I played my first show at 11. When I saved enough money to buy a 4 track recorder, I used to go around pounding on different things to create a series of noises. Then I would try and combine them to make some kind of weird noise symphony. I didn’t know it at the time, but it would eventually help me hone my producing and writing skills.
Speaking of symphony, my father, who loved classical music, would trade me time listening to different things. He would play me a half hour of Sibelius, and I would play him a half hour of AC/DC. I would usually fall asleep about half way through his set, but that was huge in my progression as a songwriter.
I used to drink like a fish, now I just drink like a smaller fish.
My brother Jeff was my first main influence. He played bass in a rock band and his guitar player Doug Covin was my second major influence. I used to sit on the steps at Tony Hall’s house and watch them practice for hours. That was really pretty cool of them to let a little punk hang around and watch. My life changed when I heard The Beatles. It changed again when I heard AC/DC. And it changed a third time when I heard Ritchie Blackmore strike the first chord in Highway Star.
I’ve been fortunate to have made my living and cut my teeth as a guitar player for most of my life. Now that I am a singer, I still carry a guitar players philosophy: the fans are always first.
Music has enabled me to see some great places and meet a plethora of unique and exciting people. I hope you like what I do. If you don’t, that’s okay too. I just hope that after you’ve seen or heard me, I’ve moved you in some way.