How old were you? Started late with songwriting, but started writing poetry at around age 13...turned poetry into songs at around 22 years old. How did you become a musician?
I lived in a rooming house, we were all bartenders...I was the only person that couldn't play guitar. They remedied that. One of them had a weekly gig, and insisted that I start coming around, so I did.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Charlie Daniels Band - 1994, went with some cowboy ppl. We got in a car wreck on the way...and went anyways.
What gear do you use?
Got a bunch of guitars not worth mentioning, and a bunch of vocal device tricks that are almost broken, but my pride and joy is my Martin acoustic and Composite Acoustic cutaway. My favorite though...is my first guitar, which is a headstock cracked Waldon acoustice that fell off the back of a truck and slid down the highway..my father fixed it, and it still plays okay. But it's just hangin up on a wall. I don't use it, it's not acoustic electric. I have my eye on a Gibson J45, when I get it, I'll retired (keep) the Martin. I have an old glass gun case, the Martin will go in there on display.
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Axl Rose and Elton John. Best friend turned me on to GNR, my sister showed me Funeral for a Friend by elton john when I was 14 or so...never looked back. These guys are world class songwriters. I have a thousand local heroes too (Paul Murphy, Chad Tetford, Gord Downie)...but they are the big ones, Elton and Axl. God bless em.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Yes...Rising Waters. Live and breathe it.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
2500 ppl at Riverfest...and the least was a waitress at a bar that nobody showed up at...it's 4 of us, and one of her, but we played like there was 10,000. Shit happens.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?