Thank you for taking the time to have this interview with IMAAI.
Tell us about your music.
My music is a culmination of all my favorite artists, genres and songs swimming around in my head. I grew up in a music-rich household where Classics, Country, Folk, R&B and Rock was always being played. When I look closely at my own writing and albums, I can see bits
When did you start performing?
I started playing guitar at 8 years old. By the time I turned 21, I was playing for a living in bars
along the Southern California Coastline. In 1995, I was fortunate to play guitar and sing
background vocals for the Wilson Sisters, Carnie & Wendy, (daughters of Beach Boy founder
Brian Wilson) on a few TV performances and radio station tours. I recorded my first Album in 1995 called ”Fish Fry”;. By 2000, I was contracted with my band, Clockwork, to play at the famous Mirage and Bellagio Casinos in Las Vegas for several years. By 2006, I recorded my second Album called,”Dichotomy”. By 2010, I moved to Nashville, TN and focussed on co- writing with long time friend, Ken Orsow. In 2017, I met dear friend and record producer, Chad Mauldin. 2018 saw the release of my third Album,”No Standing Waves”;. Since then, I’ve recorded three more albums with Mauldin as producer. I’ve been playing professionally my
whole adult life.
What do you consider to be your hometown and how does that affect your music?
I’m from North East Texas. I grew up in a small rural community in Wood County, on land that has been passed down from three generations outside a little town called, Golden. When I was young, my dreams were big. MTV had just launched and there was a sense of innocence with music. I’m so very glad that I grew up in a small community. I got to experience a large family’s love with many Holidays surrounded by relatives. Folks care for one another here. I will always have a small town heart. So, of course that affects
What performers have been your inspiration?
I’ve been greatly inspired by so many players, singers and writers from different genres over my
lifetime. I’d have to say that these are worth noting from my heart: Mark Knopfler from the famed band, Dire Straits. Possibly one of the most singular sounds of my lifetime. I can hear two notes and KNOW that’s him playing. He has a sweet touch to the instrument that resonates with me and his lyrics are sincere, genuine and yes.. innocent. He
often writes lyrics from a young lad’s perspective. ”Tunnel of Love” was written about a boy who meets a girl at a carnival. I too, had that experience when I was a boy.
Willie Nelson. Perhaps one of my favorite story tellers. I believe everything that he sings. He’s an absolutely brilliant guitarist.
Tom Petty. I believe he is a Genre unto himself. Everything about his music makes me feel
Brad Delp. The late singer for the band, Boston. My favorite rock singer. Not just because he was a master of his instrument or that he could sing really high. It was because he still sounded like a man when he was up there and most of all, his sweet character and heart was present in every note he sang. Not only did I hear the voice, I saw the man. That profoundly impacted me. I decided that above all, I wanted to positively affect people in the same way Brad inspired me. I met Brad Delp backstage in 1993 and was blown away at how kind he was to me. Just 30 mins earlier, I reached up from the first row. He took my hand and I almost didn’t let go! Thank you Brad Delp
What do you base your success on?
For me, I was helpless in the act. I didn’t choose music as a career, IT CHOSE ME. There was no other way around it. I mean, I developed skills in carpentry, auto mechanics and just being excellent at any endeavor because I was taught that when I did something, I did it right. But, there was never a backup plan for me. It was always going to be music. I’ve played a million bar gigs, weddings, casino gigs, private parties and patio gigs to pay the bills while I recorded my albums and promoted my music to the world. I strongly recommend that artists and musicians learn a second and third stream of income as it will serve them during the lean times. I believe to truly make it in music, you must have a childlike love for it. Almost
rediscovering it everyday. My Mother would say to me, ”Always have a song in your heart”.
What was your latest musical release?
My current single today is called ”;High to Ride”. it’s the title-track to my new LP, (High to Ride).
When you’ve been stuck so long and you need a new perspective, a new view, something spiritually to lift you up.. you need a new ”High to Ride”
Do you have any news to share?
On September 22nd, my complete new Album ”High to Ride” dropped!
Lastly, please share some final words with the fans.
Thank you for the opportunity to share with your readers and thanks to all that have taken time to learn a little bit about me.