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My love of music began in fourth grade with violin lessons and the school orchestra. I then played saxophone in the junior high band and briefly took private piano lessons. At the age of 16 I found and old electric guitar in my grandfather's closet and started learning how to play. In those days, I learned and listened to mosly hard rock and heavy metal. In my early twenties I played in the popular Chicago alternative band Huckleberry and the progressive hard funk/rock band Lukka Brazi. Around that time, a friend turned me on to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
That love of blues was immediate and the impact was profound. I dove headfirst into the Blues and began learning the styles of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, T-Bone Walker, and The Allman Brothers; as well as drawing from other forms of music such as gypsy jazz, country, and fusion. In 1997-2000 I played with the blues/jam band Vida Blues, which has played everywhere from the Taste Of Chicago to Famous Dave's Blues and Ribs to numerous shows at Life's Too Short and a weekly stint at Lilly's. After leaving Vida Blues I performed regularly with local musician (and soon thereafter wife!) Stephanie, doing acoustic-duo shows all over Chicagoland. I began honing my acoustic guitar, finger picking, slide, and resonator chops and performed as a solo acoustic blues musician. I also began filling in as a side man for great Chicago blues performers like Dawn O'Keefe Williams and Ronny and the Rockits, as well as doing shows on both guitar and bass with Jen Dainton.
I considered myself a guitar player until I discovered Lucinda Williams, from whom I learned the power of writing great songs with great lyrics. Even to this day I think a lot of songs I write have her fingerprints on them. She's as much an influence on me as a musician and writer as Stevie Ray Vaughan or Santana are as a guitar player. I always try to find unique and creative ways to say what I need to say, in a singable, rhythmic way.
After moving to Orlando in 2003 Stephanie and I continued the acoustic-duo shows for a while, promoting our CD "Zeyer" and continued writing songs. For several years we both performed at EPCOT with the Norwegian band (Stephanie full time, me as a sub).
Lately I've started getting back into rock, metal, shred and fusion - my taste in music continues to grow wider. I taught myself to read music and started building a repertoire of jazz standards. While I haven't been able to get out and gig lately, I've been diligently working on woodshedding and writing. As the years roll by, my love of music continues to grow, and I want to share that with the world through my unique lens.