Kelly McDonald

Kelly McDonald

 Patterson, California, USA

Real Country Music and Western Rock and Roll. We play Original Music and Covers of the Good 'ol country hits. Family friendly shows, professional, and on time, every time.


Kelly McDonald was born September 4th, 1978 to father Mac McDonald and mother Sandy. Kelly’s family had very little in the way of money but they had more than enough love to go around.

His musical career started in the 3rd grade where he took up playing the Alto sax. Kelly’s father had played the Alto sax for years in the Tournament of Roses Parade and gave Kelly his old Saxophone to learn on. Kelly excelled at the saxophone with help from his father at night and his teacher at school during the day.

Soon, Kelly decided it was time for a change. He attended a Chris LeDoux concert while taking part in rodeos and saw Mark Sissel (LeDoux’s lead guitarist) going to town. He was awestruck and decided he would learn to play the guitar. Kelly’s first guitar was given to him by his older brother Casey. Casey had gotten the guitar for Christmas and never tried to play it.
Within a few months Kelly had taught himself how to play and sing a number of Buck Owens and Chris LeDoux songs. Within a year he had taught himself about 80 different cover songs from Buck Owens to The Steve Miller Band.

Kelly wrote his first song after seeing the grizzly scene of domestic violence at his friend’s house one night. His first song was called “The Rusty Windchime Cries”. As soon as he had 6 songs written, Kelly went into the recording studio for the first time and cut his first demo cd entitled “No Angel in Heaven”. The cd spread like wildfire through his highschool and soon it was blasting all through the parking lot.

His first show was played when he was 16 years old at an old tavern which will remain nameless. He was allowed in to sit in with the band and was not allowed to loiter inside the bar. He was only allowed to go from the door to the stage and back out. He learned there how to work his crowd, and get fans and friends fired up. By the time he was eighteen, he was playing four nights a week as a house band there.

Since then, Kelly has had the opportunity to play all over the US. He’s played everything from the TN. State Fairs to the Clements Stampede and everything in between. He has been featured in several newspaper articles in the Sacramento area. He has played with some of the greatest musicians in the US. and is a master at his craft which has gotten him several breaks including: Airplay on 34 FM radio stations, 8 AM stations all over the world as well as countless internet stations, and several great endorsement deals with such companies as: Wolverine Boots, Panhandle Slim Shirt Co., Madison Amps, Godin Guitar Company, Traditional Medicinals, and Knucklehead Guitar Strings. “Kelly McDonald is the next Chris LeDoux”- River Valley Times 2004

Kelly would like to thank you for taking the time to read through this short biography.


Kelly McDonald


The Rusty Windchime Cries

Written By: Kelly McDonald

1) The rusty windchime starts it all
and she alone will take the fall
She can't see the light
'cause her cold dark eyes have seen it all
2) There's broken bottles on the floor
She can't see the glass
She cuts herself but doesn't cry
there's no more tears left in her eyes

She stands alone on the stage of life
he curses god and kills his wife
broke her dreams to hear her scream
As the Rusty Windchime Cries (repeat)

3) Years after the deed is done
The pain's too much to hide
Her veins pump anger to her heart
To show what she's had locked inside

4) She lashes out and tries to stop
The man who took her mama's life
Her attemp it fails...(let ring)
as the rusty windchime cries
rusty windchime cries
*Repeat Chorus*
She don't know it's not her fault
as she puts the bottle to her lips
She'll sober up tomorrow
and suffer for.. the things he did.....

The rusty windchime cries...
cries all through the night.....
the rusty windchime (let ring)


Album: Different Kind of Angel (6 Tracks) 2001
Album: Better Half Of Me (13 Tracks) 2006
Album: The Night (11 tracks) 2009
Singles Released to air: "Better Half Of Me", "I Keep Calling", "Barrel Racin' Lady", "Got to Ride", "The Night" and "Engagement Ring".

Set List

Our Sets are flexible, we prefer to play a 90 minute set. We are able to play up to (2) 45 minute sets per day.
Here is a typical set for us:
1) Amanda (original)

2) Better Half Of Me (original)

3) Little Less Talk (cover) (Toby Keith)

4) Tiger By The Tail (cover) (Buck Owens)

5) Western Girls (cover) (Marty Stuart)

6) The Night (original)

7) Cadillac Cowboy (cover) (Chris LeDoux)

8) Crazy Country Lady (ori