I was born in Bakersfield, California, the western home of country music. My parents, Lila and Bud, had a western swing band in the late forties that I was exposed to on a daily basis. I made my first TV appearance at the age of eight, playing accordion on my cousin Herb Henson's show in Bakersfield.
I played various instruments in Jr. & Sr. High school... marching,
jazz and concert bands. My band director Buck Shaffer was probably the most influential person in my life. As kids, he treated us as adults on our band trips. We were literally growing up pros "on the road" without even knowing it. I will always have a very special place in my heart for Buck.
From 1973 to 1976, I was a member of the show group "Main Street".I consider this time to be one of the greatest experiences in my life. Voted by our peers as to be one of the best lounge acts in the business, this was a show business learning experience that was next to none.
This band showed me the true meaning of professionalism - on & off stage.
Though we have all gone our seperate ways lo these many
years, that span of years is disinegrated by the continuing
friendship forged in that relatively short time together some 30
years ago.Thank you Donnie, Gary the Turk, Jackie, and Jimmie.
In the years since Main Street, I have written, gigged, recorded,
written, written, gigged... and on & on. I have written over one thousand songs with most of them recorded at one point or another, although I have 5 CD's of what I consider my best, and a sixth in current production.
My thanks to RadioIndy.com for the service they provide us "little guys".
"Anything is possible if you work hard enough and are surrounded by people who believe in you."