Born and raised in Iowa City IA, where he cut his teeth playing at the Mill and the Sanctuary while still in high school, W.T.'s influences include traditional jazz artists like Jack Teagarden and Fats Waller, bluesmen like Bill Broonzy, and the older and more soulful country of the Merles - Travis and Haggard. Then of course there's the peerless Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and a raft of Motown and Stax records. And yes, a lasting Beatles problem. Listening to his sister's Phil Ochs, Tom Rush, Tom Paxton, Carter Family, Dave Van Ronk and Dylan records rounded out his education just a tad.
After moving to Nashville in '74, W.T. has had cuts by Ray Charles, Crystal Gayle, Michael Johnson, Gary Stewart, Ray Stevens, several country acts, and most recently They Call It Love by Bettye Lavette on her classic blues album Scene of the Crime. Robert K. Ohrman described W.T.'s singing style as "sliding around notes like a bluesier Boz Scaggs". W.T. fronted his own band, The Bad Eggs, playing jazz and blues infused music at the Bluebird Cafe and across Nashville, in a mood ranging from mellow to driving R & B, throughout the 8Os. In the 90s he quieted down just slightly, preferring acoustic gigs In the Round at the Bluebird with friends Michael Johnson, Mike Reid, Ellen Britton, and on occasion with Don Henry, Darryl Scott, Michael Lillie (with whom he wrote Kerrville award winning Perfect Strangers) Dana Cooper, and Bill DeMaine and Molly Felder of Swan Dive. W.T. has recently played extensively throughout Indiana and Michigan, and from Florida to New York with much loved partner MJ Bishop http://mjbishopband.com/index.html
W.T. has finally begun a follow up to his most recent CD Tryin' To Be Somebody, and now plays Rounds with his writer pals the Variety Pack (Den Schaefer, Kathy Hussey, and Whit Hill) and as a solo in Nashville and beyond. Definitely enjoying going beyond.