Rod MacDonald Music News    updated March 27, 2012
Performances: Solo and with various groups
Media: MySpace, radio, audio clips you can listen to, videos you can see
Recording news & downloads available
House concerts

Rod MacDonald currently appears solo and with the following artists.

Solo--For dates, see Calendar.

Big Brass Bed--four-piece folk, rock and blues band playing (mostly) Bob Dylan songs plus a few of Rod's originals. The current lineup includes Rod MacDonald, guitar, harmonica and lead vocals; Bill Meredith, drums; Randy Ward bass; and John Smotherman, lead guitar. Current 2012 bookings include South Shores tavern, Wishing Well, and Deerfield Beach Storytelling Festival.

"My Life In The Brill Building"--George Goehring, Nicole Yarling, Ellen Bukstel and Rod MacDonald perform songs by George Goehring and other 1950s and 1960s-era songwriters, including George's own hit compositions "Lipstick On Your Collar," "Half Heaven Half Heartache," "The Mystery of You," and numerous other top ten songs. 

Tracy Sands & Rod MacDonald--Traditional and contemporary Irish, Scottish and American music, with vocalist Tracy Sands and Rod on guitar, often with other musicians in support. Appearing St. Patrick's Day at Paddy Mac's, Palm Beach Gardens, other clubs and private events.

Mark Dann--New York-based bassist, guitarist, and studio recording producer with Rod since the mid-1970s; the next European tour is May 1-13, accompanied by JP Bowersock on guitar.

Rod MacDonald & Rex Blazer--Rod sings and Rex plays the fiddle, melding tunes with folk, blues and rock and roll. Rex is also a founding member of the nationally-known contradance band Lift Ticket, and sometimes appears with Big Brass Bed.

MySpace page is

Many acoustic radio programs play Rod's music, among them WLRN "Folk & Acoustic Music," WUMB, WFUV, WFDU, KPFA, KPFK, WAER, WAMC, WUFT, WMNF, Whole Wheat Radio, Folk Alley, XM's The Village and many others. Call or email your favorite and request a song!

Rod has several songs on The Unearthly Fire, White Buffalo, Smoke, My Neighbors In Delray. There is a list on this page at

Audio clips of Rod's songs are online at, and other sites.

Recording News & Downloads

Both Rod's cds and Big Brass Bed's cds are available from this site, from, and via Rod MacDonald as downloads.

All 21 Rod MacDonald songs recorded by the Fast Folk Music Magazine in the 1980s/1990s are reportedly available at

House Concerts

House Concerts In Your Home
Rod MacDonald is a member of concerts are a great way to enjoy your favorite music, free of the distractions often present in clubs and bars....find out how to have a concert in your home, or where in your area the concerts are, by clicking on the image at left. Since these events are usually in private residences with unpublished addresses, you have to call ahead to reserve a seat.