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Singer-Songwriter Brian Mackey Hits #1 on ReverbNation and #2 on The Deli NY, as New CD Earns Comparisons to Nick Drake, Lindsey Buckingham, R.E.M. and more. NYC Concert is Confirmed for 2/6/15
(Published: December 09, 2014)

"The Lonesome Brilliance of Nick Drake"

"...From the George Harrison-inspired electric solo to a free-form tremolo straight out of Lindsey Buckingham. That sharp-edged acoustic riff offers whiffs of early R.E.M.'s punky danger..."

Singer-Songwriter Brian Mackey Hits #1 on ReverbNation and #2 on The Deli NY, as New CD Earns Early Buzz

Holiday Concert Set for 12/21 via Stageit; NYC Show Confirmed for 2/6/15

Singer-songwriter Brian Mackey's new CD ‘Broken Heartstrings' has earned early comparisons to Nick Drake, Lou Reed, R.E.M., Lindsey Buckingham and more. Two years in the making, the smart, aggressive collection has also resonated with fans, pushing Mackey to #1 on ReverbNation's Indie Pop Singer-Songwriter Chart and to #2 on The Deli Magazine's Emerging Artists Folk Chart. Mackey will soon be featured in a No Depression three-part series on ‘The Best Concerts I've Ever Seen,' and CD reviews continue to build for the recent November release.

SomethingElseReviews -
One Track Mind - Song Review
By Nick DeRiso 11/18/14

"Captain of the Moon" opens Broken Heartstrings with a conversational insouciance, as if Lou Reed was parked at the next barstool, before Brian Mackey ramps up into a soaring rumination. Trusted musical touchstones stop by for a quick drink, along the way, from the George Harrison-inspired electric solo to a free-form tremolo straight out of Lindsey Buckingham. That sharp-edged acoustic riff offers whiffs of early R.E.M.'s punky danger, even as Mackey's confidential approach with the lyric traces back to the lonesome brilliance of Nick Drake.

Mackey spent some two years working on his just-released full-length debut Broken Heartstrings, and you hear every moment of care in songs like the tour-de-force "Captain of the Moon." In fact, this cut might not have even made the final track listing, if not for the lengthy gestation period of Mackey's new album. He'd written "Captain of the Moon" years ago, and only returned to it during an idle moment in the studio.

"I was told it should be recorded, and I took that into strong consideration," the New York singer-songwriter says. More particularly, Brian Mackey found himself suddenly lost again in this tune's sweeping complexities. "I couldn't get it out of my head," Mackey adds, "so I had to include it."

As it unfolds, "Captain of the Moon" telegraphs a need to escape, and that sense of restless heartbreak opens the door for a studio effort that delves deeply into loss, but without the expected sense of whiskey-soaked self-pity. Instead, Broken Heartstrings - across moments like the country-rock travelogue of "America" and the bracing, Billy Joel-esque push back of "Philadelphia" - finds the determination to seek out the first glimmers of morning after a very long night.

You imagine all of these influences surrounding Brian Mackey in a rusted-out old muscle car, even as the empty neon promises of that old saloon flicker in the rearview. The captain of the moon' He was last seen with a steel-toed boot pressing hard on the accelerator.

Aquarian Weekly
By Tim Louie, 12/3/14

My old bud Brian Mackey recently released his latest opus right before the holiday season. It's called Broken Heartstrings, and it took two years to create due to Brian's personal losses and private experiences, which help fuel the songs on Broken Heartstrings. The CD has compared his songwriting and vocals to legends like Bob Dylan and Lou Reed on songs like "America" and "Captain Of The Moon," but then songs like "Desire" have been compared to the likes of R.E.M. Broken Heartstrings is available now on iTunes and wherever CDs are sold. For more info on Brian Mackey, visit brianmackeymusic.com.

Mid Tenn Music listens to, reviews ‘The Day':
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Upcoming appearances/key dates include:

January 12th - Impact date for the ‘Broken Heartstrings' Non-Comm and Americana Radio campaign - US and Canada Servicing

Online Stageit Concert - December 21st - 6pm ET - Holiday Show

Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg PA, (Feb 19th - 22nd) Time is TBD - Brian will be on the Reverberation Stage as a featured artist.

The Bitter End, NYC - February 6th - CD Release Event for NYC

In other news, a bit of Brian Mackey fun here - long-known for an impressive array of commercial placements worldwide, Brian's song ‘Honest Love' is currently featured in a hilarious butter commercial on TV in Denmark! Watch it here:

CMT EDGE Exclusively Premiered the video for ‘America':

If you're going to make a video for a song called "America," you should go right to the source. That's the concept behind Brian Mackey 's newest music video. The footage stretches from Seattle to Seaside, New Jersey, with a few nice shots in Nashville to boot.
Over six days, Mackey and director Nick Cavalier captured the feeling of an awesome road trip with perhaps just a few potholes. Luckily, his blend of pop, country and folk music doesn't get lost along the way. Most of the footage is filmed from the viewpoint of his trusty (if not rusty) 1997 Toyota.
"Certain things were planned, and certain things we got just by being in the right place at the right time, like the horses and the guy on the yellow motorcycle with the flags," Mackey tells CMT Edge. "Part of the thrill was not knowing what we might find. We wanted it to have that ‘you're-seeing-it-for-the-first-time-with-us' look, and I hope that we accomplished that."
The impassioned track can be heard on the New York songwriter's first full-length album, Broken Heartstrings. Produced by Sam Ashworth, the set was recorded in Nashville and arrives on Nov. 10. Take a look at "America," then read the CMT Edge Q&A below the video.

‘Broken Heartstrings' is filled with stylistic twists and turns. Whereas the focus track, ‘America', suggests a country-rock travelogue, ‘Captain of the Moon' shifts to a seriously cool Bob Dylan/Lou Reed vibe; then ‘Desire' surprises with its killer electric guitars - evoking an indie rock, almost AAA, R.E.M. landscape. ‘Rich Hearts Lullaby' has a cinematic, John Ford weight to it, and ‘Medication' conveys real dramatic tension...Mackey's wit comes home on ‘Ohio' and ‘Philadelphia'...via ‘Ohio's' wildly unexpected sonic shift a minute or so into it, and ‘Philadelphia's' Beatles-esque opening, followed by a rant...a clever juxtaposition by the singer-songwriter. He closes the album with the lush ‘Are You Listening'.

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