about me . . .
I was born and raised in St Louis, Mo. Began playing guitar in high school. USAF 1967 to 1971. Finished my degree at the U of Mo at St Louis under the GI Bill. Bought my first dobro in 1973 for $250. I learned to play by listening to Josh Graves with Flatt & Scruggs, and from Mike Auldridge's first dobro album.
1975 moved to Dallas, Tx to take a job as an auditor with the Dept of Defense. I soon hooked up with the bluegrass band Salt Creek Express and recorded an album with them.
By the 1980s I was writing dobro instrumentals. On a business trip to Washington DC I took a cassette of 3 originals to the Birchmere Restaurant where the Selcom Scene played. I met Mike Auldridge and gave him my cassette. He was super nice. I received a very complimentary letter from Mike soon after. We were casual acquaintances from then until his death in December 2012.
I was SO honored to have Mike play on my CD. He requested to play on a swing number. So . . . I wrote a swing number. Mike was in the DC studio recording his part in August 2012, when he was dying from a long bout of cancer. He passed away in December.
I knew Robin Macy, founder of the Dixie Chicks. I recorded with the Chicks on their song Christmas Swing. I recorded on many albums by local Dallas artists.
In Dallas I was part of DAMN, the Dallas Acoustic Musician's Network, a big name for the players in
Charli Alexander's Sunday Jam, which has been going now for 40 years !
I retired in 2007 and began working to record 21 original songs, mostly dobro, but a few guitar numbers too.
I had many great Dallas musicians playing on my CD.
In 2012 I moved to Portland, Or. I've hooked up with many fine musicians in Portland to play bluegrass, jug band, blues, gypsy, country, and early jazz standards.
My other interests include pre-Columbian cultures. I've traveled to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru to visit the ancient sites.
I've dabbled in wood carving and stained glass.