I have been an acoustic guitar nut for 34 years. I have loved acoustic music for as long as I can remember but originally at the age of six I had access to an old guitar that I played on my lap and a big black Beatles book to get me started. I played on my lap so I can form the chords with my `kid` hands. First song I learned was yellow submarine. :-)
I have forever viewed the guitar as an integral part of my being, there was always something more to it for me then just playing. Since the age of six the guitar has been my most passionate outlet, and my unspoken voice.
What gear do you use?
My acoustics include, Takamine Santa-Fe, Canadian built Godin 5th Ave, Yamaha APX, and a La Patrie classical. I have a 75th anniversary Strat, and an Ibanez Sabre.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Growing up I had many influences, but mainly I gravitated towards musicians who are innovative and ground breaking. On electric it was Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blckmore, and Eric Johnson. On acoustic it has been many, but my favs are Leo Kottke, Preston Reed, Al Dimeola, Tommy Emmanuel, Norman Blake, Tony Rice and Django.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
I would have to say Preston Reed, he is genius when it comes to groove and dynamics. And an incredible song writer. Just to see what we could come up with on the fly would be awesome, it would be a great experience, and simply he seems really down to earth. No awkwardness.
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