Will McFarlane

Jan 01, 2005
Jan 01, 1998
Jan 01, 1992
Jan 01, 1987
Jan 01, 1984
Jan 01, 1982

Will McFarlane is listed in the credits for the following albums:

Year Artist Album Role
1981 Ed Raetzloff Drivin' Wheels Songwriter
1982 Joe English Held Accountable Songwriter
1982 Rick Cua koo-ah Guitar
1982 Michele Pillar Michele Pillar Guitars, Background Vocals
1983 Michele Pillar Reign On Me Guitars
1983 Lenny LeBlanc Say a Prayer Guitars
1984 Lenny LeBlanc Person to Person Guitars
1984 Will McFarlane A Colony of Heaven Producer, Songwriter, Guitars, Vocals
1986 2nd Chapter of Acts Hymns Guitars
1995 Rick Cua Times Ten Guitars
2009 Blues Counsel Let the Healing Begin Songwriter, Arrangements, Guitar, Vocals
2013 Blues Counsel Muscle Shoals Sessions Songwriter, Guitars, Vocals
2016 Phil Keaggy All At Once Songwriter

Will McFarlane


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Will McFarlane spent six years playing guitar with Bonnie Raitt, from 1974 to 1980. Born on a Navy base in California, McFarlane started voice lessons at age 6, adding piano a year later. Seeing the Beatles play the Ed Sullivan Show when he was 12 inspired McFarlane to take up guitar. He developed a taste for R&B in high school, focusing on Motown material while developing as a rhythm guitarist.

McFarlane attended college in Denver, but soon dropped out and had been playing gigs in bars and clubs across the country when Raitt found him in a club in Cambridge, Mass.

McFarlane learned how to listen as well as play while in Raitt's band. His musical education was a versatile one, encompassing straight blues, country blues, folk, country, rock 'n' roll, as well as singer-songwriter material. Raitt was sharing stages with living blues legends, and McFarlane soaked up as much as he could from them before and after the gigs.

McFarlane left Raitt to move to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, playing on records for Bobby Blue Bland, Little Milton, Etta James and Johnnie Taylor as part of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

He parted company amicably from Raitt in 1980, because he and his wife, Janet, wanted a change of lifestyle and didn't want to raise two kids in L.A. Soon after relocating to Muscle Shoals, he had a spiritual awakening. His younger brother was murdered while McFarlane was still with Raitt, and he says he reeled for three years afterwards.

He became a Christian, but continued to make his living playing secular music at Muscle Shoals Sound, as well as traveling in ministry. During this time his floundering marriage was restored, and he and Janet, now married 35 years, also travel together.

McFarlane has continued to work in secular and gospel music, both traditional and contemporary styles. He has moved back to Muscle Shoals, and plays there, as well as in Nashville, and other places around the country and world, doing sessions and live performances. He was just recently inducted into the Musician's Hall of Fame in Nashville as a friend of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (The Swampers).

Will MacFarlane Bio. (n.d.). Retrieved September 21, 2013, from Will McFarlane website: http://www.willmcfarlane.com/bio.html

Created by: Yianni D on 26-July-2010 - Last Edited by siremidor on 12-December-2020