John McCabe

Musician / Artist

The artist T. Nem Hackett turned me on to punk rock and I am forever indebted to him for that. Having grown up in the circumference of Meat Puppets territory in Phoenix, AZ, I was not to become aware of them until it was nearly too late.  My formative years had me in a decade long Grateful Dead coma. T. Nem and punk rock pulled me from that.  

I initially started playing music, during my college years, on the streets and coffee shops (Steep 'n Brew) of Madison, WI with Dave - an elderly homeless guitar player from Kentucky. A duo. 

Nem and I later started 'The Shelf Talkers' in Boston in the late 80's and managed to record one 1/4" tape 4-track tune called "On The Road" 

Ten years ago I cobbled together a makeshift home studio and began recording demos, which led to my first Studio EP, 2017's 'Flower Circle', recorded and produced by John Kimbrough (Walt Mink, Teen Judge).  I continue to write, record & produce new music - as well as make all of the associated artwork.  

On May 16th, 2019, I released my sophomore effort: "These Years EP. I was very fortunate to work with the same team as 'Flower Circle' at Janky East Studios, Los Angeles.

In 2017, I co-founded Engine Trouble with Don Erikson. We play and perform original, jangly guitar rock; Erikson and I share songwriting duties.  I also perform solo acoustic dates - check out my current show dates across Orange County and Los Angeles.