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I began my musical journey on a farm in Tennessee, about 90 miles southeast of Nashville.
My dad had brought an old Harmony flattop guitar home from Korea where he was stationed
during the war. It had a severely bowed neck but I learned to play chords in the first position.
I never took lessons but just accompanied myself singing the songs of the Beatles,
Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Denver and James Taylor.
I didn't develop an appreciation for country music until much later although my dad played it
constantly on the radio every morning. He usually listened to the Grand Ole Opry every
By the time I was 14, you never saw me too far from a guitar. My friends and I formed a
band in junior high school and played a few gigs at parties and whatever we could get
through our parents work and friends.
I remember one of our first gigs was a dance for a correctional school for girls. "The guards
literally locked us and the inmates in the gym along with a load of visiting male inmates
brought there for the dance." Talk about your captive audience!
I continued to expand my repertoire through high school, mostly to impress chicks. Of
course,we always sang in church, since I can remember, so I knew a lot of songs from the
Old Southern Gospel Hymnbooks.
I went to college in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where I formed a bluegrass trio. I had also
grown up hearing and singing traditional bluegrass music. We played in a little place called
the Filling Station where they served draft beer and sub sandwiches, We made $25 dollars
a night and all we wanted to eat and drink.
After college I enlisted in the Air Force, all the while continuing to play music. My first
assignment was Austin, Texas about the time Waylon & Willie and the progressive country
music movement was hitting. So I got a cowboy hat with feathers on it and started playing
outlaw country music.
The USAF sent me to Italy and I played there too. My overseas performances have included
concerts in Aviano and Portenone, Italy, the Nice Country Music Festival in Nice, France and
a live broadcast on Italian radio "Senso Unico".
I married a Texas girl and we stayed in Austin when I got out of the service. My wife,
Dorene, and I have been married going on 27 years and have three children. We have two
sons, Lukas and Jeremy and a daughter, Dorianne. The kids and I play music and sing
together whenever we can.
I had several bands in Austin that were able to tour the southwest. I toured with George
Strait and Aaron Barker, and have shared the stage with many stars of country music
including Reba McIntyre, Earl Thomas Conley,Johnny Rodriguez, the Belamy Brothers,
Eddy Raven, Augie Meyers, Dottsy, Becky Hobbs, David Wills, Larry Gatlin, Johnny Bush
and Rockin' Sidney.
I now make my home in Bandera, Texas, as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
So I have been performing about 30 years in a variety of venues and musical genres
including everything from performing as a single songwriter to writing, producing and
recording a movie score as well as acting as an extra in "Texas Silver Zephyr" filmed in and
I performed with western swing fiddler Alvin Crow in conjunction with Crow's Floresville
community residency program in 2002.
I currently work with the band "Drugstore Cowboys", a country/rock group based in San
Antonio, Texas. I also perform as a single in various venues around the Texas Hill Country
including 'Cowboy Suppers' at the Mayan Dude Ranch and the Flying L Guest ranches in
Bandera, Enchanted Springs Ranch in Boerne and in many San Antonio schools as part of
their Western Days enrichment programs .
My singing cowboy history program has taken me to children's museums in Houston, Austin
and San Antonio as part of the "Bandera on the Road" tourism program.
I have been writing songs since my college days and have had songs recorded by the
Almost Patsy Cline Band, the Drugstore Cowboys, the Carolina Band, Donny D. Williams,
the Family Tradition, Roadway, Southern Exposure and Steiner Albrightsen of Norway.
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