Started piano lessons at the age of 6, continuing until the end of high school. Studied privately with internationally known teacher Alice Hackett. Joined my first band in college in 1969, and have played professionally ever since. Currently playing in 2 bands.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Aside from classical events I attended as a child, the first big rock act I saw live was Cream in 1968. It was a fantastic experience!
What gear do you use?
I own a full computer-based home recording studio running Digital Performer on a Mac Pro. I have a Kuzweil PC2x in the studio, and a Korg SV-1 for live. I own more than three dozen virtual instruments that reside in the computer.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Without question, the Beatles. They were the best at both writing and recording rock and roll records. I got into them the instant I heard "I want to hold your hand" on the radio in 1964.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I'm in two bands currently. Wheelhouse is a working rock and blues band that plays originals and selected covers of classic and contemporary blues, rock and R&B. HipKnosis is a recording act doing all original tunes. It's a contemporary rock pop band lead by singer and writer Heather Kelly and Kirk Kaufman. I play keys for them, as well as providing songwriting and some production duties on their records. Previously, in the 1980s, I was in the band Hawks which made two albums for Columbia Records. We charted on the Billboard top 100 in 1981, and my song, It's All Right, It's OK, made the AOR charts that same year. The Hawks were inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame in 2007. I also play many casuals as a pianist.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
It would be great to play with John Lennon.....
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
I performed at the Notre Dame Jazz festival in 1970 for about 18000 people. Played for a crowd near that size with the Hawks at the Iowa State Fair in 1981.
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