How long have you been playing?
Grew up on a musical household but started playing, writing, singing more seriously when I moved away from home @ age 18.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble. Red Rocks, CO. 1982? Does not get any better than this..
What gear do you use?
I play an old Harmony Soverign that I converted for playing lap slide. Guild F-30. Godin electric for recording. Custom lap steel by Tom Pettingill for recording. Custom mandolin made by myself based on a 1929 Martin two point but enlarged for playability and volume. Of course my favorite is the mandolin I built but after that, I love the tone I get out of the cheapest guitar, the old Harmony. Rich and deep and perfect for that acoustic slide sound.
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
PLACE TO PUT A LINK DIRECTLY TO MY MUSIC WEBSITE ! Other than that, it is about perfect. Nice job!!
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
I lived in rural Minnesota so most of my early infleunces were show and pop tunes my Mom would play on the piano. She was my earliest musical influence and what I heard on the radio and what my older siblings would bring home. Loved Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Joni Mitchell, Carol King, Blondie, Elton John, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and what I heard on the TV: Loved Dean Martin, the virtuosity and showmanship of Liberace, Elvis was definately king, to name a few.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I have spent most of my performance life as a solo, folk performer. In college I was in a little pop rock band called "Strapless", mainly to get girls.. ha. I took a 10 year hiatus from my folk and singer songwriter roots to learn the Irish fiddle and eventually became a fiddler and guitarist for the local Celtic band called "The Mighty Bog Frogs". That ended in about 2009 and became the impetus for my to get back to my original calling of the solo singer songwriter, guitarist and vocalist.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
I am not much of a jammer but I would love to sing with Emmy Lou Harris. She is so unique and poetic and I love her phrasing.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
I did a stint as an actor / musician for the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. We played to a full house for three months. Other than that, as a folk musician, to a crowd of about 250 about a month ago, at Florence Winter Folk Festival.
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