John McKay has been playing guitar for 40 yrs and has been composing his own material for nearly as long.
His first instrument was the piano, which he started playing at the age of 10. He quickly realized by the age of 11 that the drums were his real interest. By the age of 15, John was learning guitar and bass. From then on the guitar became his main focus. Throughout the years he played in various bands. In 1996 John earned a B.A. in Classical guitar performance from the University of Colorado Boulder. His first band playing his original music is the Wiley Cotton Band which was named after his father- Wiley Cotton McKay. This band got together in Feb. 2014 for a show at the Dickens Opera House in Longmont which was quite a blast!
Guitarist/singer/songwriter John McKay blends the deeply personal insights of a man immersed in nature, places of the past along with political observations of a protest singer, and the broad musical traditionalism of a folk-rock musician with the passion and commitment to rock and roll. A musicians musician, McKay has an element of distraction to his performance as it is difficult to ignore the guitar playing which is in competition with vivid mind-expanding lyrics.
The John McKay Band is rich with musical talent which runs the musical gamete from jam band to folk-rock to world music. JMB is a combination of the familiar things that exemplify retro rock and roll and folk music that we all are presently yearning for from the past with a modern touch of contemporary times and life today.