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Rich McCulley / Press

“This album reminds me of so many good things about music. This is simply put, clean, melodic, extremely well written and performed pop music with a sharp rootsy edge. It reminds me of times when The Replacements, The Connells, The Old 97’s and The Rave-Ups ruled my world. Truth be told I haven’t heard anything this cool in quite a while…maybe since Mad Buffalo, last sprng. Rich McCulley has been around for a while, “The Grand Design” being his sixth solo effort. “The Grand Design” is by far the most impressive out of six impressive relases, showing great strides in songwriting and production. McCulley assembled the “L.A. Roots Hall of Fame” list of performers on this one, sparing few notables including Taras Prodaniuk, Greg Boaz, Steve Mugalian, DJ Bonebreak, Brian Young among others. If you aren’t sure, Google those names, they’re the real deal. McCulley is a phenomenal player in his own right and can add to his credits, a damn fine producer.”

Bill Hurley - The Alternate Root

“ Over the years, I’ve reviewed a couple of Rich McCulley’s albums here at the Power of Pop, simply because McCulley manages to get one main thing right – he writes great country-pop melodies. In this respect, latest LP – Starting All Over Again – may be McCulley’s best collection of songs yet. McCulley doesn’t stray too far from the formula, but it’s one that totally works. Fans of Gram Parsons, Teenage Fanclub, Big Star, Wilco, Blue Rodeo, BMX Bandits and the Jayhawks et al will have absolutely no problems with enjoying this well-crafted album. And neither will you.”

“ I know LA power-pop/roots guy McCulley has been around for quite some time (also in a band called The Mains) so I’m not sure what # solo record this is but who cares, it’s a strong record. The guy has a knack for the right hook at the right time and knows his way around a pop song. But while musically it might sound like uplifting stuff , lyrically the record is dark (the record is in memory of both Amy Farris and Duane Jarvis, 2 L.A. roots musicians who both died in 2009, both of whom McCulley worked with, Farris played on this record). First tune, “Tell Me, I’m Listening” is pure hooky pop as is the excellent “The Last Song.” On the sad “Who’ll Hang the Moon” , his tribute to Jarvis , McCulley shows a more soulful side and on “Nowhere” the guitars are crunchier. With such a stellar lineup of songs on this one I now need to check into McCulley’s back catalog.”

“ The title of Rich McCulley’s new album couldn’t be more apt. Coming in the wake of the death of two bandmates (his former girlfriend Amy Farris and close friend Duane Jarvis) McCulley’s fifth effort finds the singer/songwriter truly beginning from scratch. With a heart full of grief, McCulley retreated to his Echo Park studio and produced the best record of his career. Filled with jangling roots rockers (“Dreams Tonight,” “The Last Song”), moving ballads (“Not The One”) and a heartfelt ode to Jarvis (“Who’ll Hang The Moon (Song For DJ)”) McCulley is a man who sounds to be at the height of his creative powers. Witness him digging in and flexing his muscle on “Nowhere” and “Falling Apart” or demonstrating his melodic prowess on “Waiting On The Sun” which sounds like Full Moon Fever-era Tom Petty. Although this is an eleven-song set that’s beset with a palpable sense of melancholy, McCulley’s songs are so strong, they rise above the grief that info”

“ The death of two friends have put this alt-rocker in a country mood. Melancholy and hope mix to create a record that inspires and makes the listener sign in contemplation. McCulley’s playing on various instruments holds it all togther. -JH”

Vintage Guitar Magazine