If you have a hankerin’ for Texas style blues-rock with a macho testosterone attitude done up by a bunch of guys from Canada, you’ve come to the right place. Milky Whites and his “Bluesmen” serve up a heapin’ helpin’ of songs ’bout women, cars and guitars, something of their own version of Z.Z. Top, complete with babes posing on the cover and inserts. Milky handles the main guitar chores with the best of blues-guitar slingers….
Greg “Bluesdog” Szalony – Blues Blast Magazine
After the album “One Direction” band has evolved in absolutely every sense. Progradation is obvious in terms of presentation: the band is completely poised, well-coordinated and safe in every aspect of presentation forms and further expressed the unquestionable originality. All in all, the album “Texas Drivin ‘Blues” with its impressive expressiveness and energy stands out from the many albums that I have had an opportunity to hear lately. All twelve songs are a real example of how to merge the best e elements of various musical styles into a powerful and expressive musical expression….
Mladen Loncar – Soundguardian.com
If you like to get in your car, start it, throw in a CD and drive while taking a “trip” musically then this is your music! Great guitar feel derived from the styles of Stevie Ray Vaughan / ZZ Top and spiced up with some sexy Blues in the likes of Eric Clapton…. songs deal with the reality of life and dying and the silliness of “getting down” to kick ass beats. This is an album of interesting varieties of music to keep you entertained as you cruise the highway.
CD Universe.com – 2016
It stands to reason that a country the size of Canada would have plenty of blues musicians. In recent years listeners have grown to appreciate the abilities of northern neighbors like Colin Linden, Paul Reddick, Steve Dawson as well as bands like the Twisters and Monkey Junk. Now Andrew McIntosh – a.k.a Milky Whites – is making a bid for some attention of his own. His impassioned, raspy vocal is the work of someone who has dealt with that reality. The opening cut. “Don’t call Yourself a Friend” is an energetic rocker that features some wicked slide guitar
licks from Whites. The instrumental title track closes things out with Rowan distinguishing himself on sax . This is a solid effort from Whites and his friends. McIntosh the songwriter isn’t afraid to venture into the darker corners of human relationships.
President of the Crossroads Blues Society – Rockford, IL
Milky Whites & The Bluesmen are proof that the blues is a worldwide thing. On, One Direction, they deliver a serious collection of rock tinged blues tunes that speak true-to-life events we can all relate to.
On “Don’t Call Yourself A Friend”, the band of Canadian bluesmen calls out those backstabbers out there who claim to be comrades but are really out to do more harm than good. I really dig this tune because it’s so ballsy and truthful. The music is pretty good and so are the lead vocals. I had a great time listening to this song.
Other pretty cool tunes by Milky Whites and the Bluesmen that I’d recommend checking out include: “Get Yer Paw Outa My Jar”, “Feelin Like A Shroom”, and “Milky Whites”.
Overall, it ain’t easy playin’ the blues well but I felt that Milky Whites & The Bluesmen are contributing to the genre’s survival in a very positive way. The songs these guys have created are some of the craftiest and honest tunes around. Now go check’em out!
I Am Entertainment Magazine
Milky Whites is a prolific Canadian Blues artist who, after working in the industry for years has released his debut Album One Direction and his single Give Me Your Love in June of 2010.
The artist describes the single as outside his normal style of music as he wanted to express his love for his wife on their wedding day. The musician performed the song outside a century old building in the countryside, within the gardens on the property during their wedding ceremony in the summer of 2009.
…The artist hopes that others could enjoy this song on their own wedding ceremony or first dance with this song. Likewise, he also believes that the track could be placed on the soundtrack for suitable film and television productions.
The song is delicate and freewheeling like something off the Eagles’ catalogue with plenty of guitar and piano elements. The lyrics are obviously personal and touching with rising harmonies and backing vocals. Milky Whites’ vocals are soft and filled with soul fueled rock that guide the song to completion. Overall, a gentle track that serves
both a personal and musical purpose.
MuzikReviews.com Senior Staff
Milky Whites and the Bluesman are everything you would expect from a rhythm and blues band. Even though they are a group, the lead singer “Milky Whites” steals the show with a raspy, bluesy voice that could only belong to a true blues singer. The songs on this album are nothing short of perfection, with their soulful lyrics, cool rhythms, and calm blues. They have a perfect combination of all of the elements necessary for a successful rhythm and blues album: heartfelt lyrics, skillful use of the guitar and drums, and the musicality to not allow one element of a song overpower the other. These artists are the real-deal! If you enjoy artists such as Ray Charles or Otis Redding, you are sure to dig the funky tunes of Milky Whites and the Bluesman.
#2- “Can’t Get By”
The guitar solo at the beginning sets the mood of perfectly for one of the first songs off the album. Milky Whites’ raspy voice and soulful lyrics introduce us not only to this group’s musical abilities, but lyrical qualities as well. The electric guitar and the bass guitar make a perfect pair on this track, complementing each other through the entirety of the song. The drums that come in once the chorus starts make this song even better, adding more rhythm and blues to the tempo. The addition of the piano at certain points throughout the song truly makes it a great musical piece. The gradual intensity of the instruments leads us to the end of the song, and then they change speed and mellow to a great ending.
#5-“Feelin’ Like a ‘Shroom”-
The track starts off in a mellow manner, in a fashion that represents the core and definition of true rhythm and blues music. The song holds a nice melody, as we once again hear Milky Whites’ soulful and heartfelt delivery of traditional blues lyrics. The arrangement is flawless.
#6-“The High-Na-Kin Maneuver”-
The introduction of the song begins with cool drumbeats, which set the tone for the entire track. The tone is upbeat, with less blues and more rhythm than the other tracks, making it the most upbeat song on the album. The use of the guitar in this song is on point, with the background vocals adding tremendously to the lead singer’s old-fashioned rhythm and blues vocal qualities.
Bryan Farrish Radio Promotions – Santa Monica, CA