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Welcome to California Country, where country and bluegrass meet folk and rock, from the beaches to the golden hills, and out on the open highway from the redwoods to the high sierra!

JohnMcG.com chronicles the musical endeavors of John McGaraghan—San Francisco Bay Area based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. John's music is born and bred in the backroads and byways of the California countryside, and it oozes with California's scenic beauty, rich history, open roads, and diverse population. It would be easy to simply call it country, folk, pop, rock, or bluegrass and move on, but none of those labels would capture the real essence of the music. Pure and simple, it's California Country!

Use the links above to explore the site to learn more about John's Music, his history as a performer, and his current schedule of events. To the right, you'll find links to featured songs, the most popular lyric sheets, and hot news. Take some time to soak in what's here, and come back often for the latest -- there's something for everyone.

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John McGaraghan is a singer and songwriter born, raised, and currently residing in California's San Francisco Bay Area. He plays a unique blend of Country, Folk, Bluegrass and Rock music, writing his own original songs as well as performing the work of other legends such as Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Merle Haggard, Gram Parsons, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, Paul Simon, Greg Brown, Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, Lowell George (Little Feat), Van Morrison, the Grateful Dead and many others. John's instrumental talents include acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel, dobro, mandolin, piano, saxophone, and more. He has played with a wide variety of bands, both as a front man (Unbroken Chain, Oversoul, King Harvest), and a side man (Redwood Project, Hot Buttered Rum, The Skinny, Pure Noodle), and along the way has shared the stage with such names as Lucinda Williams, Fishbone, Elvin Bishop, Train, Merl Saunders, eastmountainsouth, 311, The Untouchables, Zero, The Greyboy Allstars, Stroke 9, Hot Buttered Rum, Poor Man's Whiskey Ekhoositk Hookah, Pete and Alejandro Escovedo, Jambay, Calobo, Bill Magee, The B-Side Players, and Clyde's Ride.