Since its formation in early 1996, the Pat McGee Band's grassroots growth has been phenomenal. The band, with rich harmonies and energized acoustic rock, has been selling out clubs, such as Irving Plaza, New York, NY; House of Blues, Chicago; Paradise, Boston; Birchmere in Alexandria, VA and the 9:30 Club and the Bayou in Washington, DC. PMB's biggest sellout -- more than 7,000 -- occurred on July 2, 1998 at Wolf Trap's Filene Center, Vienna, VA. They performed on H.O.R.D.E. tour in Charlotte, NC and opened for the Allman Brothers Band in Buffalo and Toronto. The band signed a recording contract with Giant Records, a joint venture with Warner Brothers Records. Jerry Harrison is producing the album, which is being recorded in San Francisco, CA in November through December 1999. The album, entitled Shine, will be released on April 11, 2000.
The band's CD "Revel," was released in February 1997. More than 100,000 copies of "Revel" and McGee's solo CD "from the wood," released in 1995, and "General Admission," the band's live CD released in late 1998, were sold independently. Since June 1999, Redeye Distribution has been distributing the albums.
The band tours extensively and has appeared in 32 states. PMB performs more than 250 dates a year. In one year, the band put more than 100,000 miles on their van. Since November 1998, they've been enjoying traveling in a tour bus.
The band has packed houses in New York; Boston; Baltimore; Tallahassee, FL; Philadelphia; Charleston, SC; Madison, WI; Ann Arbor, MI; Athens, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; Atlanta and Athens, GA; Raleigh, NC; Richmond, VA; Nashville, TN; Washington, D.C.; Chicago, IL and many other cities and at Princeton, Penn State, UNC, Virginia Tech, UVA, George Mason, William & Mary, Old Miss, James Madison, Radford, Furman, Mary Baldwin College, Villanova, Marymount, Gettysburg, Hollins, Cornell, Colgate, Auburn, Duke, Bucknell, U. of the South, U. of Georgia, Florida State, East Carolina and U. of Maryland & others.
Critics praise the band (see "Reviews"). On Billboard Talent Net, the band was voted number one band, and "Can't Miss What You Never Had" was voted number one song. The band was also named the "Fastest climber" on Billboard Talent Net charts. PMB's recordings have been featured on MTV's "Real World" and "Road Rules." The band won two Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) awards: "1997 Best Duo/Group, ROCK/POP" and "1997 Best Recording, ROCK/POP" for "Revel."
The song "Passion" is on the Aware 5 compilation disk. "Revel" was featured in the "Top 12 Independent Recordings" in Performing Songwriter Magazine, July/August 1997. "Passion" is on the WAMA/DC 101 compilation disk and Notes From Home, Volume 4. "Who Stole Her From Heaven," is on Oasis Acoustic, Volume 4. "Ceamelodic," is on Music Reviews Quarterly on Disk. "Rebecca," is on "Oasis Alternative" and Millennium Music, South Carolina, sampler.
In April 1998 John Popper, Blues Traveler, sat in with the band at the Bayou in DC. Popper said: "It was a ball . . . Pat's got great songs . . . It's real passionate so I could really get my energy in with them . . . They're all really good musicians so it was easy to follow what they were doing . . . . We've put them on a H.O.R.D.E. date."
Summer 1997 the band performed at the Nissan Pavilion side stage for the Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor and Fleetwood Mac concerts and for Counting Crows and The Wallflowers at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater. They opened for Ziggy Marley in Annapolis. They appeared at Artscape '97 Festival in Baltimore, the July 4th Freedom Fest in DC (in 96, 97, 98) and the Kennedy Center Open House. They performed at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. They opened for Rusted Root at Constitution Hall in DC and in Richmond. This summer the band again appeared with Jimmy Buffett at Nissan Pavilion.
"Revel" and "from the wood" were produced by Pat McGee and recorded, engineered and mixed by Stuart Ridgeway at Pyramid Digital Productions and Cue Studios, Falls Church, VA. Mastering was done by Dave Glasser at Airshow, Springfield, VA.