In groups, and as a solo performer, Chuck McCabe has played in Disneyland's
Golden Horseshoe Saloon, Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, L.A.'s Troubador and
Ice House, toured Viet Nam, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines for the
In 20 years on the road, he played more summers on Cape Cod, winters in
Vail, Steamboat Springs, and Bear Valley than he can remember... more coffee
houses, ginmills, Holiday Inns and Ramadas than he'd care to admit.
An award-winning songwriter (American Song Festival, Music City Songfest,
Sisters Folk Fest , Napa Valley Music Festival, Tucson Folk Festival,
Wildflower Festival, and the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition), he
has to his credit numerous independent releases (he will soon release
his third self-produced CD on the BlahBlahWoofWoof label).
He has also recorded his songs on the ABC, Capitol and GRT labels in
L.A. and Nashville, and was a staff writer for ABC. He wrote the Pet Rock
song with the Rock's inventor, and was supposed to get rich... all he
got was a big phone bill.
His first book was published in 1993, and sold not only to musicians
and songwriters, but to countless colleges and county libraries across
the country, following a buy-recommendation by the American Library Association.
He performs some 100 shows a year at rest homes, convalescent hospitals
and senior living facilities for the non-profit Young at Heart Project,
featuring vintage American music from the 1930's and 40's.
In addition to his work as a solo performer, he currently plays bass
in an Irish group, lead guitar in an oldies band, and 5-string banjo with
some folkies. He is working on a second book, and runs a popular workshop
for the West Coast Songwriters organization.
Despite numerous close-calls, he has managed to elude both fame and fortune.