For the next 120 years my ancestors made their living off of the land, working as loggers, mill workers, or farmers. When I came along, the love and respect of Oregonâ€™s natural wonders was deeply ingrained and I spent many hours following the family path, hunting, fishing, and trapping wildlife; gardening, and harvesting; canning and pickling, were all part of the self-sufficiency that was so important to my parents. Iâ€™m thankful for the survival skills passed down through my familyâ€™s generations.
When I was sixteen my father came home one evening and told me I was going to play in a country western band. While the two of us argued about my very near future, Don Jesser and a couple of guys with black hats dragged a few amps and cords into our front room and soon after I was banging out chords and fills on our old piano. Hours later I was wearing a black hat, playing the keyboards, and making music with Don Jesser and the Black Hats at the Country Boy Inn in Bonanza. I went to bed that night with sixty-two dollars and fifty cents and an invite to return the next.
That was the start of my professional music career, but my love of music began around the time I was five years old, when my grandma taught me Chopsticks, Heart and Soul, and a few other duets on our old piano. In the Catholic grade school I attended, I sang with the choir and acted in 4 plays before heading off to the upper grades, where I stayed involved in theatre and music throughout my school days and up to the present.
I started strumming my momâ€™s guitar and learning to play chords in the sixth grade and it wasnâ€™t long before I was writing songs. Iâ€™ve written more than my share of sappy crappy songs. Trust me when I say that Iâ€™ve written some of the worst songs in music history. However somewhere along the way, improving on years of bad writing, I slowly found my voice. This steady, developing voice has spoken out through the years, becoming clearer and stronger in song as Iâ€™ve grown through a range of experiences.
Youâ€™ll hear a little bit of everything Iâ€™ve been and everything I am in my observations. My perspective comes from my crazy and chaotic life as a kid, an altar boy, an athlete, a rancher and a farmer, a lover and a hater, a fighter, a leader and a follower, a logger, a mill worker, a commercial fisherman, a pumpkin salesman for a few Octobers, and a Christmas tree salesman for a decade of Decembers, a tent man and a technical writer, an actor, comedian, and singer, a brother, a son, an uncle, a nephew, a cousin, a friend and an enemy, a husband, and a father.
Check out the artist's website:
1. A Song About Fishing
2. Forget It
3. That Beautiful Picture
4. Long and Lanky
5. That Day
6. West of the Lost River
7. Down the Road
8. Dirty Water
9. Her and Me
10. I'd Really Like to Know
12. On the River
13. The Last Redneck