I am a Southern California native who grew up during the great explosion of rock and roll music in the 60's and 70's. My older sibling by 9 years introduced me to rock and roll at a very young age.
At age 7, my mother decided that I had the makings of a concert violinist and started me on violin. By age 9, I knew violin was not my instrument and hounded my parents unmercifully until they bought me a cheap classical guitar. I immediately began to teach myself how to play and by age 11 I was playing in my first band. By age 13, my band was playing for gigs and traveling around Southern California. By age 16, I had performed at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and playing in bands that had the potential to truly hit the big time.
As I completed high school, and prepared for college, music continued to be a main focus in my life. As I progressed in my musical career, the prevalent drug scene in the 60's and 70's began to take its toll on many musician friends and acquaintances. Granted, I was not a saint but after the loss of several musician friends, I made the difficult decision to make music secondary in my life and return to school. I don't regret that decision but occasionally wonder where I would be if music remained my primary focus and had I been one of the lucky musicians to survive.
At this point in my life, music is once again a primary focus. I always have music in my head and I lose sleep thinking about chord progressions and music. I can't wait to get up (which I sometimes do in the middle of the night) to play a guitar and hear my thoughts. On gig nights and practice nights, I make an attempt to sleep but I am too wound up and typically get lost with the music in my head.
I truly enjoy playing with the incredibly talented musicians of "On the Lam Band". They rival the talents of the great musicians I played with in my early rock years. The diversity of the band is quite unique and allows me to play bass guitar as well as 6 and 12 string acoustic and electric guitar. The band has turned me into a background singer and I don't think I will ever be comfortable with singing but you gotta do what you gotta do.
Although I have too many guitars to list, my main instruments include:
Parker Deluxe Fly 5-string bass
Parker Deluxe Fly 6-string guitar
Vintage G&L Skyhawk guitar
Rickenbacker 360 12-string
Taylor 440 acoustic guitar
Mesa Boogie amplification
Vintage Kustom tuck n' roll amplification