Posted: Tue, September 7th, 2004 by Rob
Check out the review of "ON" in this months issue of Vintage Guitar magazine! It hits the newsstands today! (9/7) They are also going to do a story on yours truly in an upcoming issue. Stay tuned to find out more about that.
Posted: Mon, September 6th, 2004 by Autumn Phillips
"McNelley, whom McClinton gave a lot of time and space on stage, twisted his face and body as he wailed on his guitar. The object of the show truly seemed to be to introduce long time McClinton fans to rising star, McNelley."
Posted: Mon, September 6th, 2004 by Vintage Guitar Magazine - John Hiedt
I love it when this happens. Totally out of the blue comes a CD, by an artist I am unfamiliar with, and it blows my socks off.
Rob mcnelley has been kicking around Nashville for a while. He''s played with the likes of Wynnona Judd, Lee Ann Womack, and Allison Moorer. He''s currently working with Delbert McClinton. All of that might lead you to believe he leans to the country side. That would be wrong. "ON" is one of the most soulful records you''ll hear this year.
It''s obvious Rob has always had "big ears." Influences here range from the Beatles, to Sly and the Family Stone, to good old garage rock. Rob''s guitar playing is everywhere. But it''s so subtle and subversive you have to listen close to hear all the great stuff he''s doing. He''s not the kind of player who hits you over the head. Rather, he crawls up under your skin and flows to various parts of your body. And that, even though it sounds a little odd, is a good thing.
Check out the major-league funk of "Angelina." The horn-driven tune is accented by great rhythym work and big-fat fills that just sing. The james Brown-style funk of "Alrite, Alnite" lets him showcase his tight, focused playing. Suspended chords float above the wonderful "Just Like a feather" and help the chorus become one of those sticky hooks you just can''t get out of your head. The songwriting here (McNelley wrote or co-wrote everything) is incredible. Every song has a great hook. In fact some have great lyrical hooks, and great musical hooks too. And, each tune tells a nice story of some sort. Heck, one song even references the live album by Donny Hathaway. Can''t go wrong with that.
Vocally, this is almost a perfect record. Like his guitar playing, his vocals slink i and out songs, and it''s not until the song is stuck inside your head like glue that you realize how good this really is. His singing on the soul ballad "Bring it back" is a perfect mix of Sly and blue eyed soul. It sounds like an odd match, but those appear throughout the record and work great. Check out "What could be someday." The George Harrison-style slide intro leads right into a Philly soul feel, and it fits together like a tight puzzle. Pick it up at robmcnelley.com.
Posted: Thu, January 1st, 2004 by The Nashville Scene
When he's not playing guitar for the likes of Lee Ann Womack, Tinsley Ellis, or his current employer Delbert McClinton, McNelley fronts his own band, a hard-grooving blues-rock project featuring some of Nashville''s hottest players. McNelley wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on his debut album, ON, and wisely, he never lets his formiddable guitar chops overshadow his soulful voice or clutter his thoughtful arrangements. Live, McNelley & co. rock harder and are tighter than most of thier better known peers.
Posted: Sat, December 20th, 2003 by The Tennessean/Peter Cooper
ROB McNELLEY ON. Self released (available at robmcnelley.com). McNelley can be heard playing in Delbert McClinton''s band, but this solo album is every bit as danceable, enjoyable and funky as a good Delbert show. Stick it in the car''s CD player and just try not to drive way too fast.
Posted: Sat, November 1st, 2003 by Country Standard Time
...Rob McNelley simply wails on guitar!!!
Posted: Wed, May 28th, 2003 by Rob
Hey there----Just so you know---I'm currently on the road as Delbert McClinton's guitar player! Besides being able to buy the CD here on the site, it can also be purchased at Delbert's shows. For his schedule go to delbert.com. If you come out to one of his shows, please come up and say HI!
Posted: Wed, May 21st, 2003 by admin
Welcome everybody. Please take a look around and make yourself comfortable.
Posted: Tue, April 29th, 2003 by Cincinnati Enquirer - Larry Nager
...best of all was guitarist and Columbus native Rob McNelley. He is on his way to becoming the next guitar hero.
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