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John MacLean's songs tell stories. He is inspired by Richard Shindell, Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Springsteen, and the memory of his mother singing along with the AM car radio playing hometown Baltimore stations. When the great Texan George Brown moved to Baltimore and John first heard him sing "Pancho and Lefty," John knew he would learn how to play. George taught him, and also that music is for bringing people in, not excluding. Other important teachers and influences include The Bank Street Band, Kate Campbell, Seth Connelly, and Dick Pleasants. John has lived in the Boston area for the last twenty years.

John's CD "Letters Home," released in 2008, was produced by Seth Connelly and features John accompanied by Seth, Matt Leavenworth, Don Croad, and Valerie Thompson. Seven tracks from "Letters Home" are currently featured on Last.fm.

Beyond "Letters Home," accomplishments John is most proud of are his song "Liar's War (Letter Home)" receiving honorable mention at the 2005 Boston Folk Festival Singer Songwriter Contest and his playing at the SAMW stage at the 2007 Boston Folk Festival.

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