I come from a musical family, and have been playing guitar since I can remember. Early models were of the plastic variety, but there was always a guitar or piano around. My dad had a huge stereo system in the living room he called “The Monolith.” This thing had twin reel to reel decks, two turntables, and drawers upon drawers of tapes and records. He was a gear head, and a DJ in the USAF while stationed in Japan, where I was born.
The Monolith was loaded with vinyl. They had Elvis, Patsy Cline, John Denver, Johny Mathis, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, the Everly Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, The Hollies, The Doors, Elton John, even Jazz and Big Big Band. I heard all of these and tons more during my childhood, so many musicians swirl around in my musical memory and influence what I play and write.
As a songwriter Simon and Garfunkel, Tom Petty and Mark Knopfler are huge influences. As a guitarist some of my favorites include Alex Lifeson, Angus Young, David Gilmour, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Joe Walsh, Mark Knopfler, Rik Emmet, Walter Becker, and many others.
In the 90s I borrowed a keyboard from my bandmate. It had a built-in sequencer and tons of sounds so I began composing drum tracks and other parts for my first CD, as well as experimenting with electronic music. Some of the latter became Timeless Tales of Yesternever Volume 1. Further experimentation with ambient guitar sounds led to Timeless Tales of Yesternever Volume 2.
A bunch of life and a pandemic brings us to now. On a personal note, my wife and I found some property in the mountains and lived in a 17 foot RV for two summers while building our house. We’ve finally moved in and I’m putting finishing touches on a studio where I intend to do nothing but make more music, so stay tuned!