John McNallyAs a young boy, John's parent's had a huge Magnavox console stereo and a Westinghouse reel to reel tape recorder. The family enjoyed big band music and FM radio broadcasts.
In 1965, John's dad gave him a Sony transistor radio that would pick up Kansas City and Chicago top 40 stations. After observing their son's love of music, John's parents bought his first guitar in 1967.
In mid 1970's, while in high school, John was invited to join an established band called The Nashville Echoes. They played a bluesy style of country music and traveled every weekend to play dance halls, roadhouses and nightclubs throughout Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
In the 1980's John formed The Dangerfield McNally Band with drummer and vocalist Don Dangerfield and bassist Pat Recob. The band played traditional electric blues throughout the Kansas City area and released two albums: "Blues from Kings" and "Extra Fine Vibe".
In 1994, the band changed their name to John McNally and the The Esquires, adding Allen Fishell on drums. The Esquires then won the '94 KC Blues Society "Best Blues Band of the Year" award. They went on to compete nationally, in Memphis, in the Blues Foundation's National Blues Talent Contest, now known as the International Blues Challenge or IBC. The Esquires played great, but The Susan Tedeschi Band emerged as the winner that year.
In 1996, John began a long association with jazz organist Ken Lovern. For the next decade John and Ken played together as The Soulcats, an organ jazz trio that played bluesy, gritty souljazz in the Blue Note Records tradition.
In 2008, John began to work occasionally with blues veteran Lee McBee in his band The Confessors. John, Pat Recob and Allen Fishell became reunited in this group, and the association with this band continues to the present day.
In 2011, John released the album "West Side Blues" under the name of The John McNally Band. This album featured Chicago style blues with special guest Stan Stuckey on bass guitar.