Press for 'Second Chances'

Daily Pop News

After fully absorbing 'Second Chances,' it's impossible not to consider it an early contender for one of the best albums os 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

Beach Sloth

John McDonough sings from a life lived to the fullest on the kind "Second Chances." His voice has a tremendous, light-filled beauty to it. Lyrics bring together elements of the afterworld, this world, and the reflection that comes after such a long journey. Arrangements has a profound loveliness to it with every element in just the right place. Guitar work has a magic to it for it goes for a gentle grace, as their phrasing proves to be a powerful counterpart to John's delicate vocals.
USA
Beach Sloth

 

Country Jukebox

Anyone who has ever heard of John McDonough knows that one thing can be expected...skillful songwriting with engaging melodies and a powerful expressive voice that exudes a very special beauty...As hoped, the Americana folk singer/songwriter is at it again with his latest release Second Chances: John convinces with huge songs that do not teach but speak to the listener in a way that few can manage - he has long since found his own lyrical and musical style, making comparisons with other artists superfluous.

Germany
Country Jukebox

Hollywood Digest

Second Chances is a ten song LP that flies by, yet will linger in your subconscious for days. This work is filled with soul, and captures McDonough at his contemplative best. This record leaves you wanting more...McDonough has captured a rare energy with this acoustic offering. It is possible that it will go down as one of his definitive recordings.
USA
Hollywood Digest

Barn Own Blues

McDonough is one of those composers who writes small valuable stories and manages to package them beautifully in a musical setting...A beautiful CD and an absolute must for lovers of well written and made music by this storyteller.

Holland
Barn Owl Blues

Band Camp Diaries

John McDonough is a talented singer and songwriter with a penchant for writing mesmerizing and relatable acoustic music...('The Place Where I Belong')highlights John's intimate songwriting, as well as his remarkable ability to say more with less.
USA
Band Camp Diaries

Alt Country Forum

McDonough's guitar skills and the new arrangements here sound a lot more fascinating and interesting. Beautiful melancholic music in its full glory. 

Holland
Alt Country Forum

Press for 'Surrounding Colors'

Americana Music Association

IndieWorld Country Record Report

Press for 'Dreams and Imagination'

Americana Music Association

IndieWorld Country Record Report