My treck into music started with a door to door accordion salesman. I was 7. Played the squeeze box until I was 10. I got a used guitar from my dad (who played), and started to learn chords. Than I learned the 'New" Beatles tunes coming from England. By the time I was 11, I was ready for more, but not the accordion, that was and probably still is, in a closet somewhere in a house in Walnut, Cal. My dad bought me a piano and I started transferring all of the chords I learned on guitar to piano, than all of the Beatles songs I could now play on piano. I started playing music with freinds from that time on. I didn't take lessons, I just tried to make myself sound good with whomever I was playing with. I do prefer a group situation, coz I like playing off of other people. That's how I became a musician.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
In the late 60's, I went to the Stones, they had two openers: BB King and Ike & Tina Turner. That set in stone what I had to do with my life.
What gear do you use?
I use 3 keyboards in my rig. One for piano, middle for B3 and the top for synth solo sounds. Piano is Yamaha P200 or Kurzweil PC88. B3 is Nord Electro 2 73 key. The Solo keyboard is Kord N364 or Kurzweil K200. I use multiple keys as I use them all, almost all of the time. I invented my own pedal board that lets me control the sustain on up to 4 keyboards at once individually. Also the pedal board has a switch for Leslie speed and volume for the organ.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Hendrix. Jeff Beck. Santana. Peter Gabriel. And everyone I've ever heard.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I'm currently in 2 full- time bands and I sub for groups. I play with 7th Sons and Cold Comfort Blues and I sub for Big Papa and the TCB while they are between piano players.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Hendrix. Tal Wilkenfield. Jeff Beck. Clapton.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Around a thousand people was the biggest at a concert in Japan for the troups with my band Almond Roca. The smallest was with another band and our wives were there. One of my most memorable was the Inland Blues Festival. I got to play with my blues band, Cold Comfort Blues, than on the same bill got to play with Big Papa and the TCB. Than Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers closed the show. What was cool is I got to do Double duty.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?