5:00pm – Friday
I was a child of the Sixties. I grew up listening to Country, Bluegrass and Rock & Roll artists of that era. When I was 7 yrs. old I asked my parents for a guitar after seeing Don Rich play his telecaster behind Buck Owens. From that moment I knew what I wanted to do. At about 10 years of age I met Bill Monroe. He was playing in a shopping center parking lot in Newport News, VA. I actually got to shake his hand. That was so cool as a 10 yr. old aspiring musician. About that same time my best friends brother turned me onto Bob Dylan. That is when the songwriting bug bit me. Since then I have tried write songs to the best of my ability, not writing everything in formula style so my songs would sound different from each other. I love so many styles of music as my Cd’s prove. I have opened shows for many named artist over the years in the numerous bands I’ve played with.
For almost 50 years now I’ve been paid for playing music . It wasn’t always my main source of income but always my first love. For the past 15 yrs. it has been my sole means of support and still my first love. Somethings never change. I’ve played for as few as 10 people to 10,000, the common thread being they all got the best show I had to give. Hoyt Axton said it best, “You’re only as good as your last gig”.
I’d like to share part of my musical history.