John McCormick was born and raised in Indianapolis. While studying philosophy at Ancilla College, he met Gordon Burnham and Bob Beaser, who inspired him to take up the acoustic guitar. He landed in San Francisco in the early Seventies. He met his first teacher, Alan Rice, who eventually steered him to a meeting with Duck Baker, who became another mentor.
Sometime in 1985, John was playing a Happy Hour gig at a comedy club in San Francisco when he was discovered by Alex de Grassi. This chance meeting led to his first recording, "Western Island". This guitar-focused project, with instrumentals and songs from Scotland, Ireland and England, established John on the acoustic scene. Originally released by Shanachie Records, it has been reissued by Phantom Records. John's touring career began with the success of "Western Island".
His next album, "Mercury's Well", was released in 1992. Then followed "Between Our Hearts" (1998) with the support of Maggie Boyle, Steve Tilston, Judi Meister, and other notable guests, "Live At The Freight" (2002), "The Farthest Field", "Listen To Your Heart" (2006),and "Essential Guitar Tracks" (2008)