Five Years Solitary is a one man project for now. Its something that I do to stay sharp in between the Army and family. I have hopes of putting a band together so I am always writing and recording songs.
I've been playing music for a long time. I was in a band in high school called Sacred Lynch. I hit some hard times and had to leave them to join the Army. In the intervening years I got married, deployed twice, divorced and everything in between that. I've been writing and recording songs the whole time and taught myself to play the drums and sing. The majority of my songs are based on my life and tell stories about things that have actually happened to me or provoked an emotional response.
I haven't played live in about 10 years, before I joined the Army. There is nothing like it, and I would like to play live again one day. I played my first show at the Galaxy Club in Dallas, Tx when I was 17. I occasionally play acoustic versions of my songs for close friends and family and to practice.
Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Mudvayne, Slipknot, Jack Johnson, Cat Stevens, Many many more. I write almost everything on an acoustic guitar first, so I think its important to learn to play that well. Also helps pass the time in the warzone.
Fender 6 string acoustic, Schecter 12 string acoustic electric, Epiphone 6 string electric, Ibanez 4 string Bass, D2 Drums, Zilgan cymbals, a variety of mics, an old beat up 1980s 24 channel Peavy mixing board hooked to a Boss 1600BR recorder/CD burner, Marshall and Hartke Cabs, Peavy and Berhinger heads. I built my collection over the course of 15 years and many, many pawnshops
I hope you enjoy the music and can relate to some of my stories. Any advice is very welcome, as I just kind of noodle around until something cool comes out the other end. I'm not what you would call a professional recording artist.