HOLLA & MOAN (2019)
The McNaMarr Project
‘Speaking of dancin’, groovin’, movin’ and shakin’ your tailfeather, ain’t no better thang I’ve heard out there in a long time than the The McNaMarr Project.
When I was a kid I had records by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, Tina Turner, Staples singers..I haven’t heard a blues duet like that since then.
Thank you Johnny and Andrea for bringing back that spirit and creating your own thang with it’.
Eric Martin Mr Big Lead Singer
“McNaMarr Project" The Sound Of Soulful Blues”2018 Blues Performer Of The Year (Solo/Duo)Multi-award winning blues artists John McNamara and Andrea Marr have both carved a niche for themselves on the international blues scene with many years and accolades to their names. They started working together in May 2018 after their respective albums 'Rolling With It' and 'Natural' both had chart success both in Australia and in the US, John's album hitting #1 on the US RMR Contemporary Blues Singles Charts and Andrea's album hitting #1 on the US Soul airplay charts as well as #1 on the R&B airplay charts and #1 on The Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Charts.
Between them they garnered 7 nominations at the 2018 Australian Blues Music Awards with John winning Song Of The Year. Shortly after forming the McNaMarr Project they won the Blues Performer Of The Year Award and were sent to Memphis TN to represent Australian Blues at the International Blues Challenge - John's second time and Andrea's third time. They reached the semi finals and were signed to Memphis label SelectOHits. Their new album "Holla & Moan" was released on August 30th 2019 and entered the Australian Blues and Roots Charts at #2 receiving rave reviews in Australia, in the US and throughout Europe. Currently it is still in the top 3. Also it has been at #3 on the US Soul/Blues airplay charts and #1 on The Roots Music Report Australian Album airplay charts.
"Drenched in old school soul, this is some of the coolest duet work to come along since Stax shut"
(TheMidwestReport IL )
"Respect! Nothing But Respect"
"I can't remember the last time I heard a female/male vocal act as exciting as this"
(Billy Pinnell Stack Magazine)
"Individually they are standout performers but this project takes them both to the next level. 4 Stars"
(Rory McCartney BMA Magazine”)
A set of 10 original tunes that absolutely nail the soul and spirit of Memphis Soul..it is truly timeless”
(Bill Wilson ChickenWilsonBlog)
‘When Andrea Marr & John McNamara were encouraged to record as a duo, they discovered a match made in soul heaven.
They fuse individual range and phrasing like vocal bookends, cooking up spicy soul...you may be inspired to holla and moan
or twirl and testify, either way it’s a joyous ride, right up to the final track’.
(Chris Lambie Rhythms Magazine Australia)
‘..the results on their debut ‘Holla & Moan’ are staggering. This album would fit right into those in the heyday of Stax, evoking Otis Redding and Carla Thomas or perhaps Ike and Tina Turner, they belong in that lofty company because they did it the right way, recording at Royal studios with Boo Mitchell at the board and veteran Memphis musicians backing them’
(Jim Hynes www.makingascene.org US)
‘Two of Australia’s finest soul and blues singers Andrea Marr & John McNamara began their collaboration in 2018, winning that year’s Blues Performer Of the year Awards representing Australia at the IBC in Memphis TN, the home of Stax Records where in the 1960’s Otis Redding and Carla Thomas recorded a batch of timeless duo hits...I can’t recall the last time I heard a female/male act as exciting as this.’
(Billy Pinnell Stack Magazine Australia)
‘It’s a crackin’ album, not one bad song on it’ -
(Vince Peach ‘The Prime Minister Of Soul’ PBS FM Soultime)
Just started listening to the McNaMarr Project CD Holla & Moan and had to restart it about 12 times...hooked me right from the start!!!’
(Kevin Hardy - Project Blues Radio Show Indiana USA )
.once you listen to the McNaMarr Project’s first release Holla & Moan, you’ll be craving more from this formidable duo.
Sensational songs, exceptional harmonies, excellent productions and the band just cooks.
Get it, you won’t regret it’
(Georgina Reed Soulscope Sydney)
‘From the title track’s first notes to the final notes of ‘Blues Brought Me Here’ this recording almost sounds like a lost Stax recording session’
(http//inabluemood.blogspot.com USA )
we sing, we move our heads, we cannot remain static..the music flows like the soundtrack of a good trip..the listener
is caught in a universe at once nostalgic and comforting - a veritable tour de force!’
‘Ten original tunes that absolutely nail the sound and spirit of Memphis soul. Marr has been compared to Betty Lavette and Tina Turner and with good reason. she delivers vocals with power and soul and has a compelling stage presence. McNamara’s vocals are reminiscent of the likes of Sam & Dave or even Otis Redding.
Needless to say this is a powerful vocal pairing. This is quality work that would be every bit as well received in the late 1950’s as it is today. It is truly timeless.’
(Bill Wilson USA www.chickenwilson2.blogspot.com)
Availability: on request (booking lead time 6 weeks)
Location: Clubs, Festivals
Requirements: Hotel (Travel Party 2-9, depending on the budget),
Catering, local PA
Price: on request - Package-Prices by arrangement