Bio

Since first seeing Taj Mahal performing with only a thumb piano on late-night television when I was merely six years of age, I've always had a strong fascination with performing acoustically and “unplugged”. I still remember that occasion like it happened only yesterday, it hit me that hard. After performing my first paid show on drums at the age of fourteen, I performed on bass guitar and drums until the age of twenty when I chose guitar as my main instrument. This led to me performing and touring for a number of years in numerous classic rock bands, but when at home, I always found myself in my studio immersed in the blues recordings of B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, John Hammond, Tom Waits, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter and others. After a time, I decided to follow my true calling and took my career in a direction more associated with Blues and Rn’B. Since then, I've performed countless thousands of shows with Blues-Rock and Rn'B acts like The Shufflehounds, The Acousticats, Nightshift, The River City Rhythm Kings, Mister Lucky and Sugarfoot. Over the last number of years, I've put full concentration on performing as a solo artist, modelling myself after such greats as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, John Hammond, Keb' Mo, Taj Mahal, Delbert McClinton, Tommy Emmanuel, Tom Waits and more. My recorded works include being commissioned by film maker Peter Hill to compose and record a sound track for his independently released movie, "Happy Hour”. I enlisted the formidable talents of The Shufflehounds to be featured on this particular all-instrumental recording. This movie was officially released and saw it’s debut at Colin Lowe Theatre in Canada Place, Edmonton. I have been honoured to appear as a guest musician on a number of other artist’s recordings and I've also composed and recorded two all-original cd’s with my own band at the time, Mister Lucky. Both CDs were well received, with the first of the two attaining national distribution through Indiepool. No less than nine of my songs from these two CDs have received radio play with such local and national broadcasters as CJSR, CKUA and CBC. I've had the honour of hosting a weekly acoustic open stage at The Blues On Whyte, Edmonton’s highly acclaimed premier Live Blues destination. I continue to present my acoustic show in all manner of venues including festivals, house concerts, clubs, private functions and appearing as a featured performer at special events.