Dan McKinnon takes listeners to blues-rock paradise ASAP


If you like rocking ’70 style blues rock  guitar, you will love Dan McKinnon’s new CD ASAP (As Sharp As Possible).
 There are actually two Dan McKinnons playing in and around  Canada. This Dan McKinnon is definitely not the Nova Scotian folk and roots singer.
 Click here to hear Dan McKinnonThis Dan McKinnon, who calls Toronto home, likes his guitars bigger, louder and bluesier.

While last years’ self titled debut EP showed his variety of musical styles,  ASAP focuses on big, beefy riffs drawn from the well of ’70s rock.
 The first track ‘Ain’t Looking Back’ draws the listener in and he keeps the energy up pretty much through to the end with ‘A Different Road’ which also has some hot guitar soloing. While ‘Ain’t Looking Back’ draws you in, the next track ‘King of the Hill’ will pretty much melt your face.
‘Got It Bad’ is in a similar vein.

 He totally tears things up on ‘Heart Attack,’ which shows a touch of soul as well as big, loud guitar.

 Fellow Toronto bluesman Jack DeKeyser produced the CD and adds his prodigious guitar talent to the very sweet instrumental ‘The Recipe.’ So you know this young up and comer is in good hands. McKinnon himself shows blues music in Canada is in more than capable hands as ‘The Recipe’ has some of the most tasteful guitar playing on the record.

He shows some of his softer side on ‘Killing Time,’ with some tasty, slow guitar solos. The softer, more soulful side comes out again on ‘Lucky One.’ Another pleasant, slower, soulful track is ‘One Regret,’ which has a ’60s pop feel.

Mid-tempo blues rocker ‘Perfect Ten’ stands out from the crowd as something a little different and slightly laid back.
If you like the blues and blues rock and lots and lots of guitar, then you will love Dan McKinnon. So check him out ASAP.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
CD: ASAP (As  Sharp as Possible)
 Artist: Dan McKinnon
Genre: blues/ blues rock