RockTimes Magazine Review, Frankfurt, Germany

With all due respect, the first song reminds me strongly of Gordon Lightfoot, in expression, it is also to be noted that a strong celtic touch is integrated. So we are dealing with a typical singer songwriter album which also taps ingredients from the fields of country and bluegrass. The overall impression is arrested in an extremely harmonious and gentle and narrative style. Rob McHale lives in North Carolina and tells stories that take you on a journey through the United States and through various life situations and reminds me in this regard several times to what Allen Frank has to say, stories about the every day life level, with all it’s ups and downs, located in closer and further circle.
In addition to the, to me,a clear expression of Lightfoot, I hear occasionally the peace and serenity of the music of JJ Cale. And if I try very much the grey cells, to have noticed two almost certainly long forgotten( or even unknown ) musicians of this genre, namely John Coster, ( after the album “ Old Stones, Broken Bones” look out ! ) and Bat McGrath ( “Whatever Happened To Jousting “), which at that time were delivering some plates which were of about the same caliber.
On the fourth song, “The Castlebar Races”, an Irish story is told (“Six thousand men they are coming, from across the cold Irish Sea”) and supported with a celtic flute sound. Otherwise is the use of the dobro and fiddle that mediate both authentic feel, and in the title song the pedal steel is used and then a particularly homey atmosphere in the unit is produced with the harmonica.
The artist has several high prices as a songwriter and he has been referred to him as “ a socially conscious writer with intelligent lyrics”
Reference to the accompanying text I can only confirm this statement, and together with this irristibly harmonious music this disc is certainly one of the highlights of this genre in the ongoing year 2014.
After this warm sounding atmophere can the listener/take the listener on a pleasant and melodious way that makes the solar plexus flow very warm. So you can drop yourself toasty and cottony, in this environment of beauty and clarity.

Wolfgang Giese
Rocktimes
Frankfurt, Germany

Rootstime Magazine Belgium/Netherlands – Fields CD review summary

“Rob McHale’s newest record ‘Fields’ is composed of relaxing songs that are meant to make you feel good. The stories which are told in the ten tracks are socially inspired and some are based on historical events. They aim to make the listeners think carefully about todays’ world and how they can contribute to the achievement of a better society.”
– www.rootstime.be

 

working on converting the full review to English

Keys and Chords Magazine

From his home in North Carolina Rob McHale observes the American society. Intelligent observations that bring you to secluded spots along dusty fields, roads, or in towns. Stories that take you to the battlefields of the Civil War lead in songs like ‘Surrounded Again (General Custer), “in which the author directly addresses the legendary warrior. “Irons and Chains” tells the terrible fate of the Afro-African slaves in the nineteenth century, in the chorus Dred Scott listed as born slaves tried this man through civil lawsuits in vain from that hopeless situation to escape.
‘The Castlebar Races’ is also a story about the desire for freedom, but situated in Ireland . ‘Fast Movin Train’ is also about to escape, leaving a familiar environment or consider. “Have you ever run away on a fast movin ‘train with nothin’ in your pocket but your name.” “Back Home”, with a cozy campfire harmonica in the background is again a melancholy ode to the security of a warm home, as well as the tender piano ballad “Mother’s Love” and the beautiful title song.
Poetic musings wrapped in folk tinged acoustic tunes. Mc Hale’s soft humming tenor and fine guitar playing is supported by the harmonica brother Pat and sporadic electric strings and slide-game of his guitarist Mike Alicke. The trio is completed for the occasion with a rhythm section and piano. Also fiddle, whistle and beautiful vocals alternately Marie Reid and Valorie Miller flank McHale’s vocals and occasionally we hear Debrissa McKinney and Marie Calabro in the background. ‘Fire and the Guns’ recalls something from the early years of Gordon Lightfoot and should be seen primarily as a sincere compliment for this excellent story teller.

Cis Van Looy
Keys and Chords Magazine
Belgium

CTL ALT COUNTRY Magazine

[Rob McHale] has released an excellent record again, jam packed with songs with one eye on what is and what is to come, and other to what is already over. Particularly warm blooded songs delivered with an equally hot blooded voice. Clearly right from the heart “Back Home”, it already excellent, only counting longitudinally Ireland beconing “The Castlebar Races”, the delicate “Mother’s Love” and the title track “Fields “, each very fine Folk/Americana. It’s difficult not to love….

CTL ALT Country
Belgium

Artist of the Week

Rob was awarded ‘ Artist of the Week ‘ September 7, 2014 by Tiger 106.4 FM – Skagan, Denmark

Castlebar, Ireland

The Town of Castlebar, Ireland  posted a link to Rob’s ” The Castlebar Races ” song on their news website !

http://www.castlebar.ie/Music_Box/Rob-McHale-Fields-The-Castlebar-Races.shtml

 

Recent Press for “Fields” from Swedish based blog Hemifran

Recent press for “Fields” from Sweden based Hemifran sandwiched between Stevie Nicks and Crosby, Floyd and Nash

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“Rob McHale is a North Carolina-based folk-americana artist whose songs can take you through a small town, down a dirt road or on an historical journey – and bring you back home again.

A two-time nominee for folk artist of the year in the Charlotte Music Awards and a finalist in Dallas Songwriters Association competitions, McHale also has received honorable mention in songwriting contests run by American Songwriter Magazine and Billboard. He’s been described as “a socially conscious writer with intelligent lyrics”, while somebody else “I hear shades of Neil Young, JJ Cale and many of the best writers of our generation”.

“Fields”, McHale’s sophomore release, has a more produced yet personal feel to it. Laden with social commentary with historical overtones, Fields is about things we have lost and things we have found, a brush with history, home and family. The CD takes you through the Civil War without choosing sides. It let’s you reflect on the past through an honest and open window. Also included among its ten tracks are a brief foray into Irish history and reflective songs that focus on chances, family and the environment – with good wishes to close out the disc.

Produced by Chris Rosser in Asheville, NC, “Fields” features two-time Grammy Award-winner Eliot Wadopian on stringed bass, among other guest artists.

In addition to performing throughout North Carolina and the southeastern US, McHale hosts the Summit Coffee Songwriters Showcase in Davidson, NC, that features local, regional and touring artists. The popular monthly series enters its fifth year in June.”

 

Also featured in the Hemifran Blog thread are Jackson Browne, ABBA, Diana Krall, Johnny Winter and many others.

CD Release – ‘Fields’ Is Available Now!

Rob McHale: Fields

  1. Surrounded Again (General Custer) 3:54
  2. Back Home 4:53
  3. Irons and Chains (Dred Scott) 4:58
  4. The Castlebar Races 3:48
  5. Fast Movin’ Train 3:57
  6. Mother’s Love 4:38
  7. Fields 4:04
  8. Fire and the Guns 4:56
  9. Old Smoky 3:55
  10. Wishing Well 4:31

Fields, Rob McHale’s sophomore release, has a more produced yet personal feel to it. Laden with social commentary with historical overtones, Fields is about things we have lost and things we have found, a brush with history, home and family. The CD takes you through the Civil War without choosing sides. It let’s you reflect on the past through an honest and open window. Also included among its ten tracks are a brief foray into Irish history and reflective songs that focus on chances, family and the environment – with good wishes to close out the disc.

Produced by Chris Rosser in Asheville, NC, Fields features two-time Grammy Award-winner Eliot Wadopian on stringed bass, among other guest artists.

Rob_McHale_1-sheet_Edited_NOV3″> Download PDF Press Release

Review – Company Town – Victory Music Magazine

Christopher Anderson – Victory Music – Seattle, Washington (Dec 13, 2011)

Rob McHale: Company Town
Rob McHale: Company TownSinger/Songwriter
Rob McHale: Company Town

2010. Wooden Door Records.

www.robmchale.com

The opening track “Company Town” tells the story of this project. The song offers crisp clear guitars and lyrics that get the mind to consider something besides the circumstance most of our lives are locked into allowing us to focus on other peoples conditions and lives. Read more ›