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You want a variety of music you've got it in Terry McCauley of Marion. McCauley has performed throughout the area on a regular basis for over 12 years ranging from bars & clubs to weddings, receptions, town-wide events and is a mainstay at the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival for the past 10 years. He prides himself in keeping great songs 'alive' that you no longer hear on the radio. A product of the '70s, you'll enjoy many of that decades' top 40 songs with McCauley, along with some '60s, a few '50s and some hits from the '80s & '90s. Though he's dabbled with a jazz guitar from time to time McCauley is mostly acoustic with the likes of America, the Bee Gees, John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Harry Chapin, Herman's Hermits, Neil Young as his main influences. His shows are consistently uplifting and fun! A lot of 'party' music can be heard throughout the particular venue with tambourines and shakers in the airwaves. Though not your quintessential coffeehouse material, McCauley seems to make it work regardless. Guest singers and fellow musicians also can be found at his shows periodically, so group participation is usually the norm.

Born and raised in Dubuque, McCauley first picked up the guitar at the age of 18 ("it was my high school graduation gift from my parents") and began mimicking his favorite groups. Soon song after song began to appear in his repertoire. Though many have been used and abused throughout the years, on any given night McCauley brings to the table a songlist consisting of 250 tunes, mostly hits that everyone knows and sings along with but also some obscure songs that inspire as well.

"I really enjoy it when someone requests an obscure tune instead of the usual #1's that I do. That makes me feel good because the obscure ones take the same amount of time in learning as the top 40 songs do, and it tells me that I have ANOTHER fan of that particular song."

Though he sometimes dresses 'country', he is by far NOT country at all. "I'm a city boy. I'll do an occasional country song but it's not my passion. Never has been. I prefer 'pop' music over anything, and some say I'm stuck in the '70s, but that's ok with me. That was a GREAT decade of music, and a great decade in general. I miss it. A lot of fun music came out of that decade, and I think you'll be hard pressed to find any solo performer doing KC & the Sunshine Band songs on acoustic, but they are also included on my songlist!"

If you're looking for something different with energy, Terry McCauley will be looking for your smile in the audience.


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