My earliest musical roots were formed listening to Motown, singing and playing Beatles tunes and soaking up everything I could along with the other nuts in our group of Michigan wanna-be's. I did time as lead vocalist/guitarist in a band christened "69th Street Funk." We garnered regional success in Detroit area, late sixties, early seventies. Truly a great group of musicians. Lead guitarist, a Caucasian guy named David Gibbons was one of the best players I'd met at the time, stirring images of Clapton or Hendrix or Stevie Ray. Our drummer, Alan Ryles was cousin to original drummer of the infamous Parliament/Funkadelics. He had done cuts on some of their earliest albums. Bassist Robert (the quiet) Jeeter, was quickly and accurately christened "Bobbin' Robert". He too was fantastically funky. "69th Street's" ethnic mix made for a satisfying rhythmic experience - kind of a funky/psychedelic, jam band groove.
I also did a three year stint in another group, "Third Race". These guys, Randy Chandler, Jim Hulseman & Steve Moore (each great songwriters in their own right) were the best. The final line-up was completed with the addition of percussionist, John Karpslis - these guys were truly ahead of their time. We each enjoyed our experience in that line-up and remain friends to this day.
In the early nineties I spent five years as Founder/Director of a Third World non-profit organization (GMA). I had the privilege of traveling to many dire and tragic locations, such as; Guatemala, Jamaica and Haiti. We also did relief work in Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria, Africa. These were very informative years as they relate to my current performing and writing - a social and spiritually conscious message is my concern.
A few years ago I reached, and held for several months the number one spot on Mp3.Com for spiritual blues. It was for a song entitled "Crosses" (available for download at Reverbnation) It was in the height of their 15 minutes of history and fame. I also placed top of their list for a number of other blues tracks.
I've been writing, recording and performing for as far back as my memory serves me. I love it. As a newer resident of Nashville, I have to say I enjoy this city and I'm looking forward to the interaction that lies ahead here.