Musical duo MacLaren Brennan releases second CD
By John Fischer
MOUNT PLEASANT - David MacLaren and Jesse Brennan have been performing what they call acoustic CoPoRo, their blend of country, pop and rock music, together since 2005 and Saturday marks the release of their second CD "Only a Real Man."
The duo will be playing Oct. 10 in Irons Park in West Branch at 5 p.m.
"We'll be playing all of the new CD, a couple of old songs and a few covers," he said. He added the cover songs would consist of Jack Johnson's "Sitting Waiting Wishing," Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues," "One Night at a Time" by George Strait and "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" by the Georgia Satellites.
The CD consists of 15 songs including "Where This Road Ends," a song about thinking about leaving town and following your musical dreams and also one of the first songs they wrote together, and "Windfall," which he said is about "being an American and being in debt." Brennan said the CD can be purchased on MySpace.com and CDBaby.com and will also be available Saturday.
"It's all acoustic, no drums or bass," Brennan said. He added this is also the first CD in which they've written together.
"The first CD we just took songs from our unreleased solo albums," Brennan reiterated.
According to Brennan, the two, who are both 35 years old, first met up working security at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant and after discussing musical preferences, realized they liked the same music, both played instruments and both write music.
"We both take turns singing and we both play guitar," he said. "I probably play more lead but he plays lead as well."
"We both also play drums but not in the band," Brennan added.
He said they soon started to practice together, eventually leading the two to form MacLaren Brennan and compile their first record with solo songs they created before meeting.
"We've played the Saganing Eagles Landing Casino in Standish, a lot of small Alma gigs and coffee shops and a couple of bars in Mount Pleasant," Brennan said of the venues MacLaren Brennan has performed at.
His musical influences are Jack Johnson and Sawyer Brown, while MacLaren prefers Alabama and George Strait, he said.
"The Eagles, we draw a lot of influence from them," said Brennan of the band he'd most like to tour with.
"It'd be really cool to hang out with them and learn their history," he added.
Brennan said the reason they're playing Irons Park this weekend is because he grew up in West Branch before he moved to Mount Pleasant at age 26.
"My family still lives there and I come visit two or three times a month," he said, adding MacLaren lives in St. Louis.
"We are winding down a little right now and will be booking future gigs soon but we will back in West Branch in the summer for another jam for sure," he added.
He said MacLaren Brennan's goal, as a band, is to record more CDs and hopefully get signed to a record deal.
"That's everyone's goal," he said. "But if it doesn't work out that's okay, it's just for fun."
He added their other goal is to piece together a whole band with a drummer and bass player.
To see more on MacLaren Brennan or to buy "Only a Real Man", visit www.MacLarenBrennan.com
or find them on www.facebook.com
The Ogemaw County Herald October 15, 2009