Friday, October 31, 2008

Pat McGee

Pat McGee is one of the most successful touring artists nationwide, bringing
original melodic rock, trademark rich harmonies, heartfelt lyrics, strong
musicianship and energy to shows that are flat-out fun. Over the last 13
years, he has typically performed around 250 shows a year – selling out many
top venues and building a strong nationwide fan base. Pat has been on the
bill with major artists, such as Allman Brothers Band, The Who, Fleetwood
, Jimmy Buffett, Counting Crows, Blues Traveler, and James Taylor.
Pat McGee has produced seven albums, three independently, one with
Giant/Warner Brothers, one with Warner Brothers, a CD/DVD with Kirtland
Records and now, the latest independent release “These Days (The Virginia
Sessions).” His independent albums include “From The Wood,” “Revel,”
General Admission” (live) and their most recent album “These Days (The
Virginia Sessions).” Pat is currently in the writing phase for the next
album, including some co-writing opportunities he has taken part in recently
with Emerson Hart (ex Tonic), Stephen Kellogg and Ryan Newell (Sister
. Fans can expect a new album soon featuring this work.

While in college, Pat produced his solo debut album “From The Wood.” After
graduating, he formed his band in 1995, which played often in the Richmond
and DC-areas and up and down the East coast before becoming a national
headline band playing shows at the premier 1000-2000 seat venues in the U.S.
and Canada. Early on, he allowed fans to tape live shows and encouraged
them to trade those recordings. A fan-sponsored group “Identities,” named
after one of Pat’s first songs, helped spread the music far and wide in the
early years. Many of those original Identities remain his most loyal fans.

Pat McGee is a seven-time veteran of the popular Rock Boat cruises, and also
appeared on Cayamo Concert Cruise, an entertainment cruise featuring some of
the top singer-songwriters in the business. Pat McGee performed on NBC’s
Last Call with Carson Daly” and has been seen on many ESPN events. He has
performed the National Anthem at many major league sports event, including a
Washington Redskins game, which for Pat, a long-time Redskins fan, was one
of the highlights of his career. He has also performed for PGA golfer, John
Daly’s charity events.

Pat suffered a tragic loss in Fall 2006 when drummer Chris Williams died
suddenly and unexpectedly of heart failure at the age of 38. Williams had
been the Pat’s drummer from the beginning days of Pat McGee. The loss of
Chris lit a fire underneath Pat to continue on in full force.

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