Eclectic San Francisco Bay area singer/songwriter John M created John Mac and the Moraggots in 2007 as a way of experimenting and developing his craft and sharing music that might not otherwise ever be heard. With help from gifted musicians like SF Bay area drummer Mike “Tex Q” Spinrad and electric bassist John Dennison, he continues to add to an obscure canon of music and words, reminiscent of songsmiths John Lennon, Paul McCartney, the Byrds’ Roger McGuinn and Bob Dylan.
John Mac began writing in the early 1980s as the punk rock scene wound down in San Francisco. With his band, Virgin Release, an ensemble that included noted performer/songwriter Eric Von Radics (Buzzard’s Song Redux) and keyboardist Brian Gary, bassist John Dennison, and drummer Mike Spinrad he frequently performed at the Mabuhay Gardens, the Stone, the Oasis and other noted SF venues. In 1986, the band released their one and only album: “Marshal Fields,” promoting the seven-song EP via a three-month exploration of America’s low-down motels, biker bars, and second-tier college campuses. They disbanded shortly after this, each musician pursuing his own solo projects.
Since those frantic days, he has created, illustrated and published “Dirty Larry” comics, worked as a private investigator, performed as a member of the house band at Skip’s Tavern’s Wednesday jazz jam sessions, playing upright bass alongside other Bay area notables including trumpeter Johnny Serrano, tenor saxophonist Michael Brown and guitarist Al Pacheco, and released four solo albums of original songs under the pseudonym “John Mac and the Moraggots.” He currently performs at Bay area open mikes, testing out new material to be included in his next album release.