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An Incomplete History of Chuck McCabe's Career


  • Drinking Gourd, Purple Onion, Coffee and Confusion (San Francisco, CA)
  • Ice House (Pasadena and Glendale)
  • Golden Horseshoe Saloon (Disneyland)
  • Colorado: Vail Village Inn, Steamboat Village Inn, The Nu Gnu, Inn at Copper Mtn. (Denver Folklore Center)
  • The Buddhi (Oklahoma City)
  • USO Tours: Viet Nam, Thailand, Japan, the Philippines, Okinawa, Guam, Hawaii
  • Sid's Blue Beet (Newport Beach, CA)
  • Penny University (San Bernardino)
  • McCabe's (Santa Monica)
  • Altitude 38, The Lodge (Bear Valley, CA)
  • The Woodshed, Lincoln Lodge, Improper Bostonian, the Oar and Anchor (Cape Cod)
  • the Hose and Hammer, the Chuckwagon, the Windjammer
  • 1984 Olympics (UCLA gymnastics venue)
  • Freight and Salvage (Berkeley, CA)
  • Strings (Berkeley, CA)
  • Coffee Gallery Backstage (Altadena, CA)
  • The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, TN)
  • Cocoanut Grove (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour

Festivals and Concerts

  • Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters, OR
  • Mosquito Serenade concert series, Anderson, CA
  • Mountain Garlic Festival, Angels Camp, CA
  • Music in the Vineyard, Morgan Hill, CA
  • Napa Valley Wine and Arts Festival
  • Shasta County Arts Council Concert Series
  • Shasta Damboree
  • Shasta Lake City Celebration
  • Lupin Songwriters' Festival
  • Sierra Songwriters' Festival
  • NARAS "Unsigned-Unplugged" competition
  • Founders Title Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Salt Lake City
  • Tucson Folk Festival
  • The Wildflower Festival, Dallas
  • Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Okemah OK


  • Staff Writer, ABC Records
  • Works-in-Progress Songwriting Workshop, Northern Calif. Songwriters' Ass'n... 15 yrs
  • Songwriting class instructor, Showcase Music Institute, San Jose CA
  • Americana Project Song Academy instructor, Sisters, OR
  • Fingerpicking Workshop, "Story Songs and Funny Songs" Workshop
  • Sisters Folk Festival, Sisters, OR
  • Host and MC, Night Owl Stage Sisters Folk Festival
  • Host and MC, side stage, Music in the Vineyard Morgan Hill, CA
  • 80-100 shows a year for the Young at Heart Project (music for seniors, convalescent hospitals and assisted-living venues)


  • Third Place: "I Know You," Best New Folk Song, Just Plain Folks 2009
  • Fourth Place: "Creatures of Habit," Best New Folk Album, Just Plain Folks 2009
  • First Place: Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition 2001
  • winner: Sisters Folk Festival Songwriting Competition 1998
  • People's Choice Award, Boston Folk Festival (audience favorite by ballot)
  • Just Plain Folks nomination: "Burgers and Champagne" best traditional folk song
  • and numerous finalist, semi-final, or honorable-mention awards from:
  • Northern Calif. Songwriters' Association
  • American Song Festival
  • USA Songwriting Contest
  • Music City Songfest
  • John Lennon Songwriting Contest


  • 1967 single: "Tule Fog" Slippery Rock String Band, Dome Records
  • 1968 album: "Six Penny Opera" Six Penny Opera, Capitol Records
  • 1968 single: "You Took the Time", Metronome Records
  • 1969 album: "Phoenix", ABC Records
  • 1969 single: "Baby, I'm Sorry" Phoenix, ABC Records
  • 1972 album: "Live at the Woodshed" (Cape Cod) Woodshed Records
  • 1976 album: "Pensacola Flash" Woodshed Records
  • 1976 single: "Travellin' Fever" Woodshed Records
  • 1977 single: "That Old Pet Rock of Mine" GRT Records
  • 1993 album: "Home" Hard Travelin', Gypsy Wind Productions
  • 1996 album: "Making Tracks" Hard Travelin', Gypsy Wind Productions
  • 1998 album: "Burgers and Champagne" BlahBlahWoofWoof Records
  • 1998: BlahBlahWoofWoof Sampler #1
  • 1999 album: "The World Needs a Melody" Hard Travelin', Gypsy Wind Productions
  • 2000 track: "I Like Your Skin" Dr. Demento's Basement Tapes #8 compilation
  • 2001 BlahBlahWoofWoof Sampler #2
  • 2002 album: "Bad Gravity Day" BlahBlahWoofWoof Records
  • 2002 BlahBlahWoofWoof Sampler #3 (2 tracks)
  • 2003 album: "Blues Coffee House Collection Vol. I" IMS Records
  • 2004 two cuts: Seamus Kennedy's album "On the Rocks" Gransha Records
  • 2004 album: "Chicken Dinners" BlahBlahWoofWoof Records
  • 2006 album: "Sweet Reunion" BlahBlahWoofWoof Records
  • 2008 album: "Creatures of Habit" BlahBlahWoofWoof Records
  • 2010: BlahBlahWoofWoof Sampler #4

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