Pat MacDonald (musician)

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Pat MacDonald
Melaniejane and Pat MacDonald taken 2009 at Davey's Uptown in Kansas City.
Background information
Born (1952-08-06) August 6, 1952 (age 65)
Green Bay
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1984–present

Patrick Lee "Pat" MacDonald (born August 6, 1952, Green Bay, Wisconsin) is an American musician and songwriter. He is most famous as singer, guitarist, and main songwriter for Timbuk3, nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1987. He formed the duo with his wife, Barbara K. MacDonald, in Madison, Wisconsin in 1984 before moving to Austin, Texas that same year. Their breakup in 1995 spurred a solo career that has steadily produced releases in both Europe and the US. "MacDonald is long known for his playful, edgy songs," says Guitar Player Magazine (May 2007, p. 38).

Recording career[edit]

Songwriting credits include collaborations with Cher, Keith Urban, Imogen Heap, Stewart Copeland of The Police, Peter Frampton, and famed Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. Songs he's written or co-written have been recorded by Aerosmith, Oysterhead, Cher, Jools Holland, Billy Ray Cyrus, Night Ranger, Zucchero and others, and have appeared in movies from the controversial horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) with Dennis Hopper, to Tommy Boy (1995) starring Chris Farley.

MacDonald and his friend and collaborator, Eric McFadden, record and perform as the gothic-country duo The Legendary Sons of Crack Daniels. He is currently performing and touring as Purgatory Hill with Milwaukee singer/songwriter melaniejane.

In 2005, he co-founded Steel Bridge Songfest, an annual not-for-profit benefit concert and songwriting festival held in his current hometown of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Solo album discography[edit]

  • Pat MacDonald Sleeps With His Guitar (Ark 21), (1997)
  • Begging Her Graces (Ulftone), (1999)
  • Degrees Of Gone (Ulftone), (2001)
  • Strange Love: PM Does DM (Ulftone), (2003)
  • In The Red Room (DarkPresents), (2004)
  • Troubadour of Stomp (Broken Halo), (2007)
  • In The Red Room re-release (SB United) (2008)
  • Purgatory Hill self-release (2009)


1. Decca & Philips international catalogue, 'Pavarotti & Friends for the children of Bosnia/For War Child'
2. Ferber, Lawrence 2000, 'Unbelievable: Catching up with Cher as she releases one album online and prepares for the follow-up to "Believe"', Frontiers Magazine
3. Gilbertson, Jon 2008, 'Troubadour of stomp', Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Online
4. Huyck, Ed 2007, 'Answering a friend's call', Door County Magazine Online
5. Isthmus 2007, 'Sons of Crack Daniels, Jane Wiedlin with Whore du Jour, Chris Aaron, Screamin' Cyn Cyn & the Pons, Skintones'
6. Moore, Andy 2007, 'Stomping The Chords of Fame', No Depression, no. 67, 20-21.
7. Prasad, Anil 2004, 'Fresh Horizons',
8. Prasad, Anil 2007, 'Pat MacDonald', Guitar Player Magazine
9. O'Reilly, Ned 2005, 'Pat MacDonald live review', Lumino Magazine
10. The Night Eagle Cafe, 'Pat Macdonald', Binghamton, NY.
11. Thomas, Elizabeth, 'Timbuk 3',

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