I've always been a sideman. Not on purpose, it just happened that way. In 1997 Butch Walker asked me to help, and that started a long career of supporting other people. Since then I've shared the stage with Butch, Peter Searcy, Gary Wright, South 70, Player, Walter Egan, Eddie Money, Mickey Thomas, Supermatic, Johnny Andrews, the Veins (with English Nick, Dave Cobb, and the mighty Darren Dodd), Matthew Wilder, Jeff Carlisi, Peter Stroud, Yacht Rock Revue and Yacht Rock Schooner, Please PleaseRock Me and so many more. I've been truly blessed to know and play with so many great musicians.
But - I have also always been a songwriter. I've wanted to be a songwriter/producer ever since I discovered Phil Collins in the 80's. I wrote my first song in 1986, and I've been writing songs for 25+ years now, for myself and with other folks. Being able to create songs that give joy or solace or affirmation is truly a gift that I'm grateful for.
Now it's time to share my own music. All the recording for my 5-song debut EP is finished. It's taken a while, but I'm damn proud of these. I'm asking for help with fees for mixing, mastering, and duplication. I was lucky enough to track in some of the best studios (Madison Recording and Southern Tracks), with the best players including: Mark Cobb, Mark Dannells, Mark Bencuya, Dave Freeman, and Nick Niespodziani from Yacht Rock Revue, Tanner Hendon from Madison Recording, Ben Holst from Tunewelders/Southern Tracks, and even the mighty Peter Stroud joined me on a song!
The incredible songs I've been exposed to growing up and playing has influenced me all these years, and still does, so if these have a familiar sound, the blame falls squarely on my family and friends for teaching me that they just don't make music like they used to anymore. (Well, most don't) I've travelled far and wide with bands and the only real magic I've ever seen in my life is the way music affects people. I hope these songs give you some comfort or hope or energy or whatever you need to get from them. That's really the best reason to make music.