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I was born in 1962 in Carrollton, Ga. I attended Carrollton High School and graduated in 1980. I started playing bass guitar during high school and started a band called "Stranger". Despite being underage, we had a gig as the house band at a local bar. The line-up at the first gig was (I think) Mike VanArsdale - Keyboard/Vocal, Jim Ayers - Guitar, Mark Maxwell - Guitar, Mike Flowers - Bass, and Greg Moore - Drums. Mark left the band and VanArsdale switched to guitar and Reed Tanner joined us on Keyboards. There was some more shuffling around of the line-up, but I can't remember any of the details.
In 1980 I joined Bill Moore (Guitar) and Eric Brewton (Drums) to form "Hot Wire". We added Tony Foster on Vocals and started gigging. Eric left the band, Grant Long joined on Drums, and we changed our name to "Hit the Dek". Tony left the band and we added Jim Ayers on Guitar. Around this time (1983) I attended 1 year of college during which Bill left the band and we added Diane Dowis on lead vocals. I then decided to turn my full attention to my music career.
Eric Brewton asked me to join him and Tony Waters in a new band called "Roxx". Alan McBath was the front man. Alan left and we replaced him with Randy Phantom (can't remember his real last name). Roxx never really got off the ground, so I called Grant and we resurrected the "Hit the Dek" moniker with Randy on vocals and Joe Carpenter on guitar. Randy left the band and we replaced him with Ric Christman. This was the band that consumed most of my efforts. We were VERY tight and wrote some pretty good songs, but (as is usually the case) personalities began to clash just as we were starting to generate some label interest.
The break-up of "Hit the Dek" in 1988 took the wind out of my sails, but I had recently married my childhood sweetheart (Sibby Harris) and our son Chris was born a short time later!!! I retired from the music business and went back to college at that point, but after a couple years I joined Ric, Grant and 2 guitarist (Kevin Lyle and Tim Collins) in a band initially called "Last Child". We changed the name to "China White" after 1 gig. Grant left the band and we replaced him with Chuck Smith. Chuck left the band and Grant rejoined. At some point in here I had to come to terms with the fact that I was NOT going to be a famous Rock Star. I got my degree in Chemistry in 1991 and started Medical School (Mercer University) in 1992.
In 1996 I got my M.D. and started a residency program in Pathology. I switched to Internal Medicine in 1998 and my second son Alex was born in 1999. Somewhere in there I got the music "itch" again. I realized that what I missed about music was the creative process (not lugging around equipment). Therefore, I bought some recording gear, learned a few guitar chords, and started writing songs. I completed my medical training in 2001 and spent a brief time in a traditional practice. In 2002 I moved to Tennessee to work as a hospitalist. I built a studio in my basement where I write and record (and re-record and re-re-record...) my own songs and help other people with their projects when they will let me!!!
In 2011 I joined some local musician/physicians (Dr. Mike Elliott - Guitar, Dr. Sean Grace - Vocal, Dr. Jake Saunders - Keyboard, Melissa Greene - Vocal, Bill Lee - Drums) in order to perform at the annual "Doc Rock" benefit concert in Knoxville, TN. We did the first show under the "Risky Business" moniker, but decided to continue beyond what was initially planned as a "one off" performance and changed our name to "Full Tilt". We added percussionist Ed Couvertiere and guitarist Dana Cresci to the line-up about the time Melissa and Mike Elliott left the band. That prompted another name change to "Funk Under Cover" and a focus on Funk and R&B music.