I have had a lifelong love of music and outside of being a husband and father, there's not much that I enjoy more than performing in a live setting. I am first and foremost a singer. I also play guitar (electric and acoustic) and drums. I write, sing and play cover and original music from many genre's. I always push to entertain and my heart felt renditions pack more energy and emotion into one verse than some can muster through an entire show.
When I was a young boy, I was singing in the back seat of the car while mom delivered us somewhere. I was singing along to the radio and upon the end of the song, my mother complimented my singing. That memory has been with me since and I use it as inspiration to continue to improve and impress. Just a few years after that, I was at a friends house and I picked up his guitar. John Denver's "Wildfire" was playing on the radio and figured out on the spot how to play along. This is another of my earliest musical memories.
I bought my first drum kit when I was 15 and I played it for 10 years. I played drums and sang in my first "band". That band was called Sweetwater Drive and it consisted of Dave Wilder, Sam French (Homemade Jam & Georgia Power Trio), Jason Funk and myself. We were a cover music group and we also played originals. We played in my basement for months and we did one show.
Alter Ego was the next group to achieve "show" status. Brian Brown, Kevin Blake, Tim ?? and myself. We did a handful of shows and made some pretty good original music too. We were mostly a cover group but we were trying hard to get an album done. I got into Karaoke in the late 80's, singing as often as I could and finding all the Karaoke competitions I could. I did manage to win a few.
I owned an operated a DJ / Karaoke entertainment company from 91 to 97. This is where I taught myself how to sing. Two and three nights a week for 6 years gave me a ton of practice. Then, in 1997, I moved to South Florida and dropped completely out of the music scene for 7 years to get married and start a family.
Life events unfolded to bring me back to GA in 2003. 6 months later, I was singing again. I went to a handful of Karaoke shows at first and ran into some old friends from back in the day. One of them knew of a band that was looking for a singer and that's how I got back into fronting bands.
Scalded Dog kicked off my "modern era". We were a HOT group for a while. SD was Joe Odom, Joe Rabold, Glenn Thrift and myself. From 2004 to 2006, we rang up 100 shows and torched the seats at many a club all over GA.
Later in 2006, after the dog died, I formed LEVITY with Jason Bell, Brad Johnson and Erik Viel. Over the next two years we did 100 shows and made some GREAT music. We played a bunch of good classic rock covers and we had a 5 song original music CD that we recorded at RexTrax. Lots of great memories with LEVITY.
After LEVITY I was ready to take a break but I got a call from someone needing a singer for an all original band. Welcome to New Day Sun. NDS was Doug Epstein, Allen Bell, Mike ??, Eric Amos and myself. We did a handful of shows and made some fun music and great memories.
Next, I was invited to start a new group with Mike Long, Albin List, John Coggins and Roger Terrell. Atomic Wizard only did about 30 shows. We were strictly covers.
In November of 2010, I was invited to check out a group that needed a singer. Shortly thereafter, I was the new front man for Drowning Creek. As of this posting we're just now really starting to kick some serious arse. DC is Gary Dennis, Kyle Dennis, Joe Perrone, David Pena and myself. We're a hard hitting rock group. We're now adding original music and hoping to take the planet by storm any minute now.... ;) DC has a full line of merchandise has an impressive package to offer fans, listeners, patrons and customers.
Back in December of 2011, I got a call from Sam (French), he knew of a band that needed a drummer. (Sam has heard me play drums more than most and we've always been fans of each others gifts.) I sat in with the group that needed the help and we played together opening for Sam on NYE. Look for Wylde Hogz. and come check out a heapin' helpin' of the blues. Mostly covers with an original or two.