Athens, GA – It’s been a tough couple of years for lovers of alternative country and Americana music. First we lost Guy Clark, then John Prine followed soon after by Jerry Jeff Walker and Billy Joe Shafer. “The day I heard that John Prine had died, it was like losing a family member”, said Athens, Georgia, blues-Americana artist John McDonald, “then we got hit with the deaths of Jerry Jeff, Billy Jo and Leonard Cohen. It was then I decided I wanted to do a tribute album dedicate to all of these great American singer/songwriters who positively impacted my life and the lives of countless others”. And did he ever!! His outstanding new album “One Red Rose” is a collaborative effort with contributions from some of Athen’s (home of REM, B-52’s…) greatest musicians. John’s unique vocal talents take center stage in his interpretation of modern classics by the above and others (including Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt, Paul Siebel, and Billy Jo Armstrong). John has been recording blues and Americana music for many years.
This, John’s 4th album, will be released on May 1 and available for purchase and streaming at all of the usual sites. Those wishing to listen to more of his music or to reach out to John McDonald for an interview on their site, podcast, or radio show, make contact via the information provided below.
John McDonald has been playing/singing blues and Americana music for over 45 years. He began in his native Massachusetts playing in local coffee houses in Boston, Cambridge and Worcester. He moved to Bloomington. Indiana in 1970 to attend school and continued to play solo guitar locally, including opening for Muddy Waters at the Bloomington Blues Festival in 1974. John next moved to Davis, California to attend graduate school and started a band called “Buddy Funk” that became popular throughout northern California. John moved to Athens, GA in 2000 to pursue a “day job” as Head of the Genetics Department at the University of Georgia. Soon after arriving in Athens, John started a blues band “the unforgiven” that was popular in the Athens/Atlanta GA area. In 2017, John returned to his musical roots playing acoustic guitar and singing blues, country & Americana music at local venues. He started a successful recording career at the Maxwell Sound Recording Studio in Athens, GA in 2019. His music can be streamed at most of the usual music outlets (e.g., Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, etc).