is the lead singer,
drummer and song writer
was the drummer for
- DECEIT -
(They have since disbanded)
is the full time Father of
our two Grandchildren.
Jordan's wife's name is Shawna.
We are very proud of
all our boys!
I started playing
guitar at an early age. Actually much earlier than I originally
sister dug up some old pictures of me when I was just starting out,
to prove a point. You gotta
love the footie pajamas. Anyway...... I would play for a while, learn some new things
then forget about guitar for months at a time. This went on through
all my teenage years and into my early twenties. After many
years of doing this and a few children later, my youngest son,
Brent, decided he wanted
to play guitar. He asked me to show him how to play 'Stairway to
Heaven'. In a very short time he had it mastered. He continued to play,
mainly heavy metal, and started getting very good....... Too damn good. He was
getting better than me. So I bought an electric guitar and started practicing.
I wanted to
concentrate on blues but playing some of the blues leads and licks seemed
empty without other instruments providing accompaniment. Being a bit of a
computer nerd, I used my computerís sound card to help fill in some of the
gaps in sound. I started entering simple drum and bass lines using a
midi keyboard. Through the
years I gradually upgraded my equipment and got much better at playing
the other instruments in to the sequencer but I always had
problems with the drum tracks. I pretty much suck at playing the drums.
and my oldest son, Jared,
are both excellent drummers. So
Jared helped me with some of the drum
tracks. It has
been a long haul but I finally developed a professional sound.
and friends were the ones that encouraged me to play in public. So one day,
my wife Patti and I
went to listen to the
Tom Larsen Band with a group of
When Tom finished playing I asked him if I could play a couple songs in
between his sets. To my
he said yes but instead of playing two or three songs, he let me play for
nearly an hour. I was extremely nervous but it went very well.
Shortly after that, Patti and I were out having a couple drinks when we came
across Steve Slack, owner ofSlackerís Irish
Pub. Patti and Steve were old friends from her work. I asked him if I could
audition one night at his bar. He took a chance on me and Iíve been playing
at clubs ever since.
Another group of guys that helped me
along the way were
Paul Ruggerio and his band The Blue Cats. Paul invited me to play at
their open mike shows. This was a tremendous help, building my
confidence and getting over the stage-fright thing. Paul has
always been very supportive and a good friend.
Of course, there are many other
people that helped me in one way or another but most especially my wife,
She understands that music is a part of me and it is something I have to do.
She is my biggest fan and the best public relations person anyone could ever
dream of. She is there to hear me play when ever possible and she has
always supported me 100%. I truly would not be able to do it without
Stevie Ray Vaughan,
Buddy Guy and a
relatively new guitarist named
In my opinion, these are the reining guitar gods of blues. I know there are a lot of
great guitarists and I know other people would choose different guitarists
as their blues gods but I seem to connect with their styles.
Everyone has a favorite song or a
favorite artist that they like to listen to and that's fine. However,
I like to concentrate on the great songs that have slipped through the
cracks..... Believe me, there are a lot of them out there. Songs
from well known artists that just don't get played, songs from local
artists, obscure artists and of course the proverbial 'B' side. These
are the songs that break away from the corporate music mold and broaden an
individual's musical horizon. Please don't misunderstand me, I do
enjoy playing the popular songs that we all know and love. I just
prefer to dance to the beat of a different drummer every now and then. The world is missing out on a lot of great music.
I want to bring some of it back to you.