I began playing guitar 50 years ago. My goal then was to be the next Elvis. But times change and so do music styles as well as aspirations. After a summer in Boston (1971) when I opened for John Lee Hooker and Spencer Davis, I learned that blues men like pizza and that I needed to do something less self-centered than being a full-time folk singer. By the end of the summer I made up my mind to go back to college and eventually graduated from Earlham College with a degree in English and education. (MA, Illinois State) I have been teaching English at one level or another ever since. Currently, I am a part-time member of the English department at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. A wonderful and fascinating place. Here in Minneapolis, I have opened for Utah Phillips and for Greg Brown. I have recorded five albums "One Good Friend,"(1984) "The Passing Years," (1999) "The Beat of Life," (2003) and "House of Cards," (2008) and "Welcome to the Dance" (2011). As I told the manager of the Unicorn Coffee House in Boston years ago, I just want to share my music with a good listening audience. This is not my day job. Still true. I am no longer a member of Flight Risk. A steep increase in bookings, suddenly made it a bad fit for the rest of my life, though I loved the music. Fortunately, drummer Terry Stille (who recruited me) and singer Jen Urbach have graciously added their talents to the new CD. It is called "Welcome to the Dance," and there are a few tracks posted on this site. Jen joins me for live performances as often as she can. All three of us, plus my son Timothy (bass player w/ Very Small Animal) will be on hand for a CD Release Party in September at Coffee Grounds.