I played my first live show in front of a paying audience in Charlotte, NC back in 1991. I was 22 and I was in a grunge band called “me and emma”. We were a three-piece outfit that often drew comparisons to Nirvana. I did all songwriting, guitar and vocals.
Over the next few years we managed to earn a small, local following, and I hoped that would continue forever.
That band ended abruptly when one of the members took his own life in 1994.
That is something that still hurts even after all these years.
I was kind of lost.
I knew I wanted to do something more acoustic and stripped down so I recorded an acoustic CD, "Chevelle", in 1995 and played some shows in support of it. Charlotte’s Creative Loafing magazine named me “The Best Local Solo Male Artist” for 1995.
Local, critical acclaim aside, the reality for me was that I was broke and I had to make a living. I met the most incredible, beautiful woman in 1993 and I knew I had to “man up” and make a living for us.
So, for the next couple of decades, music became something very personal that I did for myself and rarely shared. I continued to write, record and play shows occasionally but I didn’t give it the attention I wanted to because it felt selfish to do that.
In 2007, I recorded a collection called “late shift”. I was working a shift from midnight to 9AM at the time, and those songs just showed up. In 2010, I released “Kudzu Cognac” and played some shows in support of it. The response was good. I began to put things on itunes and various streaming services around that time.
My songs are, and have always been, very personal. They are reactions to living; to hopes, hurts, fears and joys. I am proud of the fact that I am not a youngster anymore. I have some life experience, and I’ve spent many years working with my hands out in the real world.
From 2018 on, I will be putting out a collection of music every year and I will be playing live much more often. Look for me out and about!