"Songwriting is an important part of my life. When I'm not writing, I start to feel edgy and uncomfortable; then I ask myself "what's on my mind?" and something starts to take shape that clarifies things."
Rod MacDonald began singing professionally in 1972 in Newport, RI, before moving to New York’s Greenwich Village the following year. A leading New Folk artist in GV clubs, he recorded 21 songs for Fast Folk, now in the Smithsonian collection, including such well-covered songs as A Sailor’s Prayer, American Jerusalem, White Buffalo, and Every Living Thing. He has recorded 11 cds for the Cinemagic, Mt RR, Shanachie, Gadfly and Blue Flute labels in the US, and the Brambus label in Europe, where he has toured 35 times with bassist Mark Dann. He appears in festivals and concert venues, and is considered a lyricist of strong progressive convictions, who “pulls no punches regarding public and private life in current times,” according to Folkwax. Since moving to Florida in 1995, he’s been named Best Local Acoustic Artist and one of the Ten Greatest South Florida Folksingers of All Time by New Times, which called his May 2014 release Later That Night “among his best sets yet.”
Thanks to Stand Your Ground laws and gun violence, "Somebody shot a hole in the Bible, right there you can see right through."
Sardonic take on the inspiration behind some of today's biggest hits.
An inspiring classic from MacDonald's 1986 album of the same name.
Written for the historical lecture "Songs Of Freedom," "Freedom Of Religion" examines the meaning of one of the United States' most revered freedom in today's world.
Co-written by MacDonald, Jerry Grant and Brill Building legend George Goehring (Lipstick On Your Collar, Half Heaven Half Heartache), it's the sad tale of a "guy who's always true to the blues."
A letter from the past brings back the memories of love.
Rod MacDonald wrote the lyric, to Steve Ericsson's music, to honor the fans at his regular gig at an Irish restaurant in south Florida. It's since become one of his most-requested songs, particularly for those homesick for the green hills and beautiful music of the Emerald Isle.
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
acoustic guitar beats 'em all
3: What was the worst advice?
"Only write what you know"...I prefer to learn new things.
4: What was your first concert?
December 29, 1972, I sang my own songs for the first time at Focus II in NYC.
5: What/where is the best road food?
I love New Mexican breakfasts, with eggs, beans, blue corn tortillas and green chilies.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
"Remember, even when you're solo, you're playing for someone dancing a broom around her apartment"....John Hammond
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Ray Charles--first concert i ever saw!