It was in 1966 or 67 at a small club in Toledo, Ohio. I went with some high school buddies to see the Young Rascals. The 1st BIG concert I went to was in 1971 at UMASS-Amherst where The Youngbloods, A Beautiful Day and Aerosmith performed.
What gear do you use?
Takamine 6 string. TNV 360SC (concerts)
Martin 0028 Clapton Model (writing)
1976 Fender Telecaster (fun)
1974 Yamaha FG-240 (beater)
Harmonicas are Lee Oskar
Picks by Jim Dunlop
Strings by Elixir
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
The Beatles thanks to Ed Sullivan! Beyond them I became a huge fan of Crosby Stills, Nash and of course Neil Young, Arlo, Jackson Browne, Kris Kristopherson, Tom Petty and a list to long to write let alone remember...
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
In New England it is said that there are thousands of folk musicians vying for gigs at hundreds of venues to play for dozens of people to make tens of dollars.
That being said I have played for thousands at some festivals (New Bedford Summerfest, National Hobo Convention, Sustainable Living Festival) and a half a dozen at some small coffeehouses.
My most memorable performance though is opening for Cherly Wheeler at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA to a sold out crowd. A great appreciative crowd there specifically for the music, in a listening environment, it doesn't get any better than that.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Couldn't possibly choose one....so many options...but if I had to it would be the Beatles Rubber Soul. I was totally in awe of this record, listened to it with my head between 2 'detachable speakers' on a phonograph back in '64? '65?