My musical journey began in the womb as my mother would say, as she was often attending shows that my father was performing in. She claims there was lots of "kicking and movement" at those shows, or so the story goes.
The earliest musical memories I have are playing with my toy piano or getting into my dads guitars and trying to teach myself a riff or a chord from the rock records I'd heard growing up. At the age of 8 I began my first formal piano lessons after school. I spent most of of those early years listening to The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and just about every other relevant British Invasion recordings I could get my hands on.
By age 11, I had gotten my first guitar and started taking private lessons. My musical tastes were evolving too. Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Allman Brothers, and a fair dose of hip-hop and alternative rock from the Seattle "grunge" scene. Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Soundgarden were easily traceable to many of the classic rock bands that I was already familiar with.
At age 14, I officially quit organized sports, and instead opted to focus on music. I formed my first bands, started writing and recording my first songs, and discovered the rock band Phish. I attended many of their shows and connected deeply with their concentrated and adventurous improvisational and composition skills. I also found myself getting into jazz and bluegrass as well. I joined the jazz band in high school and learned my first Frank Zappa song. Everywhere I looked there was new and exciting music to discover.
After attending a Bela Fleck and the Flecktones show in 1995, I went to the local record store in the mall and purchased a Bela Fleck record called, "Drive", thinking it would sound like the show I just attended. While it wasn't exactly what the Flecktones were doing, it was an immensely important record for me. I had never heard acoustic instruments sound so incredibly big, vibrant, and at the same time beautiful and sophisticated. The driving grooves and playing on the record were my introduction to bluegrass music. From there I went back and learned about Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Clarence White, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, and many more. I had officially been bitten by the "bluegrass bug".
My college years were consumed by more bands, more writing, more listening and more playing. I joined the jazz band in college, played in my first funk/fusion band, and in 2001 was introduced to Dan Tressler through a mutual friend. Dan was an immensely talented singer and multi-instrumentalist, who came from a rich musical background. I joined his family's band, The Jackson Pike Skifflers, which was a crash course in folk, bluegrass, and Irish/Celtic music. I learned so much from playing with them. Dan and I would also form our own band, The String Fingers Band, which would release 3 records over the course of 7 years. We toured in and around the Northeast in New York, Boston, Connecticut, and Vermont. We played prestigious halls and festivals, such as The Gathering of the Vibes and the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and shared the stage with some of our musical heroes, like Pete Seeger, Darrell Scott, Bill Frisell, Noam Pikelny, and many others.
I'm now focusing on writing and recording original music. I released my first solo album "Rebirth" in December of 2016 and am currently recording and playing with, Hitch and the Giddyup. Check out my shows page to catch me soon!