How long have you been playing?
I first picked up a guitar in the Navy in my teens. Practiced it until my fingers were raw. Bought my first guitar and amplifier in the Philippines; it was junk but I didn't know any better. I have been playing now for over 40 years ~ what a ride!
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Doors and Jerry Lee Lewis live at the Forum in Los Angeles ~ memorable that Jerry Lee started to play country and got booed by the freaks, ha, ha. The last concert was Jimmy Hendrix who also performed at the forum when he was with Buddy Miles and Mitch Mitchell ~ Band of Gypsys I remember Jimmy's guitar broke and he used his older Strat and turned the volume up to the max on his stack of Marshal Amplifiers! Heck of a show!!!
What gear do you use?
1968 Fender Duo Sonic II, several steel guitars and many ukuleles
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
For blues, Johnny Winter, Spit James (Keef Hartley Band), Albert King, Mike Bloomfield, Hendrix, Page, Clapton & Santana. Got into them cuz dey wuz playin rock and roll!
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I perform with numerous groups in the styles of Hawaiian (classic, modern), Reggae, Rock, Blues, Latin, Jazz and Pop. Played with hundreds of musicians and countless of groups over the years. And I have concluded that most musicians are crazy, insane free spirits ~ I can't or won't work with most of them and would rather have family men who hold regular jobs as band members; I mean they usually don't have any great musical skills but they show up on time and don't do booze or drugs and enjoy sobriety.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Ha, ha, it would be Joe Pass, the jazz guitar giant ~ whadda playah!
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Played the Las Vegas Arena in front of thousands and have also played very small venues. I have also played fairly large audiences as a Freddy Fender emulator, now dat wuz fun!!!!!!
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Led Zeppelin and Memories of Hawaii by Henry Kaleialoha Allen, steel and jazz guitarist extraordinaire
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