I started playing at age 9 in California. Moved to Germany and by the age of 14 started playing teen clubs for $15 a show. When I moved back to the US I started a band in Northwest Florida called Aerial Railway. One of my band mates was Guitarist Rick Kurtz who went on to play with such notables as Delbert McClinton, T. Graham Brown, Bo Diddly, Chuck Berry, and was a regular guest with The Allman Bros., Huey Lewis and others.
While in Fort Walton Beach I put together a new band with horns doing groove jazz and funk. We soon moved to Birmingham Alabama to join forces with Trippe Thomas and Bongwater Records. The album was never released due to the breakup of the band. My bassist was Jeff Meyers who went on to play with Miles Davis for a short stent and then did several world tours playing bass for Celen Dion.
From B’Ham I went on the road for the next several years playing clubs and venues across the country. I did recording sessions in Atlanta, Central Florida and Los Angeles. The road band included such greats as Vince DiCola on keyboards who has international acclaim for writing movie scores such as Rocky III and The Transformers Movies as well as working with other giants in the music industry.
After several years on the road I moved to Los Angeles to form AXIS and re-unite with Vince DiCola and a new singer named Keith Laundry that had just got off the road singing back up for TOTO. During our time working clubs and studio dates we performed with Bill Champlain, Carmen Grillo, Frank Stallone, and Peggy from the TV Show “Married with Kids” and many others
After AXIS the bassist and I formed a band named BEAU. For a short stint we were the “house band” at Lion Share Studios owned by Kenny Rogers. We had one release that hit in Australia. After the breakup of that band our keyboard player Kimmo Cornwallis went on to play with Patty Austin, Al Jarou, and Hiroshima.
While in LA I did work a few side projects with such as Bay City Rollers and other straight forward recording sessions
I made the move to Texas in 1982 to play the Texas Dance Hall Circuit with “The Drifters of Victoria”. At the time “The Drifters” were the highest grossing band in the dance halls in South and Central Texas. The Drifters were the first organization that brought full concert production into the dancehalls back in the mid-70s. I helped arrange our first single recorded in Austin at Riverside Studios. The song was “Corpus Christi Wind”. After a video was released we hit the Billboard charts at #83. That band enjoyed sharing the stage with band members such as Reggie Whitty and Rob Alexander who both played in Eric Johnson’s band. Big Gigs included Victoria annual Fireworks shows for over 25,000 people
After leaving The Drifters I joined 14K. The members included Jeff Clark, Danny Swinney, Chris Skiles and Scott Hoyt. 14K was more than a band, it was a brotherhood. We won Austin Chron Rock band of the year that year. We did the Aqua fest for about 30,000 + people
After 14K broke I got into business and played occasionally
I stayed focused on building until 1993 that I was asked to help restructure The Kevin Egan band. They had a song on the radio with good rotation. The band Played regional around Houston until we went to Ouray Colorado to open for George Jones. That band spun off to be Derringer. Derringer was a pop county favorite in Mo’s circuit
After Derringer I freelanced for live gigs and session work which bring me to now where I play with a church band, a club band named Siense of the Times, a dance hall band named “The System” and a corporate band called the “Camden Birds”. We play charity events in the name of Camden
1After running into Jeff and him telling me about the project I asked him to keep me in mind. I was thrilled to get the call and now more excited after working with Annie. I Am looking for a special blend of good vibe, great music and just plain FUN.