I have always enjoyed music, but I never realized I could enjoy it on a larger scale until the particular Christmas when I got a guitar! Needless to say, I didn't realize at the time I would be involved in the biggest love affair ever known to mankind.
Still to this day I apologize to my family members that had to endure the sounds that erupted from my amplifier that day, and many subsequent days to follow... the only way I can accurately describe it would be to compare it to the screeching of small barnyard animals being sacrificed..
Anyway, I didn't understand my gift until I met the greatest musician you've never heard of. A man named Guy Petersen introduced me to my vocal ability for the first time in a little bar in Mount Holly, New Jersey I owe my entire music career to Guy. Not only did he help me discover and develop my musical talent, he is also the person responsible for putting me on a stage and helping me find the confidence to perform.
After performing on some awesome stages in the great state of New Jersey, it was off to the left coast and fun in the Fresno sun. I had the pleasure of helping start "The Young and the Restless Band" which enjoyed a short stint of success before my departure for Pennsylvania. The "YNR Band" would eventually become the "Whiskey River Band" then the "Morgan Hill Band" (all of which I have had an opportunity to play with numerous times since my return).
My relocation to Pennsylvania would prove to be fruitful as well. I had a chance to meet some great musicians and sit in with some awesome bands there. They helped shift my guitar playing from straight classic rock into a more Nashville influenced style. I have also enjoyed a lot of solo gigs in the Pittsburgh area (as well as New Jersey previously, and California both before my departure and since I've returned).
Being back in California and starting the Last Chance Saloon Band with these guys has been so much fun! I am a lucky front man, having such talented musicians to share the stage with . Entertaining is my game, and I am happy to put on a show for all of you every time we take the stage!
A Message To My Fans
Thanks for hanging in there while I took some time off to be a dad. My little guy is growing up to be a much better looking version of me! He is by far and away a "music baby" and will for sure be on the stage with me in the not so distant future (as long as he wants to be).
The down time gave me plenty of opportunities to stack ideas for new songs, and the experience of becoming a father for the first time as introduced a lot of new emotions, which of course brings new ideas as well.
I have discovered that the "bar scene" is no longer something I enjoy, so the majority of my shows from now on will be community events, private parties, and other "family friendly" environments. This is all new to me, and I look forward to the challenges that come with being a band that doesn't play bars!
While I was away, music kept trying to pull me back in. I'm glad to be back, and blessed to have a wonderful family to share this experience with, and I'm grateful for my fans who support my music.