How long have you been playing?
I began playing electric bass at the age of 18 in Richmond, CA in 1964. I took my first lesson to learn classical guitar, but my little finger on my left hand did not work. Fortunately, my teacher Joe Davis suggested that I learn electric bass. Three weeks after buying my first bass I was playing in a blues band. I played a lot of Jimmy Reed and B.B King songs.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
The first concert I attended was called "Magic Mountain"and was held on Mt. Tamalpais in Northern California. I saw musicians like the 19th Floor Elevators who were playing therir own music and having a great time. I went home and played for three days.
What gear do you use?
I have a 1964 Fender Jazz bass that I bought new. I call the bass "The Old Man". He and I have been through the ups and downs of the business. I also have a '75 fender Precision Bass, a bass custom made for me by Fat Dog at Subway Guitars in Berkeley CA, and a new US made Fender Jazz bass and Fender Precision bass. I use a Mesa Boogie Walkabout with a 12'speaker.and own some older amplifiers including a 65 blackface fender Bassman with two cabinets, a Sunn 200S amp, a Kustom bass 100 amp, a Markbass LittleMarkIII, and an Ampeg 350 amp. (I'm moving toward lighter equipment)
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
I listened to the blues of Jimmy Reed a lot and also practiced with an album by Johnny Rivers called "Live at the Whiskey a Go Go" that featured Joe Osborn on bass. I also listed to jazz with Ray Brown on bass. I also like rock, country, rockabilly and R&B music
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I play with a variety of artists and various musical genres. One group is called SuperBoogie and that's what we play;high energy rock and blues. Another group is called the Tarantulas Jug Band and we play jugband and hokum music from the 1920's to the present day. I play various shows and events around the S.F. bay Area.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
I would very much enjoy taking a lesson from Joe Osborn, Bootsie Collins, Paul McCartney, Lee Sklar, Donald "Duck" Dunn, or Bob Babbit. They are artists, they listen to the whole song and fit the appropriate bass part into it where it will enhance the composition.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
The biggest audience I played in front of was a halftime show at Cal Memorial Stadium in the 60's where we played before 50,00 people. When those folks applauded I felt bathed in love" and couldn't wait to do it again. All the hard work was worth it. My most memorable performance was recording a live album with Buffy Sainte-Marie in Los Angeles in 1968. On few songs there was just Buffy and myself doing the song and she delivered the emotion of the song.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
I would pick and album by Heads Hands and Feet called "Tracks". The musicians in the band are phenomenal as are the songs. My second choice is an album by a group called Mark-Almond and the album is called by the same name. I heard both albums in the 1970's and listen to them today. All the musicians are playing to support the song compositions. It makes me remember that I learned all the notes on the bass the first three years I played, and have spent the next 45 years getting rid of the notes that do not matter to the song...
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