1954-55 Spokane,WA. My Girlfriend. It was a Bill Hailey & the Comments. I got to meet his guitar player Frannie Beecher.Who was formerly with the Benny Goodman Sextette. He gave the best musical advice I ever had. "Develop your own style".
What gear do you use?
Guild X500, George Benson Ibanez smaller version. I use Polytone Mini Brute amplifiers.also a Talkemine Acoustic guitar with a natural wood top. A boss digital delay pedal
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Howard Roberts, went to 5 day seminar, then became friends. Kenny Burrell for his tone & Beauty, Barney Kessel for his creativity, Joe Pass George Benson, Stuff Smith, Billy Bang
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
right now it is off & on. The Diamonds, Jimmy Dickens, & countless, Western-swing, Rock bands,Show bands,Dixieland bands boyh as a banjo player & guitarist. Some were chance meetings, & some hired me after hearing me play also some hired me by reputation
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Howard Roberts or Jim Hall. They were& are the greatest at what they do.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
2 to 3000 Portland OR, Playing Affirmation at the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival. the sallest was Mama Maria's 3
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?