Bio’s are, well, boring and who’s got time to read boastful facts about a musician.
So, here’s the scoop on Pat McGee…
Cart Before The Horse. Always.
October of 1994 McGee, books a studio to record his debut album. One, small concern, he wasn’t written a single original song, ever. “I’ll figure it out” has always been his mentality. Pat’s first two songs he penned that fall in the mid-nineties are, still to this day, the crowd favorites, “Rebecca” & “Haven’t Seen For A While”.
Honest, from the heart songwriting with musical influences deeply rooted in classic rock is prevalent throughout his entire 10, soon to be 11 album catalog. His first obsessions were the guitar driven styles of Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers Band & Grateful Dead paired with the Laurel Canyon singer-songwriters scene such as Jackson Browne and James Taylor.
McGee spent his early years, touring colleges throughout the Mid-Atlantic & Southeast. He had long envisioned forming a band that could carry out his ideal lineup. It was all about the songs, but backed by three part harmonies, acoustic and electric guitars, percussion along with drum set and of course melodic bass and keyboards—-all the elements that made those classic albums come alive on wax and stage.
Pat McGee Band finally formed in 1996 and immediately hit the road, touring relentlessly for the better part of 10 years, in one stretch doing 98 shows in 103 days. The band signed to Warner Brothers in 1999 after their rabid fanbase devoured over 100,000 copies of their first 3 Independent releases. Along the way, McGee fulfilled lifelong dreams of touring with the bands he grew up worshipping…Allmans, James Taylor, The Who and many more. PMB was invited to perform for President Clinton, toured overseas with USO as well as recently to The Middle East and Africa. This allowed McGee and his band the opportunity to land on The USS Eisenhower to play for 5,000 brave men and women serving on the Arabian Sea–an experience that was a highlight of his career.
In October of 2006, PMB was crushed with the untimely death of founding member, drummer Chris Williams. He was the backbone of the band and an integral part of the signature sound of the group, both live and in the studio.
McGee has assembled various star-studded ensembles over the years and continues to reunite with the original band from time to time.
His career is thriving. In 2015 he released a self titled album, that started off as just another record, but ended up being a dream project. McGee assembled musical legends to join him in the studio: Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel, Danny Kortchmar, and Jeff Pevar (nicknamed “The Section”). Other notable musicians such as Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, Blues Traveler’s John Popper, Train’s Pat Monahan, Punchbrother’s Gabe Witcher as well as Pat McGee’s own band contributed to the album’s sound.
2019 will bring touring of the entire US, a recording session for his next album and continued growth of McGee’s homegrown music festival’s Ocean State Of Mind & Down The Hatch.