bio

Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois. The first music I remember hearing and liking as a little kid was my older brother’s LP of Johnny Cash’s Sun hits.

At twelve years old I had a friend who got me started listening to his brother’s old Beatles records. Shortly thereafter picked up the guitar and taught myself some chords. My musical taste evolved and I cut my teeth on punk rock/new wave/indie rock. I started writing songs and playing in bands when I was fifteen years old.

In the 1980s and 1990s I lived in Iowa, where I played in a band called the Hollowmen. Played a lot of gigs, wrote a lot of songs, put out a few records, toured the west coast, made some good friends. After that band ended I attended the University of Iowa and got a degree in visual art.

I’d fallen in love with San Francisco on my first visit, and moved to the bay area in the mid 1990s. It was around that same time that my musical interests shifted to classic country music.

I released two CDs of my original music in 1999 and 2002. In the 2000s I toured the UK and Europe twice with Scottish country singer John Miller. I also got married and started a family. Beginning in 2003 I took some time away from music altogether.

A few years ago I began to play out again, as a sideman in my friends’ bands. In 2011 I released another CD of my own music, Wine Stained Heart, that I think stands as my best musical work.

In 2015 I relocated to Portland, OR.

2016 was a slack musical year, as I took another break from performing & recording during that transition. One notable exception: the Hollowmen regrouped for a few shows and an ongoing recording project.

Now it’s 2017 and I’m looking to get back to some regular gigging. Watch the calendar for upcoming shows.