How long have you been playing?
I learned my first chords on the guitar when I was six but began playing seriously when I was sixteen after the death of my mother and I relocated to Nichols, SC. I wrote my first song when I was eight by humming the tune and singing the lyrics to my mom's cousin, a professional songwriter, while we were visiting him in Bluefield, WV. He notated the music and sent it off for copywrite and gave it to me. The song was based on the popular hit by Johnny Horton, "Springtime in Alaska". My song was titled "Summer in Alaska". I come from a family of musicians, both of my brothers, mother and father played professionaly. My oldest brother, Harold, toured with many Nashville stars, was a Nashville steel guitar session player and producer. My mother had 7 brothers and sisters who all played music. One sister, Dottie, toured with Roy Rogers side kick, Gabby Hayes. Another, Sue, now in her 80's, is still playing country western and yodeling to this day.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
I don't recall the actual first concert I attended because I was taken to country western concerts of touring Grand Ole Oprey stars throughout the 50-60's. I can recall seeing Kitty Wells, Johnny and Jack, George Jones, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Tex Ritter, LIttle Jimmy Dickens, The Wilburn Brothers, Loretta Lynn, Clyde Moody, Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, Don Gibson, and many, many more. Many of these folks knew my mother personally and visited our home in Charleston, SC after some of the concerts. I recall Tex Ritter once gave me a dime for candy. My first memorable concert was the Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and Strawberry Alarm Clock in Charleston, SC.
What gear do you use?
My gear collection consists of 3 Shure pg-58 mics, Several RS condenser mics, a Behringer condeser mic for recording vocals, a 50's vintage mic, a Behringer 32 channel mixer, Behringer 800 watt PA with two passive Mackie speakers, and two active Behringer speakers. For my home recording studio, I have a Tascam 2488neo 24 track digital recorder, Roland Boss 1200 12 track digital recorder, a dedicated Acer desktop with an Audiobox USB interface running Presonus Studio One Artist software (Thanks David Wills, Proaudiodvd's for his wonderful instruction dvd's). My monitors are Samson A6's. I have a Yamaha PSR S910 keyboard workstation. I use a Zoom R2 for field recording. The guitars I own starting with acoustics, are a Ventura Bruno I purchased around 1970-71. A Brentwood Acoustic 6 string, A Peavy Les Paul takeoff, A offbrand type a mandoline and a Fender Strat squire from the early 80's. My favorite guitar is my vintage 1959 Gibson WH1275 doubleneck inherited from my mother. It was featured on a January 2010 Antiques Roadshow PBS broadcast from Raleigh, NC.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
My family is my biggest influence but I started getting serious after meeting several of the members of Pure Prairie League in Columbus, OH when my brother Harold set in with them for a few sessions. Early influences were the Beatles, Bread, Rick Nelson with the Stone Canyon Band, Poco, Buffalo Springfield, and the Eagles and Alabama. I was also into Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings as pure country influeneces.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I was a member of Angel Oak from Myrtle Beach, SC. My brother Harold produced the album "Making Plans "of my original songs in May 1975 at Rome Studios in Columbus, OH. I was brought into the band by Barnes Stone, the manager and founder of the group to provide original material for the group. We performed about a year before breaking up.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Paul McCartney, Roger McGuinn and Jeff Cook. I admire their musical abilities, style and their influence on my playing and their production skills.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Probably either The veterans hospital in Richmond, VA or The spring concert at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC both in 1975. Up to 1,000-1500 people.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
The Eagles Greatest Hits. Every song is a classic that I never tire of listening to.
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