GMacGuffin (T.C. Johnston) writes songs for his own amusement. He hopes the audience likes them too, but onstage he only cares about being interesting. Bouncing haphazardly from bluesy folk to folksy Americana to eclectic to fake old-timey Western tunes, GMacGuffin crafts seemingly-accessible quirky songs tending toward dark, aspiring toward witty — songs realized as dense tales of unfortunate people in bad situations, and bad people in unfortunate situations. And also some silly material. Based in San Diego since the 1980s, multi-instrumentalist GMacGuffin played keyboards and drums in local 90s bands including Noisepie and faux pas. Now he just sings and plays guitar and talks, a lot. 


  • 2ndSat.SpacebarShow @Spacebar Cafe with GMacGuffin and Randall Mark (& guests) starts Feb. 12, 2022, every 2nd Sat. Live 6-9.
  • GMacGuffin’s album Ambivalent Love Ballads is in the can, coming Feb.2022 or thereabouts. The title says it all.  
Death Valley
(live @ home)
(home studio)

GMacGuffin @Spacebar 11.2021

(from upcoming album Ambivalent Love Ballads)

Baby Maybe
(from Ambivalent Love Ballads)

(from Ambivalent Love Ballads)


tcj at gmacguffin dot com
(or PingMe here)

It’s a lot of fun what I do … for me anyway.