I was born in Lincoln Park, Michigan, south of Detroit-but just barely. It’s the part of Interstate 75 where, if you are northbound, you can start to smell the stench of the rendering plants in Del-Rey. I am a product of that environment. I grew up listening to my older brother’s records; Bowie, Mott the Hoople, Stones, Faces. The collection morphed into The Clash, The Damned, The Jam and then into Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran. My entire musical pursuit was tied to my brother’s record collection. I am the son of a strong union electrician. I am a husband, a father and a grandfather. I am a 50-year-old man who, after taxiing teenagers around and coaching High-School Hockey, has a few hours left in a day to cobble together some songs and some tunes.
As a sideman, I have played guitar for some great artists. Most recently, the crazy talented Lydia Loveless. While a member of the Curdogs and while on the road with Lydia, I penned dozens of songs. Each one of them means something very personal to me. I am not going to play myself off as a “blue-collar rocker”, Just a dude with a song in his heart.
My Solo record is titled “12 Rounds”. I hope you give it a listen.
About my Band:
The Blankety Blanks came about because I never knew who would be backing me on any given night.. One stalwart companion, Graig Barnett (The Curdogs), has been there through every version as my guitar playing cohort. Bradley Williams (Oolong Gurus, Faces for Radio) came to me as an answer to a prayer. Brad is a front-man by nature, but asked to play bass in the Blankety Blanks. He and I have only been teamed up for a few months but it seems as if we have known each other for years. Matt Wilson joined us in early 2014 on peddle steel. Matt came to me via Craigslist. It was like having a winning lottery ticket. He had literally moved to town two weeks ago from Connecticut and saw my add for a peddle steel player. Mike Nelson and Brian Mincks tag team the drumming jobs. Brian is a 19 year old heavy-hitter and Mike is a seasoned session pro. Both are top-grade.
Look for us on the road and we appreciate your interest.