Here's a little about my music.
I grew up on the outskirts of the small Texas town of Saint Jo. I have
vivid memories of an old console record player that my dad would play
albums on. In a large metal rack beside the record player was a stack of
records. This was my first taste of country music. As a little kid I
remember getting wrapped up in songs like "White Lightening" and "The
Race Is On" by George Jones. Johnny Cash really caught my attention too
with "Ghost Riders In The Sky" and "Ring Of Fire". A few years later I
remember listening to Waylon Jennings "Just a Good Ol Boys" and Charlie
Daniels "Devil Went Down To Georgia". Country music was a very big part
of growing up for me and it remains an important part of my life today.
I got my first guitar at about twelve years old I guess and Mom taught
me a few chords. She knew a little about the guitar because she sang in a
band on the weekends and played acoustic to the songs she sang. I also
joined band in school where I played the trumpet. This really helped me
get a better understanding of music and the way it's laid out.
I know, I know!!! I said "A LITTLE about my music". I'll try to be brief.
After high school I made a living working with my dad in drywall (trust
me it's relevant). We had some family out in Oregon and the work was
booming so we hit the road. This is also when I started hitting the
stage. I started out at jam sessions but it wasn't long before I started
singing for a little extra money on the weekends. The first band I was in
was called "Solid Country" and played clubs all over Oregon. I also
started writing songs during this time. I wrote about the places we
played and the events we experienced. As I got better at writing I
started recording some of them and singing them on stage.
Solid Country was the first band for everyone in it and we all thought
it would last forever. We got pretty tight and had a lot of fun. As with
all good things it would eventually come to an end. After about five
years the band fell apart and I made my way back to Texas.
Shortly after moving to Texas I got the news that my drummer from Solid
Country had died in a motorcycle accident. He was also a good friend and
it was a huge loss. I thought of him when I wrote the song "Better Off
Getting back to Texas was like getting back home. Oregon was nice but
Texas was home. I immediately started trying to put another band together.
This eventually led to "Quik Draw", the band I play in today. We toured
the southern states in '05 playing west to Albuquerque, New Mexico and as
far east as Lyons, Georgia. We had lots of fun but we had hard times too.
On the road there's always something to write about so it helped me
come up with lot's of new songs. When I'm writing I try to stay true to
my roots but still come up with something unique to add. I'm still
influenced by the legends of country like Conway Twitty, George Jones,
Hank Williams, Walon Jennings and many more. I do want to add something
myself though so sometimes I write about tragedy or excitement in my own
When we got home I started working on an album which I titled "What A
Rush". It is now available online and has sold in Canada, The UK,
Germany, and many other places besides the US. It has also received
airplay on hundreds of radio stations. Some of the songs are on
GarageBand and winning many awards. We are currently playing local clubs
and private parties and we are working on putting together another tour.
Well if you've made it this far your probably wondering how long I'm
going to keep babbling on so I guess I should wrap it up. I hope to see
you soon at one of our gigs. Bye (for now).