Donnie Mac (McCormick) was the original Bass Ass with a Heart of Gold. Donnie was the singer, songwriter and drummer for the amazing Eric Quincy Tate, a southern rock band signed to Capricorn Records in the day. Donnie transcended this earthly plane over the night, 1-11-09. In his day there wasn't a better drummer in the southeast. Donnie knew how he wanted to live and did so with gusto. Donnie was a great artist as well, sculpture, painting, any media. He was constantly creating and living the life. I have several of Donnies sculptures and paintings that i treasure. I was lucky enough to know and work Donnie in the last 10-12 years or so, played together and hung out. Playing with Donnie on stage was like driving with Mario Andretti, Donnie was a master his art and you knew you were in the best hands. Donnie's act was part kabuki theater, you couldn't take your eyes off of him when he was stage. He was amazingly physical, on a drum set, he'd have the high hat stand in his hand above his head, shaking it in time, the other hand would be smacking the snare and he'd be singing the song with a mic stand between his legs. Donnie also played chicken coop, a plywood box they used to use to take chickens in for processing, at the end of the night the stage would be full of splinters and saw dust, Donnie bled for his art and you knew it. The last year we played together Donnie'd be so winded he couldn't get off stage sometimes at break, this was after giving everything he had in him for a set of songs. I never heard a singer I believed more than Donnie,.... One of Donnie's great songs "Have You No Shame?" is on Sean Costello's last CD with Donnie adding some vocals. Listen to the Wood Brothers "Postcards From Hell" on "Loaded", it's about our Donnie Mac. (Oliver changes drums to guitar for the song). Or Dig up some Eric Quincy Tate, they were a hell of a band, great songs,... Tony Joe White recalls “them boys played with abandonment”. They kicked ass in a major way. http://www.ericquincytate.com/ Donnie is free now, his body finally failed him, how he kept that body of his going these last five years is a testament to his spirit and his amazing convictions. Love ya Donnie, take some rest Brother. me and Donnie,... and a Donnie cookie.