New CD out in 2018!

Welcome to my website! I play acoustic guitar, mostly instrumentals, and the occasional song. I use numerous open tunings in C, D, and G.  My first CD "The Landing" was released in Aug 2011.  I am currently recording my second CD.

During the 60's soon after the assassination of JFK my sister showed me how to use only two fingers to play E minor on a $25 Sears Silvertone acoustic guitar. In a few months I could play "If I Had A Hammer" and "500 Miles."  The Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan Show!  Suddenly the Cold War felt a little less scary.

Fast forward to high school where I first heard "The Needle and The Damage Done" by Neil Young and "Black Queen" by Stephen Stills (acoustic version). I think that was the lightening bolt. My friends and I sat around for hours trying to figure out Young, John Denver, James Taylor, CSN&Y, Beatles, any song we could learn to play from a record or the radio. Another great reason to grow up in the 60's. 

In the summer before the 11th grade I met Jimi Hendrix at the Tulsa airport and had a brief conversation. We shook hands. He seemed to be in a great mood and was very friendly and open. Later that night he performed at the Tulsa Civic Center with Mitch Mitchell on drums and Billy Cox on bass. I was on the 4th row. My ears ring just thinking about it. A few months later he was gone. 

Fast forward to college in Stillwater, Oklahoma where I saw Leo Kottke, Willis Alan Ramsey, Gordon Lightfoot, and John Hartford.  I began to experiment with open tunings.
 
A few years later I saw Michael Hedges play in Tulsa, and that experience completely changed how I looked at the guitar. Seven times I was privileged to see him perform live before his untimely death in 1997. 

So through the years I began writing my own tunes, experimenting with alternative tunings and percussive techniques. It seems I was in and out of school forever, but the guitar was my constant companion. If you write music on the guitar I think you are always consciously or unconsciously recycling riffs and melodies that are picked up or learned along the way. 

I enjoy playing at festivals, coffee houses, and small gatherings. Mostly, I play at home, always listening to what the guitar is trying to say. 

"I don't think about the meaning of it all. I say, plug in your damn guitar and make some noise." -- Paul Westerburg, The Replacements 
 


 

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