New Music Critique: John Salaway

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Contact: tori@richlynngroup.com

Web: johnsalaway.com

Seeking: Label, Booking, Film/TV, Mgmt
Style: Americana, Rock

Talented tunesmith John Salaway has a nice voice and knows how to render his songs in the recording studio. The production quality is great. From its easygoing intro to its whining steel guitar to its singalong finale, the resilient message of “Weather The Storm” shines through (“Love is a shelter that keeps us together”). Salaway then shakes things up with the lively, hook-solid “One More Round” (“...take another swing at me.”) which features a trumpet(!) and injects some fun, fast-paced phrasing that’s almost like rapping. Finally, a stately string section (and a lead vocal that reminds us of classic popster Harry Nilsson) lifts the sweet ballad “Letting Go...” and delivers a great decrescendo at the finale.