Featured instruments: banjo, guitar, harmonica, lap steel guitar, fiddle, pedal steel guitar, bass, wood box foot drum, foot tambourine, tambourine, Indian flute, maracas
As part of the popular duo Gorecki & Stout (or Stout & Gorecki-depending on who gave you the business card), I got my first taste of playing music on a somewhat professional level. Of course, I had to balance that with my day job in the excavating business. Gone are the days of 240+ gigs per year playing private parties, grungy bars, upscale clubs and concerts in our local historic Tibbits Opera House. It was pretty cool when we were the warm-up band for the Flying Burrito Bros. too.
But, after 13 years I guess we both got kind of burnt out, and decided to put our successful duo to rest. I sometimes wonder what could have happened had we encountered the right person or place at the right time. I think that's usually how it goes. There's a lot of good music out there in the unknown world, and I guess that's what CD Baby is all about.
My first time playing music was in 5th grade on coronet horn, and before I got out of high school I was playing first chair tuba. What a switch! In the early 70s I got drafted and luckily ended up playing baritone horn in an Army band in Germany, and carrying a baritone in Germany sure beat carrying an M-16 in Vietnam. That was definitely the first time in my life that I was grateful for my musical background. It was in Germany while being discharged that I finally bought my long awaited purchase-a banjo-which has been my primary instrument. Since then I have also included guitar, lap steel guitar, resophonic guitar, harmonica, and bass.
On to college and to eventually receive my Master of Fine Arts. There I got together with a couple guitar players and gained a lot of ground on my banjo and singing capabilities.
I started giving banjo lessons in 1976 at the Bobby Hankins Music Store. He had a country band and occasionally he would feature me at concerts he would organize at the Tibbits Opera House. That's when I got exposed to playing for large crowds. During that time I started playing with the R & L Bluegrass Express band. And during that time I teamed up with Mike Gorecki as a duo.
I was playing in both groups for a while until gig dates conflicted. I had to make a choice between the two, and as a result of my decision the Gorecki & Stout duo played on for 13 years.
After we quit playing I mostly played at home and at campfires on trail rides (I'm an avid mule rider).
In 1996 I was asked to play an event, and that pretty much started my one-man band show.
I had always wanted to record, and in 1998 I bought my own stuff. I record in my own home and after a year of learning and doing in my spare time, I produced my first CD-Waitin' on the Thunder. This CD contains five original songs. The remaining tunes are favorites that I wanted to record.
After a couple years I bought more recording equipment to expand my recording capabilities. Five years after my first CD, I produced my second CD-Then and Again (to be released January 2005). This CD contains four originals and seven other favorites.
1. Dancing in the Meadow
3. Mule Skinner Blues
4. Waitin' on the Thunder
5. The Old Prospector
6. Heart of Gold
7. Life That Never Ends
8. I Gotta Gal
9. Gila Mi Wesa
10. Fox on the Run
11. Amazing Grace