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Hey There....

Not much to say....

Except the basics, I guess.

I've been playing for about 20 years now. My infatuation with the Blues is pretty much what got me into playing in the first place. An introduction to Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" by Will Brady (my teacher and a HUGE player) really got me interested in Jazz in general, Coltrane made me want to try and wrest those sounds out of my own instrument. I'm not having too much success at it yet...

Overall, I'd say I'm more into the subtleties of the instrument, in terms of sound and technique, over the raw, arse-kickin', fret-burning approach. Which is why I'm so crazy about Mark Knopfler's playing. If I could only play like that....

Style-wise, anything born in or descending from New Orleans really catches my ear. I've been flirting with the idea of delving into some country styles as well....

So much to learn, and so little time!

Oh yeah, and the technical stuff...

As far as equipment goes (for those who are interested), I play:

  • A Fender Telecaster (my new #1).
  • A 1957 Fender Statocaster (reissue).
  • A 2000 Gibson ES-335 (the "Tootsie Roll").
  • Through a 1970 "Sam Hutton" Fender Deluxe Reverb with a 15" speaker....
  • ...or a Fender Blues Jr.
  • A PodXT.
  • A Chandler Tube Driver.
  • A little slap-back delay from my Maxon delay pedal.
  • A touch of compression with a Keeley.
  • A Dunlop Crybaby wah pedal (rarely).
  • A Pignose, which I leave at work (for practicing on my lunch hour).
  • A 2003 Gibson J-45 acoustic.
  • A funky little "size 5" Martin parlor guitar.

Now... aren't you glad you asked? ;-)

Musical Influences

  • Will Brady, Mark Knopfler, Tom Waits, B.B. King
  • Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Phish, Steve Earle
  • T-Bone Walker, Magic Sam, Leon Redbone, Derek Trucks

Favorite Recordings

  • Dire Straits, "Communique"; Tom Waits, "Raindogs"; Steve Earle, "The Mountain"
  • Miles Davis, "Kind of Blue"; Tom Waits, "Swordfish Trombone"
  • Jimi Hendrix, "Electric Ladyland"; Phish, "A Picture of Nectar"; Leon Redbone, "On the Track"