His cross-country trek brought him to San Francisco, Calif., which ultimately led him to the realization that there's "something out there" for everyone - and for him it was his music.
San Francisco turned out to be an inspirational backdrop for the Northern rocker with a Southern-style. It was there that he began to develop an honest, introspective approach to his songwriting.
McClean, who is a huge fan of 1960s rock, puts his own unique spin and contemporary flair to his songs. He recently released his new album "Something Out There" this year, which is being described as melodic and soulful.
His technique includes complex guitar riffs, solid drum beats, upright bass playing all the while incorporating gritty B-3 organ and vintage electric pianos.
He stopped by "The Early Show Saturday Edition"'s "Second Cup Cafe" to perform "Something Out There" from his debut album of the same name.
McClean's influences include, Jimi Hendrix, The Black Crowes, Free, The Faces, and The Allman Brothers.
"Something Out There," was recorded in San Francisco at Flying Kitchen and Sausalito at Studio D by Boone Spooner, mixed in Los Angeles by Kevin Shirley (The Black Crowes, Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa) at The Document Room, and mastered in New York by Ryan Smith (James Taylor, Joe Bonamassa, O.A.R.) at Sterling Sound.
For more info:
ChiMcClean.com (Official Web Site)