The cover for White Owl Red’s country single, ‘I Walk the Line For You.’

Artist: White Owl Red; J. Josef McManus: singer-songwriter

Single: ‘I Walk the Line For You’

Observing the powerful effects that a chance encounter has on the trajectory of people’s lives can be a compellingly persuasive experience for anyone who witnesses the chance meeting. Accomplished singer-songwriter, J. Josef McManus, who performs under the moniker White Owl Red, is the perfect example of a brilliant storyteller who chronicles the need to embrace the enduring outcome of an instantly loving connection, no matter what conflicts arise along the way. The musician highlights the importance of that need in his latest single, the passionately doting country song, ‘I Walk the Line For You,’ which is set to be unveiled today on all digital platforms. The track will appear on his upcoming fourth album, ‘Afterglow,’ which is set to be released on February 26.

The two-step-driven nature of ‘I Walk the Line For You’ offers the perfect driving force behind the legendary relationship of Johnny Cash and June Carter. The connection between the two singers arose following Cash’s first marriage to Vivian Liberto, who he pledged to remain faithful to in his tune, ‘I Walk the Line,’ his first number one hit on the Billboard charts. Throughout his new single, McManus used those romantic relationships to reflect on the challenges that arose as a result of the late Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter’s life choices.

McManus stunningly wasn’t afraid to chronicle the personal demons that Cash encountered throughout his life, including remaining faithful in his marriages, and making true love last. Backed by a stunningly sentimental country twinge on the guitar, ‘I Walk the Line For You’ is a dynamic tribute to the country legends’ love story, as McManus emotionally crooned that Carter turned Cash’s life around. As McManus also intensely sings about how Cash did whatever he needed to do in order to protect his life with Carter, he crafted an intriguing tribute that honors the way that the couple not only influenced the country genre, but romantic love in the public eye.

McManus effortlessly crafted a remarkable preview of the allluring selection of country songs that will likely be included on his upcoming LP with the release of ‘I Walk the Line For You,’ which highlight his raw, pulsating musical sensibility. The equally intelligent and hopeful new single from ‘Afterglow’ powerfully combines McManus’ unique musical aesthetic with his deeply felt appreciation for the true romantic love that Cash and Carter had for each other, which will surely leave a lasting impact on his listeners.

For more information on White Owl Red, visit the band’s official website, as well as its Bandcamp, ReverbNation, Spotify, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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