10 years. I started playing when I was 10 years old. I always had the desire, and once I started, it took off from there.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
I remember going to bluegrass festivals all the time growing up. My first concert was a show with a local bluegrass band at a community center.
What gear do you use?
I am a Strat guy. I've got an American Deluxe Strat, and an American Select Strat. I use one of two amps, either a VOX AC-15, or a Fender Super Champ, depending on the venue. I also have a Tele, and some other assorted electrics. I have a Martin D-40 and a Santa Cruz H Model on the acoustic side. I also have a National Tricone Resonator, plus fiddles, banjos, mandolins, a dobro, a piano, an electric bass, you name it.
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
I'd love to make connections with other musicians, and hopefully, find more potential venues to book shows at.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Doc Watson. He was such a great flatpicker, and he really inspired me to get into roots music.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I'm currently in a duo with a great drummer. We call ourselves Brian Keith Wallen & The Vixen. We play blues rock, and we've been playing together since February of 2012.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
John Mayer. He has great tone, and he's such a smooth player. He's been a real inspiration to me, so it would be an honor.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
The biggest audience I've ever performed for is probably 600 or 700. The smallest? Just a couple people at a family gathering.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Oooooh, that is such a tough question. I'm going to say "Where The Light Is" by John Mayer. The live record. So much awesome guitar on that album.