I was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1948 to a Southern Belle from Greenwood, Mississippi and a Riverboat Gambler from Memphis. I was raised to be, well... I wasn't quite sure. Until, 1963 when I went down to Beale Street, bought my first guitar in a Pawn Shop there, and then heard Blues music from the Mississippi Delta. Furry Lewis, Bukka White, Fred McDowell can be counted as my earliest musical influences. Other Memphis musicians, more my own age, Lee Baker, Sid Selvidge, Jim Dickinson, Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn opened my eyes and ears to music with “Soul”.
Leaving Memphis and moving to New York in the early 1970’s, I expanded my music pallet to include Folk Rock, Electric Blues, and yes, I played on Disco Records too. Playing several shows at The Apollo Theatre was certainly a high point.
In 1976 a vacation to the Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts became a life changing experience. I never left! Playing in dance bands and then my own Blues bands up and down the highways and back roads of New England offered me experiences that I will always remember, leading to being voted one of the top guitar players in the Berkshires in 2009.
Now in 2015, as I get older, I find myself going back to my first musical love, the Country Blues, especially music from the Mississippi Delta. It’s interesting to me that now I am about the age of the Blues musicians that influenced me so many years ago.