NEWS Still in El Paso, still teaching, still loving it and still singing. Hope you are too!
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Just me, I'm an old Folksinger that still plays out once in a blue moon. Thank you for listening to my primitive acoustic songs. I am a retired Army Bandsman, a certified Wall Wacker, and am currently a teacher. Next time I retire I am going back into Folksinging. It's the perfect occupation really, no hope of fame and fortune and definately keeps me humble. Folksinging just naturally makes me a better person I s'pose.
Why this name?
It's just my name. Most people call me Frogg. My Latino freinds call me Torro Sappo. My German freinds call me Sofa Kartoffellan (Couch Potato)
Do you play live?
I'll play anywhere that will hold one middle aged lazy folksinger and a guitar and a mandolin or a banjo or two. The best place I've played in while was the Twisted Vine in Silver City. The place has a great atmosphere and the hotel is within walking distance.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Anything that makes the current distribution system nervous is a good thing for musicians and listeners.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
If the Earth started spinning in the other direction, Hell became the home office for Tasty Freeze, and Arif Mardin or Don Was agreed to produce, sure, as long as it didn't interfere with my personal life and my career as a starving artist! (LOL)
I used to be a street singer in San Fransisco, did the Canadian Folk circuit (if you can call it that) for a few years, played behind a lot of people that you might have even heard of for awhile, and played guitar for the Army! (It's a silly job but somebody had to do it)
James Taylor, Gordon Bok, Stan and Garnet Rogers, Donny Sponchia, Kris Kristofferson, David Wilcox, Eric Bogle, Ian Tyson, Tom Paxton, Ed McCurdy, Bonnie Raitt, Judee Sill, Warren Zevon, Hoyt Axton, Roger Miller, etc.
I love San Fransisco, Berlin, Norway, Belgium, Silver City, The Cold River State Park in Massachusetts, and wherever I end up next!
I used to yell into my wife's monitor because it had a built in speaker. Now I use a seperate speaker and play directly into my computer using a freeware program called FatRock Studio.
If you like my little songs, plese share them with as many people as you can. I don't plan on getting famous until long after I am dead, and even that goal is going to take centuries unless you help!