|Welcome to my music
Website! The purpose of this site is to
introduce myself to the Saratoga Springs, NY area musical community
having recently moved from the musically dead (for me anyway) Virginia
Eastern Shore. Before moving to the Virginia Eastern Shore, I
spent most of my adult life in one of the world's music Meccas, the
Boston, Massachusetts area. Having settled my part-time employment and
living situations I am now ready to hit the music scene!
|Membership in a band performing original
and/or cover blues, R & B, folk, alternative pop music in various
venues in upstate New York. I am open to a verity of musical
situations from back yard parties to music festivals. My goal is
to play more good music and have fun doing it before I die!
|I started music late in life and have been playing in a
verity of situations since 1992. I started out playing Bob Dylan
songs on acoustic guitar then studied part-time with two semester long
series of private lessons on jazz guitar. I greatly disappointed
my instructor as far as being the next Joe Pass but the theory learned
has been invaluable.
My first band was a bassist in a 10 piece soul/R&B band in the Commitments style called Soul Struck then as a guitarist then bassist of a mostly original alternative pop band called The Next in which I started writing original material. Then on to my first blues band The Daily Grind which gigged a bit and generally had fun. After this I moved on to a New Hampshire rock/R&B band called Rattlesnake Shake which did some gigging in the White Mountains. From here I started gigging much more with various blues and R&B bands beginning with The Rampage Trio which gigged all over northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire then moving to The Charlie Dee Blues Band which introduced me to a real strong leader heavy gigging regional level blues band. Charlie Dee was and is a regionally well known blues guitarist/vocalist. This is also where I was recorded on a released CD Bloodshot Blue Eyes which was a recording of two live radio broadcasts from the Blues Deluxe show of WJUL (University of Massachusetts-Lowell) in 1997 and 1998. Another band The Bridge was basically Charlie Dee's rhythm section backing a guitarist/vocalist that did some gigging in the Fitchburg, Massachusetts area.
While continuing with Charlie Dee I started a long term relationship with the blues band Shaky Deal which developed into a significant gigging blues band playing shows in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. We made 2 CDs Shaky Deal (1999) and Live at the Chicken Bone (2002). My participation in this band would last until I moved to Virginia in August 2003.
Meanwhile I was also playing bass for another 10 piece soul/R&B band Soul Out which gigged fairly often including several weddings which I enjoyed quite a bit. During this time I also was doing sound work for mostly the rock band See No Evil. For about a year I was playing with Charlie Dee, Shaky Deal, Soul Out, doing sound work, and working 60+ hours a week as a software engineer. It was intense but what a trip!
For more information see my profile and individual band pages.
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