I grew up in S. Florida and Seattle, Wa. At age 10, we moved to Seattle, and I was fooling around with piano, violin and a snare drum that I had. I sucked at the violin. By age 14, the guitar bug bit hard and my doom was sealed. I was influenced by a lot of different kinds of music that I’d been exposed to, the music of the day, and much older music as well. I liked and respected music from all eras, including classical. The idea of writing my own songs was a lot of what made me take up guitar and I started writing every day, which I continued for decades, sometimes up to 7 songs in a day.
I had my first “band” when I’d only been playing a couple of weeks, with my brother and a neighborhood friend.
Within a couple of years, I was playing in a friend’s dads band. I played whatever clubs I could get into at such a young age around the Seattle area, mostly country bands and a trio I had.
In my early 20s, moved back to S. Florida where my family was again living. Over the years I was in bands that shared stages with people like Hank Williams, Jr, The Allman Brothers, John Anderson, and I was asked to join Sly & the Family Stone at one point, but declined.
In the early 90s, I played a show dubbed “The World’s Largest Indoor Country Concert,” opening for Garth Brooks, The Judds, Sawyer Brown, Alabama, Restless Heart, Roger Miller, etc. It was at the 55,000 capacity Sundome Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla.
In 93, I moved to Savannah and formed a band with Kelli Kemper and her husband Max and we were a popular band in the area for 3 or 4 years, and had our own television show for 2 years.
In 97 I went to Nashville and cut a CD of my songs that was popular in the area and sold well.
By 98, I had gone back to playing solo all over the area, and I then set up a recording studio at my home in Rincon and learned to engineer and produce records with a few people. I discovered Michelle Aspen a couple of years later, and mentored her and co-wrote and recorded her from age 13-26.
My main instrument is lead guitar and vocals, but I also to some extent play piano, 5-string banjo, mandolin, keyboards, bass.
I currently have 5 albums of new material in the works, a lot of the songs are already recorded, and I’m writing new stuff all the time. Since I don’t have to worry about a record label, I plan to do an Americana CD, a Rock CD, a Country CD and Instrumental CD and maybe a Childrens CD. I also created cues and movie type music and plan to do more in that direction.
I am also an artist, painting in oils, drawing, sculpting, etc. I’m also a writer of stories and poems.
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