I started when I was nine years old on that fateful day my folks presented me with the acoustic guitar with strings so high off the neck it would make my fingers bleed for the next two years, until they relented and got me a less cruel instrument. I was inspired to get into playing by my older cousins, uncles and my grandfather who was a country recording artist in the 40s, 50s and 60s. When he passed in 1978 we found his cabin in the backwoods of Tupelo, Mississippi and it was full of sweet vintage Teles and Fender amps. It was like finding the Holy Grail. The heavens parted and the die was cast.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
New Years Eve '80/'81 at Midsouth Coliseum in Memphis, TN. I went with my cousin, Will Butler, whose uncle worked the spotlight at the coliseum, to see ZZ Top and Grand Funk Railroad, a respectable introduction to rock, I believe.
What gear do you use?
My mainstay is an early nineties Epiphone Sheraton Hollowbody. I got it in '92 and it is still the go to guitar for me. I also play a variety of Strats and Teles. Typically I run through a Fender Bandmaster with a two 12" cabinet.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Steve Howe, Robert Fripp and David Gilmour. I was bitten by the prog bug early on by my elder uncles and cousins.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I am in several bands. Xilehom is a progressive pop rock collective with Wendy Semple, Deidre Vaughan Emerson, Jane Sentner and Jeff Mulvahill. I am with Set The Controls a tribute to Pink Floyd. I play with Elvis tribute artist Scot Bruce.
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