John McDonald has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the blues, it's history, the styles, players and most of all the passion he exudes on this recording is very evident. Coupled with that he has surrounded himself with top class musicians, Mark Maxwell in particular has had an immense influence on the playing and recording of this release.
More than a tribute album, 'Touched By The Blues', is a love letter to the music and artists that John holds dear to his heart and is highly recommended listening. John has been playing and singing Blues and Americana music for over 45 years. He began in his native Massachusetts playing in local coffee houses in Boston, Cambridge and Worcester. He moved to Bloomington, Indiana in 1970 to attend school and continued to play solo guitar locally, including opening for Muddy Waters at the Bloomington Blues Festival in 1974.
John next moved to Davis, California to attend graduate school and started a band called “Buddy Funk” that became popular throughout northern California. John moved to Athens, GA in 2000 to pursue a "day job" as Head of the Genetics Department at the University of Georgia. Soon after arriving in Athens, John started a Blues band, "the unforgiven", that was popular in the Athens, Atlanta, GA area. In 2017, John returned to his musical roots playing acoustic guitar and singing Blues, Country & Americana music at local venues.
He started a successful recording career at the Maxwell Sound Recording Studio in Athens, GA in 2019. His music can be streamed at most of the usual music outlets (e.g., Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, etc).