I guess the music thing really got me big when
my father bought me a Harmony guitar 13 years ago for Christmas... I
had a lot of fun learning all the oldies that I could...used to dress
up like Buddy Holly all the time and come out singing a song to
everyone in the living room.
I had a hard time with the "F" chord when I was
little...those little hands just don't do that chord...now my thumb
helps me play!
After that, I got a Squire Stratocaster, and
when I was about 9 years old, went and saw Jonny Lang playing at
Ironworld here on the range...he came into the crowd wireless and
played right in front of me...it was very very cool....and I guess
that's what really got me started on blues.
I stole the CD from my dad when we got home and
got a million percent hooked on it. I was trying to learn
everything...how to sing them blues the right way...all the
Finally, after I started getting used to it, I
wanted to try new stuff. I had heard that Jonny Lang was supposed to
be another SRV (and until now, I didn't realize that's what they
compared every young blues guitar slinger to...including myself) so I
checked out some CD's that my dad had lying around.
So I got to be pretty good at that...and wanted
a band...so I put an ad in the paper, and found Kevin...played with
him for about 4 years now...I remember my sister telling me some old
guy called and wanted to play drums...turns out young Kev just had a
Bought me a better guitar...and I worked and
worked...found Joe this year (2003) and here we are today...getting
better and trying our best to be the best we can.
Currently, my gear of choice is my heavily
Modified Mexican Strat which includes-Texas Special Pickups, an LSR
roller nut, a Red Moto PG, a .049 Cap, Graph Tech saddles. I run this
into my effects, which in usual use go guitar-Compressor(on and off I
use a Milkbox DOD compressor)-Crybaby 535Q wah-TS9DX Ibanez
Tubescreamer-Carvin Vintage tube 33 amplifier.... now, on the CD I
use a Vibrolux. I highly recommend getting a Fender reissue tube amp.
I don't have one cause I wasn't smart years ago. but I like the
Carvin just fine.
Other guitars- Gretsch 3900 hollowbody historic
series, badly modified Squire Strat (too many mods to explain on this
one) , and a Mako Les Paul that I got for free and fixed.
Acoustics...I'd like a Gibson Cutaway Jumbo, but I use a
Stratacoustic at this point.
Some people that have influenced me include-
Rufus Thomas, Buddy Holly, Sha Na Na, Eric Clapton, Hanson, Jonny
Lang, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Mel Torme',
Harry Connick Jr., John Coltrane... I could go on