1958, at 13. My Aunt Elsie & Cousins. Listening to local musicians and AM radio. Started The Cruize Brothers Band in 1979. Enjoying the current Cruize Brothers Ed Bowman - Vocals, Guido Ciardetti - Bass, Brad Messer - Drums & Chicago Bob Lowther - Keys.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Too many. Can't remember. So far back they were called, "Show & Review." Concert was something for classical music back in the golden age of R&B. We opened for Tina Turner at the Del Mar Fair in San Diego, CA back in 2001.
What gear do you use?
Gibson & Fender Guitars. Fender Amp.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Bobby "Blue" Bland, with Wayne Bennett on Guitar. Billy Butler with Bill Doggett. Then Freddy King, BB King. Then all the Cool Jazz and Hard Bop in the 60's.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Since 1959, I''ve had a band all my musical life. Too many to name, but here goes: Esquires, Caravans, The Jades, Hard Times, Cruizin, Cruize Brothers since 1979.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Chris Cain. BB King. Otis Rush. George Bensen. Kenny Burrell. No one else comes to mind.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Blues Festivals and the Annual Del Mar Fair, in San Diego, CA. Smallest, I guess you've never played the juke joints huh?
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?