Full of passion and heart
— Melissa Webster The Huffington Post
McPherson doesn’t even attempt to impress with complicated arrangements. Instead, he plays simple chords and treats each note as if it heralds the coming apocalypse. The same goes for his singing, which cuts to the bone with each blood-curdling howl. His uncomplicated lyrics hit like blunt force trauma, serving up equal parts cleverness and pathos.
— Andy Kaufman, Music Connection Magazine
If all else fails, at least he’ll have a following of aging punk-rockers
— Ken Casey, the Dropkick Murphy's
There’s no shame in baring your soul for the pleasant old
folkees who haunt open mic nights at your favorite independent coffee shop. So, no offense to singer/songwriters who present their folk in that genre’s traditional contexts — but, should the opportunity arise, those people should all try playing a club packed with tattooed toughs who’ve just been prompted, by an Agnostic Front side project, to jubilantly punch each other in the face for 40 minutes. The first time he knocked my socks off, Bryan McPherson contended with precisely these conditions
— Barry Thompson, The Boston Phoenix
both moving and harsh in it’s reality. With compelling lyrics that cut to the bone confronting societal and personal prejudices McPherson offers a glimpse of hope, and the belief that we can rise above it all.
— Our Vinyl
This sure as hell isn’t easy listening music. I couldn’t be more excited
— Ali Donahue, Dispatch
Bryan McPherson sure as shit ain’t fucking around on his new album American Boy / American Girl.
— Blake Maddux, The Weekly Dig
Playing political folk music is obviously reminiscent of icons like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, but what distinguishes McPherson from these songwriters is how emotion-centric his music is. His words aren’t just cerebral ponderings about the state of the government. It is one man belting — at the top of his lungs — his honest, emotional impressions of the world
— Aaron Carnes, San Francisco Bay Guardian
Maybe this isn’t the type of disc to throw on at a party, as it might force people to stop partying and start listening
— Mike Loce, The Noise
Bryan McPherson paints his artist class reality with a
detailed honesty usually found in literature. McPherson’s
live performances are even more intense than the tracks
found on his new CD
— The Boston Herald
One of the most passionate performers I have ever seen, Bryan McPherson’s fierce vocal growls and hammering guitar strums fit accordingly with his intense lyrics that will resonate with you and cause you to begin to question your ideas of any social, political, and personal lifestyles
— Mutiny on The Microphone