I first picked up a guitar when I was about 7. My mom had a nylon string acoustic at one point when she was into Segovia in the early 60’s. We had one Beatles album and I knew every word to every song. 

I “grew up” on top 40 radio and then when FM came along, on Classic Rock. I always wanted to play music and I had a period a bunch of years ago where I wrote some songs that I think were pretty good, and I was seriously trying to follow where music led me. I was in a couple of bands but then I got married, started a business, had two sons and bought a house. I kept playing but making music moved way down on the list of priorities. 

Now I’m giving music another shot. I’ve written a bunch of new songs and have ideas for a couple of dozen more. This time we’ll see where it takes me. Right now, it’s just me, my guitar and my voice, but I see another band in my future. Among my songwriter influences are people like Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Pete Townsend, Ray Lamontagne, Ellis Paul, Passenger and  Jason Isbell to name just a few. 

Since I can remember I’ve been one of those people who can get choked up by a piece of music even if it has no words. Music has always spoken to me in a very special way. I read once that the goal of song writer should be to make the audience feel what you were feeling when you wrote the song. That’s what I try to do.   

I still want to be a singer when I grow up. 

I hope you will check out my music. I hope you find something that speaks to you, and I hope to see you one day at a show. 


You delivered all the elements I look for in a singer/songwriter’s set. The entire show was a joy, and occasionally it was mind-blowingly moving. (Is that a word?) Great going. Loved it all.”

— Mark Shaffer , Co-chair of the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway