I've been playing music since I was 11 years old. I always walked around the house with a tune in my head. I just thought everybody did. The Summer after my 11th Birthday, I started playing the violin in school playing the classical stuff we played there, then I'd bring it home and play Beatles and all the stuff I liked. I started working with my older sister's boyfriend in a band we put together when I was 15, playing in the local clubs and bars. Once I started doing that I was hooked.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Waylon Jennings. The Crickets (minus Buddy Holly) opened for him. It was amazing to see him up there just doing what came natural. The funny thing was when the Crickets opened, they said they had written the theme song for the Mary Tyler Moore show. That statement stuck in my head for some reason.
What gear do you use?
I have a Yamaha SV-1 electric violin that I use for shows, an old family fiddle with no writing in it that I only play at home, and my grandad's old fiddle that's more of an heirloom than anything. It's pretty but sounds really bad. I have an old ESP tele copy that is really sweet, an old Lyle acoustic that was my main acoustic until I got my baby. It's a Doyle Dykes Anniversary Edition, Taylor acoustic guitar. I started out on fiddle but the Taylor is my fav, by far!
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Beatles, Aerosmith, Bad Company, the Doors, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings...
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Yes and yes. I've been in too many bands to count. I wish I had kept track of all the different bands I worked with. I would play with 4 or 5 bands at a time to work steady for a long time.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
3000+ is the largest, I think. I didn't actually go out and count heads. The smallest? Seriously? I would have to say 1.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?