I started playing when I was 19. I moved in with a drummer, watched him for a while then started playing along with AC DC albums. So I guess it's all Larry Mackeys fault. hahaha
What was the first concert you ever went to?
The first concert I ever saw was a Day on the Green way back when....the bill was Heart, Cheap Trick, Foreigner, AC DC and Ted Nugent.
What gear do you use?
Sigma acoustic guitar (Martin knockoff), Yamaha bass, Ibanez Roadstar 2 luthaker model electric guitar, Yamaha Custom drums 8",10",12", 13", 14", 16" toms, 14" x 6" maple snare, 22" x 18" bass, Custom A Zildjiens 8,12,15,16,17 crashes, 20 Paiste colorsound ride, 14 new beat hi hats.. Tama Iron Cobra double bass pedals
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Rush. I love Neil, Alex and Geddy. Great arrangements, awesome lyrics. Each member is a virtuoso on his instrument. My friend Bob Cates turned me on to the live album "All the worlds a stage" and I was hooked
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I'm currently rocking it with my band 12Thirty. We play rock leaning towards the Americana side ala Petty, Jacob Dylan, Black Crowes, etc... We met during a studio session. We play about a dozen shows a year and are in the process of venturing farther from the nest.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Me, Tom Morello, Lee Sklar, Mike Campbell and Pat Benetar on vocals.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
I've played to 3 people in a pub in Willits, CA. I played for over a thousand people at the Petaluma Fairgrounds (Rip City Riders hot rod and chopper show) I played a small show once with a great prog rock band called Spiral Fire. There were only 100 people there, but halfway through the show the band "lifted 4 feet off the ground, boarded a spaceship and flew to another galaxy" Some of you will know exactly what I mean.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
In the age of the Ipod that's not a fair question, but I guess a box set of Yes' entire catalog would work.