Guided by his life goal of making good music, John McFee has been a major musician for more than 35 years now. Born in 1950, in California, USA, McFee has worked with several high-profile bands as a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a producer and songwriter. While most might think of McFee as a rock-and-roll guy, his main influence is country music.
As a teen, he recorded instrumentation for commercials and played in bands. Shortly after graduation he hooked up with a band that would become Clover. In 1979, the Doobie Brothers gig surfaced and McFee replaced Jeff Baxter, playing guitar and other instruments. After the Doobie Brothers disbanded, McFee and Keith Knudsen formed the country-rock group Southern Pacific, which also included ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook and former Pablo Cruise vocalist David Jenkins. The group achieved a high level of success in the niche of national country charts, but by 1993, Southern Pacific had disbanded and both John and Keith rejoined the Doobie Brothers.
In 2010, the Doobie Brothers released "World Gone Crazy" - the New York Post suggested that this album should be "Album of the Year", stating that the band was back on track. In this album, McFee contributed in multiple ways: as recording engineer, as playing acoustic guitars, banjo, slide guitar, mandolin, percussion, violin, drums, electric guitars, vocals, and resonator guitars. Besides his talent as a multi-instrumentalist player, he also produced and engineered various legendary artists, like the "Hawaiianized" album by singer Pamela Polland and Carlene Carter's album "Stronger".