Hailing from Roswell, New Mexico guitarist John McKinley has made a great impact in his adopted homeland of Canada with his critically acclaimed debut album Window On The World. Featuring McKinley's exceptional song writing and guitar playing, combined with the deep soul of McKinley’s Mexican roots, Window On The World is a musical palette that serves up guitar-driven blues-rock paired with classic sing-a-long melodies. Since its release Window On The World has garnered positive reviews from journalists and music critics, as well as airplay from around the world and several positions on the !earshot campus and community radio charts.
Here's what some of the reviewers had to say about John McKinley's Window On The World:
"Take the music of Freddie King, Johnny Winter and ZZ Top, put all that Texas blues into a Frank Zappa blender but sprinkle in some Tex-Mex powder to the frothy liquid substance and then drink it on down... Dude writes songs aimed like a sucker-punch to the solar plexus and just when you catch your breath, boom, you’re hit with a right cross to the chin." - Goldmine Magazine
“… McKinley is a monster player, and each song has him playing some pretty awesome stuff. So you get everything from straight-forward solos to explosive pyrotechnics. He's not afraid to go nuts on occasion, and likes to drop a quirky line in even when the song is pretty regular… It’s blues-rock, heavy on the rock, especially good for guitar fans. What really sells it though is that he sings 'em well too, so these never feel like vehicles for the guitar playing, he's giving us the whole package.” - Top 100 Canadian Singles
“Pure, uncut shredarooney, this Texas electric Texas blues guitar blaster knows how to give the audience all the right moves at al the right times. Roadhouse boogie like they don’t make any more, this is for all you boogie fans no matter where you are.” - Midwest Record
"Ontario guitarslinger John McKinley pairs his abundant fretboard dazzle with his and his son, bassist Darius’, equally agile songwriting skills. From the sophisticated verbal antics of “Once A Ponce A Time”- reminiscent of Jack Bruce’s and Pete Brown’s Cream-era concoctions- to the menace generated by the narrator of “Welfare Mama” to the sly, offhand irony of “Life’s A Bitch”, this set delivers song style above and beyond typical power trio fare. Instrumentally, McKinley matches lightning licks with the sort of sonic liberties Jeff Beck’s so fond of. Standing out in this category are “Dirty Nails”, “Stratitude” and the predominantly acoustic closer, “Ontarian Song”. - Roots Music Report