“MacNeil’s strength is in his ability to take his diverse background in
music and to make it a sound of his own which compliments his voice. As
the lyrics fade and the instrumentals pick up, you can hear this highly
developed complexity of musical sound.” – Indie In Tune Magazine
How do you make a Luke MacNeil? Start with a deep-rooted love of
all things musical. Add an eclectic background of experimentation in
various genres of music ranging from classical and blues to death metal
and hard rock. Add a pinch of spunk, a handful of lyrical exploration
and a dash of dare-to-be-different.
Stir it all together until you can’t tell one component from the rest because it is so seamlessly well blended. Pour into the center of an acoustic guitar, shake it by strumming with fingers, which were born to play, and cook with the heat of a passionate belief in the pleasure of the experience.
His most recent full-length CD, “Here’s One For Sanity“, uses a thirteen-song set to display his combination of talents. The initial feeling that you might get when listening to the CD is that he has a coffee-shop sound, as his vocals have that familiar open mic warmth to them. Certain songs could easily be played on local radio stations featuring novice folk rock artists. However, what will quickly impress itself upon you as you listen through MacNeil’s music is that the instrumental support he lends to his vocals is anything but novice.
MacNeil’s strength is in his ability to take his diverse background in music and to make it a sound of his own which compliments his voice. As the lyrics fade and the instrumentals pick up, you can hear this highly developed complexity of musical sound. But the music doesn’t drown out the vocals; for example, on his track “I Tried”, his lyrics volley back and forth with his guitar to create a song which explains itself both with and without words. His story is told this way throughout the CD, giving a complete tale which is both concrete and magical.