From Nashville to Truckee, Chi McClean inspires and amazes

Tahoe Onstage

Chi McClean picks on porch at Moe’s Original BBQ in Tahoe City.
Tahoe Onstage photos by Clare Foster

When he’s not in Truckee, chances are Chi McClean is recording music in Nashville or out touring the country in his van.

If you haven’t heard McClean and his sweet guitars and banjo, do yourself a favor and go have a listen. A native of New York, who relocated to the West Coast and the spaces between, McClean is Americana, acoustic rock, roots, throw in a few covers, and there you have it, perfectly pleasing music to fill you up.

McClean’s craft and talent and love for writing, playing and singing music is ever present, and it continues to inspire and amaze his fan base and new listeners. He writes from his core, sometimes hauntingly, about life and loss, love and the open road, and the realness of it all. His music leaves you with a full heart, an occasional chuckle and the desire to hear more.

He is currently working on his fourth full-length release with Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer Richie Biggs, back in Nashville, Tennessee at Art House Studios.

McClean has licensed several songs to Warner Bros. Television / The CW Network for the hit series, “Hart of Dixie.” In addition he has performed on national television on CBS, as well as several live broadcasts in local markets while on tour throughout the country.

McClean’s music is currently featured on all domestic flights for Virgin America Airlines, as well as on select cruise lines, worldwide.

The 2016 release, “Let Me In,” debuted on the Amazon Music “Best of What’s New” chart at No. 18 alongside releases by Willie Nelson and more.

McClean is an official, endorsing artist for Taylor Guitars, Deering Banjos and Elixir Strings.

Check his website for the next local gig, follow him on Instagram, or find him on Facebook.

About Clare Foster

Clare Foster finds some sort of balance in the place she has called home for 27 years, the North and West shores of Lake Tahoe. If she isn't out listening to and photographing live music, she is either down by the lake or wandering in the woods taking photos or, working on a new book. Check out Clare's website.

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