REVIEW: Walker McGuire (EP)

If you haven’t yet heard of the Walker McGuire boys, I want to know how?! You are most definitely missing a trick! The duo, comprised of Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire, signed a deal with BBR Group’s Wheelhouse Records, following the streaming success of their debut single ‘Til Tomorrow, an INCREDIBLE track in my opinion.

They are among a roster of some of Nashville’s finest, including Granger Smith, Trace Adkins, Runaway June and Kristian Bush. The first time you listen to these guys, it’s hard to imagine that they actually only met on stage at a writers’ round in Nashville, days after moving to town and then formed the band.

This self-titled EP is a showcase of the pair’s talent, and with influences such as Keith Whitley and Tom Petty, these two are far from the mainstream Country norm.

The 5-track record opens with Mysteries of The World, a very old-style country track in both sound and lyrics. The harmonies on this absolute gem, just melt together and sit perfectly on top of the chugging electric guitars, throwing in a bottleneck slide every now and then… I’m hooked.

Lost, the guys’ current single (hits country radio Jan 16th), is up next and I just know this one is going to be a smash! Opening with drums, the second I hear the guitar slide and open up the melody, I’m trailblazing open, back-roads with windows wide open and breathing in that country air. An anthemic love song, with beautiful, lyrical imagery… what girl wouldn’t want a song like this written about her? It’s why we love Country…right?!

My personal favourite, the stunning ‘TIl Tomorrow, hit County radio in April 2017 as a Top 3 Most Added song (Spotify) and dang, listen to this and tell me you can’t see why! One of my favourite tracks of last year, it had me on the edge of my seat, waiting on this EP. It is most definitely the standout track on the project. Guitar heavy, relatable lyrics and those gorgeous harmonies… tick, tick, tick on the BANGER checklist.

With a little bit more of a Country-Pop vibe, the happy-go-lucky sounding Forever is a breath of fresh air among some pretty heavy-on-the-heartstrings tracks. Still staying true to the sound that sets this duo apart, it’s catchy, light and brings old and new country together.

Best Kinda Bad closes the project. It’s not a love song, it’s a sassy ode to a badass chick that a guy can’t get off of his mind… I love it. Heavier guitar, with a pop-rock sound, but still brought back to those country roots, with the southern accented harmonies this project will make you fall in love with. The perfect end to an EP that is going to be the start of a MASSIVE career for the Walker McGuire boys, in my opinion.

The Walker McGuire project is just fabulous. If you haven’t heard it, go download it… right now! Big things are ahead for these two. Can we please have a full-length album guys, like stat?!

Lost, the guys’ current single (hits country radio Jan 16th), is up next and I just know this one is going to be a smash! Opening with drums, the second I hear the guitar slide and open up the melody, I’m trailblazing open, back-roads with windows wide open and breathing in that country air. An anthemic love song, with beautiful, lyrical imagery… what girl wouldn’t want a song like this written about her? It’s why we love Country…right?!

My personal favourite, the stunning ‘TIl Tomorrow, hit County radio in April 2017 as a Top 3 Most Added song (Spotify) and dang, listen to this and tell me you can’t see why! One of my favourite tracks of last year, it had me on the edge of my seat, waiting on this EP. It is most definitely the standout track on the project. Guitar heavy, relatable lyrics and those gorgeous harmonies… tick, tick, tick on the BANGER checklist.

With a little bit more of a Country-Pop vibe, the happy-go-lucky sounding Forever is a breath of fresh air among some pretty heavy-on-the-heartstrings tracks. Still staying true to the sound that sets this duo apart, it’s catchy, light and brings old and new country together.

Best Kinda Bad closes the project. It’s not a love song, it’s a sassy ode to a badass chick that a guy can’t get off of his mind… I love it. Heavier guitar, with a pop-rock sound, but still brought back to those country roots, with the southern accented harmonies this project will make you fall in love with. The perfect end to an EP that is going to be the start of a MASSIVE career for the Walker McGuire boys, in my opinion.

The Walker McGuire project is just fabulous. If you haven’t heard it, go download it… right now! Big things are ahead for these two. Can we please have a full-length album guys, like stat?!

Katie Hutchinson