Played my first paying gig at 16, have been active in most genres through the years, enjoying most the heavy, syncopated driving sounds of heavy drums and bass with counterpoint melody lines and rich vocals
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Not the first, but certainly to this day an incredible first SPECTACLE with album - grade sound was Blue Oyster Cult in about 1977 - Would certainly measure up to any stadium show today
What gear do you use?
1990 White Gibson Explorer, 1972 Gibson Les Paul Professional (modified), 1999 Fender Stratocaster, Roland GR-1 Guitar Synthesizer, 1988 Ibanez Roadster bass, 1998 Fender Precision Bass, My own design reverse-strung headless fretless bass - My baby is the Explorer
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Rush - tried 2112 album, was hooked - incredible musicianship, technique and songwriting / Frank Zappa - fantastic musicianship, outrageous lyrics (appealed to my sense of humor)
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Early efforts were Crossfire (7 piece band with trumpet and trombone initially !), Tyrant, Sensible Nonsense with Pat Yadon, The Catch. The first band with discography - cassette - Was The Dayton Street Band (Dayton Street In 36 Hours - 10 tunes recorded to 24 track in that time in Portland, Or.) LOTS of playing hours/shows, Rhythm Method - 3 piece midi band, The Great Unknownz - C.D. - (Jonny And The Walrus) LOTS more playing hours/shows, The Craig Allen Blues Band - C.D. (Ain't No Midnight Train)LOTS of playing hours for the largest crowds I've performed for to date.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Anyone who has taken time to learn their craft well and has a good attitude
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland Oregon - thousands of people - very, very incredible memory !!! .......On the other side was the concert where, unknown to us, our promoter was fired from the radio station , the promo never happened, nobody knew who we were or when we were coming to town and we had to foot the bill for a medium auditorium to seat 22 !!!
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Frank Zappa - Joe's Garage ! First heard it in my 20s - incredible musicianship, weird twisted complex melodies generally (lots to listen to !)