I grew up listening to big band and country particularly on many trips to my mother's family in Arkansas and Texas. I've had several country bands where I was the lead singer/songwriter and rhythm guitarist. In 2006 I took up the dobro and began playing leads for the first time. In 2009 I added mandolin. I was a drummer from the age of 12 until songwriting became my pre-imminent form of expression in the '60s to the present. I'm affiliated with BMI.