I've loved music my entire life. In fact, I can't remember a time when I didn't have a favorite band, an album that I was obsessed with, or a new type of music that I wanted to inspect.
I was motivated from my early years by the guitar playing of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. That band's ability to communicate musically really laid the track for how I would evolve as a guitar player.
The Dead started out as a blues band, and unsurprisingly, blues is probably my single largest influence. Albert King, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Peter Green, John Mayer, as well as Tulsa guitar legend Steve Pryor. The blues, in my experience, has the biggest capacity for communicating emotion...and that is why I am drawn to it.
I've been playing for fifteen years or so. Largely self-taught, but I have had some pivotal instruction from one of my current heroes and mentors, Tulsa native Paul Benjaman.
I've long had a passion for recording live music and have captured many nights of Steve Pryor, Paul Benjaman, Dylan Layton, Dustin Pittsley, and Jesse Aycock. I strive to record most everything I listen to live...I guess I plan on doing a lot of listening to "old-times" when I am in my later years.
I currently play every Sunday at my church CrossPoint Baptist in Coweta. Praise and Worship music has offered me a diverse palette of musical styles to interpret and reproduce. Playing on Sunday and seeing people come to the Lord is such a joy.