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The Crystal River Project
The Crystal River Project
Altoona, IA  USA
November 26, 2005
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I'm not a band, really. I'm just me. I find it amazing how God can work in our lives. In March of 2001, I had never played guitar. Always had a deep hunger for it, but things just never worked out. Finally, in 2001 at age 41, I decided to buy a guitar and dedicate myself to it. Now, just a few years later, I'm playing guitar, playing keys, singing, playing live and recording. God is amazing.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
I LOVE playing live. There are many special moments, but November 23, 2008 stands out. I was playing as a guest leader at Crossroads Church in Norwalk, Iowa. I played and sang a modern arrangement of the classic hymn "All Creatures Of Our God And King." It was just me and my guitar, house lights completely off, with a single spotlight on me. I played along with a backing track I had recorded. The track started simple ... drum and the acoustic guitar played live ... then grew by the end of the song to an enormous chorus ... then back to voice and guitar. Just before the last chorus, I asked everyone to stand and sing with me. They all rose as one and joined in with a loud voice. It was one of those unforgettable moments in your music life that you just file away in the "great memories" section of your brain.
Your musical influences
Despite the fact that I play almost exclusively Christian worship music, I have many secular influences. For guitar, I love the funk rhythms and unique song structures of the Dave Matthews Band. I'm also influenced by Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Lincoln Brewster and The Edge. Vocally, I've always loved the raw emotion and passion of Bruce Springsteen, and in Christian music, Mac Powell of Third Day is just outstanding ... he has the audience wrapped around his finger within 10 seconds, yet he always redirects to God. As for worship leaders, there are many, but my favorite is Paul Baloche. I love his heart.
What equipment do you use?
My main guitar is a custom Carvin, which my wife bought for me. I had it built last year, and it's just unbelievable. For those of you who don't know anything about Carvin, you don't know what you're missing. I also have a USA Strat. I record right now with a POD X3 Live and a POD XT Live, along with a Vox AC15 that I often use to play live. I've also got a nice little Epiphone 335, which has been signed by Peter Frampton, and a nice old Ibanez (circa 1982). For acoustic, I use a standard Martin DM, which I absolutely love. I've also got some basses -- a Fender Jaguar and some cheap stuff -- an Alesis QS 8.2 synth and the standard recording equipment... condenser mics, tube preamp, FX processor. I record to an iMac using Logic Pro 8.
Anything else?
My style is developing. A work in progress. The stuff I've written lately is leaning toward that DMB sound, a driving acoustic rock. The songs "Thank You" and "Build Your Kingdom" are examples. But I'm not locked into that style by any means.
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