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A guitar is all Terry McCauley needs

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Carly Weber  ::   UPDATED: 21 January 2014 | 2:48 pm   ::  

A heavy dose of ‘60s and ‘70s pop and rock ballads is what you would expect to hear at a Terry McCauley show.

His voice and acoustic guitar cover tunes from the likes of America, Bee Gees, John Denver, Neil Diamond, Herman’s Hermits, REO Speedwagon, ELO, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot and Harry Chapin. While his guitar is usually all he needs, McCauley occasionally turns into a tambourine man or asks for help from the audience. The one-man show also turns into a group act with guest singers and musicians.

McCauley’s repertoire is impressive. He brings well over 250 songs to a show and recently performed nine straight three and a half-hour shows, without repeating a song.

Performing throughout Eastern Iowa for more than 15 years, McCauley has been a mainstay at the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival the past 12 years and the Lisbon Sauerkraut Days the past nine.

Originally from Dubuque, McCauley always felt he started his music career late.

“My first guitar was at age 18,” says McCauley. “It was a graduation gift from my parents.”

He soon began mimicking his favorite groups, with the Bee Gees being top of the list. Party tunes and love ballads followed shortly thereafter, and that continues to be his passion to this day.

McCauley’s loyal fan base continues to grow, and some have been with him since the early beginnings. An artist who appreciates his fans, McCauley always sends out a follow-up email thanking his fans for their support the night before.

“There hasn’t been one show in the past six years where I haven’t sent a ‘thank you’ email the very next day thanking them for coming out and basically recapping the evening before. Since I seldom take any breaks, that always bothered me that I couldn’t talk with them a little bit at my show. But the fans seem to like the ... emails too!”

— Pete Looney

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