MacDonald's songwriting influences include Phil Ochs, Richard Farina and Bob Dylan. True to the folk tradition, MacDonald is not afraid to get political, that take chances and perhaps shock some people. Songs like "American Jerusalem," "White Buffalo" and "Every Living Thing" have been covered by his peers and his elders, including musicians Garnet Rogers, Jean Redpath, Gordon Bok, Happy Traum and Shawn Colvin. MacDonald's place in the folk Hall of Fame is assured by his "A Sailor's Prayer," a hymn-styled tune that many people mistook for a traditional song.
MacDonald has two albums out on Shanachie Records, 1992's Highway to Nowhere and a 1994 release, The Man On the Ledge. 1999's Into the Blue appeared on Gadfly; his other releases include No Commercial Traffic (1983, Cinemagic) and White Buffalo (1987, McDisk/Mt. RR/Brambus). MacDonald has based himself in Florida since the mid-1990s. ~ Richard Skelly, All Music Guide