Born and raised in Northern California,
John's musical roots include classical training in piano and saxophone, informal
training in jam-based rock gleaned from years of following experimental psychedelic rock
acts such as the Grateful Dead, Phish, Zero and Jambay, and 15 years of
songwriting and solo performing in
the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego.
During a 7 year stint in San Diego, John co-founded the area's premier jam-rock
band Oversoul, playing an eclectic mix of psychedelic rock, country, folk,
and bluegrass. Over the years, John's arsenal of instrumental abilities has grown
to include lap steel guitar, dobro, mandolin, banjo, and even a touch of fiddle.
Through the years, John's diverse experience and abilities have led him to share
stages with acts like Lucinda Williams, Fishbone, Ben Harper, Merl Saunders, Zero, 311, the Greyboy
Allstars, and more. John brings his expertise on guitar and steel guitar as well as
a smooth high tenor and over a decade's worth of original material to King Harvest.
John is also the webmaster for this site, so feel free to keep your nasty comments
to yourselves and email all your praise and adoration to
John@JohnMcG.com. I promise fame. no fortune.