I started playing piano at age 7 and at 9 played trumpet in brass competitions up through high school. I also learned how to play bass. I started college at Purdue University to play in a folk rock band. I then shifted over to bluegrass after hearing and becoming friends with JD Crowe and the New South, establishing a life-long friendship. I ran sound for him at Arnie’s Pub, where the New South played six nights a week for six-week stints every winter I was in college.
I toured the hotel lounge circuit, tri-state night clubs and ran festival sound through-out college with The Homestead Band ( five-piece traditional and contemporary bluegrass with my eventual wife). Upon graduation, I ended up moving to Chicago to play and tour with Jethro Burn and his various iterations. I returned to grad school at Ball State and continued playing the lounge and festival circuit with my banjo playing partner in the Dusty Rose Band and eventually migrated to Lexington Kentucky, where I still reside.
Over the next 20 years, I managed a sound company and served as a session musician / band member, while supporting the efforts of my partner, who played banjo for The New Coon Creek Girls till 1992. I remarried in 2000 and moved to Louisville to run my business. I slowed down my music career to concentrate on that. After severely breaking a hand in 2003, I took a 15-year hiatus and finally began playing again in 2018. My interests shifted to jazz, western swing, and blues as a means to relearn my instrument and rehab playing as a session musician.
Bands, Sound Companies and Festival Promotions:
Panther Mountain Express. Folk and Bluegrass 74-76
Homestead Traditional & Contemporary Bluegrass 76-79
Jethro Burns Jazz and Swing Backup Group 79-81
Dusty Rose Sound Company Festival and Outdoor Events Sound 81-85
Dusty Rose Band Contemporary Bluegrass and Swing 82-84
Dix River Productions Sound, Show Management and Logistics 85-2004
The New Coon Creek Girls, Bluetown, JD Crowe & the New South, Bluegrass Cardinals, Larry Stevenson, Osborn Brothers, John Michael Montgomery, Exile, Les Taylor, Breedings Music Club, The Corner Pocket Music Club, Meadowgreen Music Park, Montgomery & Gentry,
Highbridge Band Contemporary Bluegrass 87-89
Red Mile Bluegrass Festival Bluegrass Festival, Lexington, KY 89-93
Bluetown Traditional Bluegrass 90-93
Osborn Bros Bluegrass Fest. Bluegrass Festival, Hyden, Kentucky 90-94
Red Mule Bluegrass Fest. Bluegrass Festival, Berea, Kentucky 94-97
Thunder & the Hosscats Blues and Western Swing 95-97
The Blue Dawg Band Swing and Contemporary Bluegrass 97-2001
JD Crowe Bluegrass Fest. Bluegrass Festival, Wilmore, Kentucky 2000-04