- Born and raised in Dunkirk, NY
- Got my first guitar
when I was 14, a Montgomery Ward "Airline" brand solid body
- While my friends
were struggling to form rock bands, I joined the musician's union when I was 17
and started gigging on the wedding reception circuit and learned a lot about
music and performing, sometimes even getting gigs playing bass in polka bands!
- Worked my way
through college playing guitar in rock cover bands between 1973-78. Sound Odyssey was the first band that
required that I sing, and we did some four-part harmonies that I still recall
fondly. The band name came from the
current hit movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey , which sounded like a good idea
except that no one (including the band members) could spell "Odyssey." I later joined another band, the Joey Allen
Combo, which became Driftwood when Joey left the band. We played every Friday
and Saturday at the Rainbow Inn in Dunkirk. I had to leave the group when I went to
graduate school in Tennessee
- My performing days
didn't start again until 1991 when I lived in Houston.
After a complicated string of events, my friend Dan Carson and I started performing
as a duo, The Sphinx Brothers, playing original sarcastic acoustic ("sarcoustic") songs. In 1995 we recorded an album, I Annoy You
(And Other Love Songs), that got airplay
on some local radio stations. The duo
lasted until 1998 when Dan moved to Delaware. In an odd twist of fate I also ended up in Delaware a year later
and The Sphinx Brothers were reunited on the East Coast. We also met Dale Trusheim, a drummer with a
similarly twisted sense of humor, and the duo became a trio. This led to a
second album in 2003, Not Your Regular Cowboys.
- In 2005 I moved to Richland,
something that I had considered for quite a while, to play jazz and
styles. I played solo jazz guitar gigs in restaurants and wine
bars, then enlisted bassist Brian Thrall to form the Dryside Duo.
Trumpeter Troy Lydeen later joined us as Dryside Trio.
- Moved to Buffalo,
NY in April 2012.