Pat MacDonald (musician)

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Pat MacDonald
Melaniejane and Pat MacDonald taken 2009 at Davey's Uptown in Kansas City.
Melaniejane and Pat MacDonald taken 2009 at Davey's Uptown in Kansas City.
Background information
Born (1952-08-06) August 6, 1952 (age 71)
Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1984–present

Patrick Lee MacDonald (born August 6, 1952) is an American musician and songwriter. He was the singer, guitarist, and main songwriter for Timbuk 3, 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 Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. Songs he has 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 ranging 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 performed and toured as Purgatory Hill with Milwaukee singer and 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)
  • The Ragged, Jagged Way Back Home self-release (2019)
  • Strange Love: pm does dm (Chronological Records) (2021)


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