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Press Quotes about Tommy


McCoy is not only one of the best blues guitarists in Florida, but across the country.
Bob "the Soulman" Sheir, WMNF 88.5

Contributing to this fine effort are Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble rhythm section, Tony Coleman of B. B. King Blues Band and Charlie DeChant, long-time saxman for Hall and Oates. Tommy's original song writing and his stunning guitar work make this a world-class recording deserving of worldwide recognition.
Bob Greenlee, King Snake Records

McCoy's songwriting and guitar finese' on his 3rd CD show the maturity of his riffing. Combined with the genius of Lucky Peterson on the B3 organ, this is notably one of the finest blues guitar and B3 recordings of its genre.
Boscoe Tweede, Fanfare, Orlando

. . . I found Tommy to be a fine guitarist with a nice, clean playing style and good confidence and execution. At his best, McCoy's playing has a simple elegance. I especially liked "It's These Blues".
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records

Blues guitarist McCoy may be one of the area's most profound players working . . . McCoy proves to be a master of all trades and licks. McCoy's playing and songwriting throughout is superb, frankly. This is a top shelf blues album.
Focus Entertainment Magazine

McCoy's guitar work is playful and feisty. His singing, too, can be gentle or gruff, providing each woe-filled tune with grit...disc is bursting with dirty, dirgey blues...will get you back on your feet.
Gina Vivinetto, St Petersburg Times

Deff jazz-informed archtop pirouettes alternate with hot 'n' spicy Texas-style Fender-bending on Florida's blues guitar-guru Tommy McCoy's solo debut. McCoy's sliding octaves and tastier-than-thou bends, all delivered in a tone best described as "succulent", but the attack and attitude is pure down-home greasy.
Mark Warren, FOCUS Magazine

McCoy has electrified Florida for years, first with the Screaming Bluejays in Orlando, then with the Telephone Kings in St. Petersburg, who released a CD in 1993 that included 3 former members of the Gregg Allman band. McCoy knew Stevie Ray Vaughan and scored a major coup recording portions of his new debut solo album with Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton, who play on six of McCoy's songs.
Michael Dunn, Tampa Tribune

With Tommy McCoy smoking the guitar strings and Lucky Peterson whipping the keys, without a doubt, this effort rates as a must-have...
Monte Adkison

Tommy, Keep on playin' for what you know is feelin' right

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Autographed on a

Hendrix postcard 1982


Having 'laid his demons down' bluesman Tommy McCoy is letting nothing stop him now. While still reaping success in the States and in Europe of his latest acclaimed effort, Lay My Demons Down (Green Swamp Records) with Lucky Petterson, McCoy is indeed hitting the ground running and showing no signs of slowing down.

The Blues Stalker, Suncoast Blues Society,

Tampa, Florida


It's great to hear a new voice in the blues. Southern blues rock at its best, done with traditional integrity and contemporary originality
Thomas Cullen III

Here's a winner from the King Snake Records studio...Tommy McCoy makes all the right moves...McCoy's electric guitar is terse and toneful, his songwriting is excellent, and the disc's few covers are intelligent choices...
Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue magazine