steal a line from Bill Cosby, I started out as a child. My first
ambition was to be a cartoonist. Actually, my first ambition was
to be a cowboy. Then a cartoonist. Then the Beatles happened and
everything changed. I would get a drumstick, and keep a beat to
the records on the head of my dad's banjo (I wasn't supposed to).
There was a guitar hanging around the house which my aunt had
found in a garbage can and given to my dad, and I began fooling
around with it, teaching myself chords from a Nick Manoloff instruction
book. I was enrolled in group guitar lessons, which to my
disappointment, were for the Hawaiian (lap) steel guitar.
out it was a good introduction to some of the basics of music
and notation. I switched to "regular" guitar and wrote
my first song at age 11. Don't ask. First band at 13. At 15 I
was beginning to incorporate some of the jazz chords I was learning
into my songs. Discovered Joni Mitchell and Billie Holiday, dug
Pink Floyd and Dan Hicks.
age 16 I was in a little band, "Caught In The Act",
playing what would now be called "unplugged", doing
rock & roll, a bit of folk and jazz, and some of my originals.
Played around the (SF Bay) peninsula wherever they would have
us. Went to a bunch of concerts. Then I escaped to the country,
went to the top of a mountain to get a better view, and decided
to set up camp and wait for the digital revolution, which would
give the tools of professional sound recording to the masses.
Kept writing songs. Reckon I've got a pile of 'em, now.
produced a comedy radio show called "The Remote Bros. Comedy
5 1/2 years in the 90's for KMUD-FM. Some of the people that contributed
to the show: Weird Al Yankovic, Flip Wilson, Wavy Gravy, Father
Guido Sarducci, members of The Firesign Theatre. I
wrote a bunch of comedy material, too. I engineered and co-produced
an album, "Both of Me" for renowned fingerstyle guitarist
and "Acoustic Guitar" columnist Dale
Miller. I've done
gigs sharing the bill with David Crosby, Los Lobos, John Trudell,
String Cheese Incident, Jorma Kaukonen, JJ Cale, and Richie Havens.
And I've just-finally!-finished my first CD of all original
More to come . . .