warm, graceful acoustic strumming as McDonough's timeless folk quality enters the poetic atmosphere, and "Tonights The Night" follows with an expressive and vocally more firm display of rugged yet melodic song craft.
USA
Take Effect

She Wolf

John McDonough succeeds in taking the listener into his musical realm and immediately ensures that you lose yourself in his harmony and melodies and forget everything around you. John McDonough is an experience in and of itself, killing two birds at once with one stone: namely compositionally, through his sensitive playing and the songwriting, which he brings to the audience with a thoroughly audible vocal performance. 
Germany
She Wolf

Lonestar Time

McDonough combines great folk skill and pop inflections , poetic depth, and excellent artistic skills that now take shape in acoustic form.
Italy
Lonestar Time

Daily Pop News

After fully absorbing 'Second Chances,' it's impossible not to consider it an early contender for one of the best albums of 2021...it should be regarded as a true artistic masterpiece. 
USA
Daily Pop News

Vents Magazine

John McDonough's acoustic LP, Second Chances, is a complete work. It's hallmarked by phenomenal musicianship and deeply, thoughtful lyrics that are enhanced by uncommon candor. Second Chances is can't miss for fans of acoustic/singer/songwriter genres, that have an extra dose of energy. The cadence and pacing of the album is near perfection, as there is no wasted motion. John McDonough has overachieved on this LP. 
USA
Vents Magazine

Music Existence

Always the one to address a topic close to peoples heart, McDonough stays true to this ideal throughout this project by ensuring that each and every song makes an impression and leaves a lasting impact on the listener...the whole project is an evocative musical narrative that covers an array of themes ranging from compassion, ambition, love, and even war. For an artist so intentional and passionate about his craft, 'Second Chances' does more than justify his talent, it sets him apart as one of the best Americana musicians around.
USA
Music Existence

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Americana Music Association

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Americana Music Association

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