I started playing guitar back in 1969, and for a long time. I took a break for a few years, and decided in the summer of 2006, that it was time to get back to playing. I also have B.A. in Music and a Masters In Music, both in composition. My first CD 'Forgotten Walls' was released in Nov 2007, my second CD 'Last Sun' was released in Nov 2008 and I am currently working on my newest one "Angels On Fyre" which will be out in the fall of 2009.
Influences are just about anybody and everybody I guess. I try to listen and learn but not copy (at least too much). Starting to play back in the late 60's, of course there was Page, Hendrix, Clapton, The Allman Brothers, CSN&Y. I listened a lot to the first incarnation of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. I liked what Greg Lake of ELP did with his acoustic songs. Was a big Kansas fan for the first 4 albums. More recently I have been listening to a lot of the Native American artists like Robert Mirabal, John Two-Hawks, Bill Miller (whom I got to see perform back in Nov). Also enjoy Tommy Emmanuel, who besides being a fantastic player and performer, just has way too much fun playing.
On the classical side, I like chamber music, especially string quatets and piano trios. Stavinsky, Ravel, Debussy, Charles Ives and Oliver Messian (I remember listing to the Quartet For The End Of Time for the first time back in 1974 and just being totally in awe).
But taking all that in, I am looking for my own path, good, bad or lost in the woods