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My earliest musical roots were formed listening to Motown, singing and playing Beatle-tunes and soaking up everything I could along with the other nuts in our group of Michigan wanna-be's. I did time as lead vocalist / guitarist in a band called "Auggie's 69th Street Funk." We garnered regional success in the Detroit area - late Sixties, early Seventies. Truly a great group of musicians. Lead guitarist - a Caucasian guy named David Gibbons was one of the best players I'd met at the time, stirring up images of Clapton, Hendrix or Stevie Ray. Our drummer, Alan Ryles was cousin to the original drummer of the Parliament / Funkadelics. He had done cuts on a few of their earliest albums. Bassist Robert (the quiet) Jeeter, was quickly and accurately christened "Bobbin' Robert". He too was fantastically funky. 69th Street's racial and ethnic mix made for a great rhythmic experience - a kind of funky / psychedelic, jam-band groove.
I also did a three year stint in another Michigan group -"Third Race". These guys - Randy Chandler, Jim Hulseman and Steve Moore (each great songwriters in their own right) were the best. The final line-up was completed with the addition of percussionist John Karpslis. In my opinion, this band was ahead of it's time. We each enjoyed our experience in that line-up and remain friends to this day.
In the early Nineties I spent five years as Founder / Director of a Third World non-profit organization Global Mission Alliance (GMA). I had the privilege of traveling to many dire and needy locations, such as; Guatemala, Jamaica and Haiti. We also did relief work in Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria, Africa. These were very informative years as they relate to my current performing and writing - a social and spiritually conscious message is important to me.
A few years ago I reached, and held for several months the number one spot on Mp3.Com for spiritual blues. It was for a song entitled "Crosses.". It was in the height of their 15 minutes of fame. I also placed high on their charts for a number of other blues, folk and rock tracks.