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I'm a songwriter/artist from the deep south, my house was a quarter of a mile up a gravel road from Hank Williams Jr. A little green and wet behind the ears a young aspiring musician of 17 knocked on the door of Hank Williams Jr.'s manager Merle Kilgore (writer of 'Burning Ring of Fire'). He directed me to his office where he politely listened to my songs for 45 minutes. To this day I'm not sure why he listened, I had only been playing the guitar for 3 months.
I followed the ghosts of great musicians into buildings that will soon be forgotten and will only be remembered by those old enough to have brushed with them. In the studios of Muscle Shoals I played music alongside a drummer who played in the Buckingham Palace before the queen of England and who also sat on TV before the king of comedy Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. As the man who played "Born to Be Wild" for the legendary Steppenwolf band sat by a keyboard, I wondered "who was going to play my guitar part?" For you see, growing up in those days it seemed the gap between musicians was very wide but today its just click away on the keyboard of a computer. We recorded on one take and as I walk out I was greeted by one of the owners of the studio into Mike McGuire's office, the drummer for the country hit band Shenandoah. Jokingly I asked him if I could get a picture of me holding his CMA award. He said sure and once again I touched greatness.
One day in Muscle Shoals, I played in a coffee house. I invited many of my friends who pledged they would drive there to show their support. Only one showed, the man who played before the Queen of England. But you don't have to drive to see me I'm here and you are welcome to my music! Thanks for being here.
The gap has closed. The face of the business has changed. Internet gives me the chance to share my music with you.