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. They've performed on H.O.R.D.E. tour in Charlotte, NC and opened for the Allman Brothers Band in Buffalo and Toronto.
Pat McGee Band's sound is characterized by soft vocals that harmonize wonderfully and folk rock instrumentals with a jam band feel to it. McGee himself is extremely proficient with his guitar.
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.
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.
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."
Pat McGee Band has opened for such artists as Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac, Ziggy Marley, and Rusted Root. They also performed at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
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.