Artist and musician F.J. McMahon is no stranger to limelight even though he may have only released one album over 40 years ago. Born and raised along the shores of Santa Barbara, McMahon served a brief tour of Vietnam at the age of 18 but after being honorably discharged for an illness, he returned home and picked up an acoustic guitar and spoke the language of Americana-folk. His first and only release Spirit of The Golden Juice covered various subject matters of that era including the the track “Five Year Kansas Blues” which was a story about the jail sentence draft dodgers endure for failing to serve in the military.
At the Sanctuary at the Pico-Union Project, a multi-cultural arts center, the eager patrons congregated at the pews to worship the sounds from this overdue performance. Backing McMahon was Boston’s indie-psyche rockers, Quilt, covering the earthy tones and warm soundscape to the tracks. The show began with the cool and calm track “Sister Brother” as McMahon took control over the room. His quiet demeanor kept the banter in between songs at a minimum but he did take the time to introduce the wonderfully talented band: Quilt. On drums, John Andrews with Shane Butler on guitar and Anna Fox Rochinski on bass.
The spirit of the 60s was present in the cathedral where the music suffocated the air out the space leaving behind musical notes that melted into the subconsciousness. One of the most important albums of the 60s has been reissued and available for sale through Mexican Summer Records. The music of F.J. McMahon does not disappoint and the fans early wait for a future release. The one-of-a-kind show was more than the fans could have asked for. Let’s hope we see him again in the future, doing what he does best.