Im 50 years old, and have been playing guitar for 35 of them. I am self taught, and grew up listening to my Mother play piano in Church. As i got older I started listening to Cream, The Beatles, Peter Frampton, Led Zeppelin, and Van Halen. Those guys are my main influences, but there are so many more. The thing I love about the guitar is that there is no way to learn everything about it. Each day presents a possibility to come up with something that you didnt know before. Its therapy, and I(ve been told more than once that I needed it...;>)
What was the first concert you ever went to?
ZZ Top 1977 with my brother Dwayne. Twas awesome!!!
What gear do you use?
Martin D15 Wolfgang Peavey Fender Strat Fender Telecaster Wolfgang is my main ax.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Clapton is where I got my groundwork. I was smitten with his blues improvisations. They just builded and builded until they just took your head off. Frampton's phrasing and mixing jazz with blues really affected me a lot. The Humble Pie Fillmore album still is one of my all-time favorites, he just slays on that one. Edward Van Halen finished me off. Eddie's blues roots combined with his amazing technique is by far the most impressive thing I have ever heard then and now. No one moves me quite lke Eddie. So many others though...Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page are huge influences as well. Too many to type...
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Many many cover bands...I just play along with my son today and sit in on the occasional gig. I do a LOT of writing, and am currently thinking about putting something new together in the near future.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Thats a tough one...I guess I would have to say Eddie Van Halen, just to show him what a mess he made of me...lol
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
4000 people largest and two people in a cafe...my most important and memorable by far was performing with my son live for the 1st time. Nothing better than that.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Fair Warning Van Halen Bought it as soon as it came out. I was a fan from the 1st album, but that one is my favorite. Eddies playing is so aggressive and wild,as well as the songs. Perfect record.