Jack McMahon is a rare treasure.

In a day when adolescent enthusiasm is too often confused with musicianship, Jack McMahon stands out as an artist of integrity. From his formative years in New York's Greenwich Village, through his early professional experiences opening for Bruce Springsteen and Steely Dan, Jack McMahon has always given music priority over image and antics.

Gifted with a wonderfully warm, resonant voice, Jack was the preferred demo singer of Gerry Goffin (of Goffin-King fame), and several other New York songwriters. In the early '70s Jack began writing his own songs and recorded them for Columbia Records. After his contract with Columbia Records expired, Jack came to the Northwest. Since that time he has continued to thrill audiences, not only with his great voice, but with precise guitar playing and finely crafted songs as well. That's why Oregonian music critic John Wendeborn called Jack "...one of the best on the west coast...", and why The Cowboy Angels recorded Jack's song "When The Rain Came Down".

Jack has been a featured artist at the following special events:

The Oregon Symphony "Nerve Endings" series
The Portland Rose Festival
Oktober Fest
The Bite
Bend Summer Festival
KINK radio's "Lights Out Live"
American Music Festival
Portland parks Summer Concert Series
Eugene Festival
Oregon State Fair

Some of the Portland area venues where Jack has performed include:

Aladdin Theater
The Buffalo Gap
The White Eagle
Rock Creek Tavern
Kennedy School
McMenamin's Grand Lodge
Ash Street Saloon
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Sweet Oregon Grill
Hotel Oregon
Jack's 1983 album for Encore Records entitled "Better Late" garnered high praise from critics, and regular airplay on KINK radio. Released in LP format it is currently a highly prized collectable, particularly in Japan where copies sell in Tokyo shops for the equivalent of $40 American. After several busy years of performing live throughout the Northwest Jack released his CD entitled "Toe The Line" in the Spring of 2000. The CD has received regional airplay on commercial and college radio, and rave reviews in the press. To support the new CD release, he has assembled an all-star band from among the finest, most experienced musicians in Portland. They have recorded with nationally known artists such as Leon Russell and Al Kooper; Northwest standouts like Johnny and The Distractions and Craig Carothers, as well as Portland favorites like Tracks, Hank Rasco and The Wasted Rangers, Steve Bradley, Puzzle, and others.

The band currently (6/07) features Rudy Battjes (drums), Denny Bixby (bass and vocals) and Mark Spangler (lead guitar and vocals).

Update: A new CD, "The Man That Love Forgot" was released in early 2007, featuring more of Portland's finest including Tom Grant, Lex Browning, Rich Gooch and more.

The critics say:
"Anyone who is a fan of song writing will like what he does"...(Two Louies)
Jack McMahon is a Portland music legend"...(The Oregonian)
"His throaty vocals and folk-rock melodies are a sweet antidote"...(Willamette Week)
"Alt-Country meets Rhythm and Blues"...(Northwest Examiner)

 Jack McMahon is a singer/songwriter whose natural talents, seasoned skills, and professional experience combine in a wonderful synergy that delights audiences everywhere. These days that's a rare treasure. That's Jack McMahon!

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