My music study
began with seven years of piano instruction with Mary Etta Crane,
seven years that taught me almost nothing about music -- no fault
of Mrs. Crane's. A couple of years later, after seeing a local
band, the Shakers, I picked up the guitar and taught myself some
cords and started playing a dozen or so folk songs.
At about fifteen,
a group of my friends started a band, Cherry Soul. Because there
was already a guitar player, I found a Farfisa organ and working
with my guitar, converted guitar chords into keyboard chords. Over
the next few years I played with a number of bands with names like
Moose, Society's Orphans, Liberty Ark, and Four Guys & a Fifth.
The later bands were made up of members of the original Shakers
I'd seen many years earlier. We played from Richmond, Virginia
to Atlanta, Georgia.
While in college,
I went back to the acoustic guitar and began to write much of my
own music and lyrics. During this time I played lots of coffee
houses in lots of different places. The song, Daughter in the
Back Seat, was written during those years.
Recently a number of musicians from my home town gathered to perform again for a number of occassions in that town. You can view some pictures of our rehersals and performances by going to the Reunion Band Web Site.