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“what did you do before you hired on?” I tell them that I was the music director for PNEUMA, an after school Arts Group. I was the only artist to get the Community Artist in Residence grant three years in a row from the Kentucky Arts Council.
I started playing the trumpet when I went to Brown School. I bought a guitar from doo-wop Shop, with my paper route money and started teaching myself. I started hanging out with Eric Gage, John Gage's oldest son. He started playing bass and we then started messing with all of John's Sound equipment from KY Homefront. My Father showed me some chords and I was around John Gage a bunch, when I first started playing. I learn by ear and have never studied written music. I serve two masters. I love folk and Bluegrass/ old time. I have taught and played African Music for almost 20 years. It’s like my study, The banjo has its roots in Africa so I guess that’s the string tying it all together.
I am very busy with my Railroad Job and it doesn't allow me much time to get a group together. I play for my wife and son. I plan to record another CD of tunes this summer. I am focusing on broader issues. I am the secretary Treasurer for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Local 78, so Unions and corporate greed are on my mind more and more.