I play a combination of original and singer/songwriter folk and emcee folk events. I play an interesting set interspersed with humor and fun. I can also bring along some other folks and add in pop music from the 60's, 70's and onward. I have experience running an open mike, have opened for many nationally touring acts. Most recently Don White.
My musical set is like a visit to my front porch, if I had a front porch.
I also have 18 years experience hosting and emceeing a bi-monthly open stage and the occasional folk concert.
What to Expect
My set is me and possibly one or two collaborators. It is like a visit to my front porch with songs and stories. I like to interact with audience and do better in smaller venues of under 100 people. I play my own songs and songs of writers I admire. I like to talk to the audience and joke around a bit. IT is a fun night. Not a dancing and partying night though. If you have ever been to a folk show by someone like Tom Rush or Bill Morrissey you get a feel for what it will be like. Thanks for your consideration.
I started playing guitar when I was about 14 years old. My neighborhood friends were mostly into rock and roll and heavy metal so I thought I wanted to play that. That was until I heard Steve Goodman's first album. I knew then that I wanted to learn songs that had content and melody like the songs Steve played. From Steve Goodman I found John Prine and Tom Rush. Then life took over. I finished college, started a family and a career. Sometime in the early 80's I went to a Tom Rush showcase at a local theater. Part way through the show this guy gets up there who looked like a kid in his father's oversized coat. He sang a song about a hobo camp in Barstow. He was a fairly young guy with the voice of a much older, more grizzled, man. Bill Morrissey deserves to be counted amongst the best of American literature. The stories and characters in his songs made me want to write songs so I started learning how.
I started attending open mikes in the 90's and started one of my own in 2001. Since I have done several open mike features and shows as a solo and in my duo.
My music has been described as “about important things with his stories about seemingly small things”. I like to write stories about regular people.
Additional Booking Notes
I require a simple set up. Vocal mike, guitar mike. Monitors for a bigger area. I have my own PA set up suitable for a room of up to 100 or so people .
Late at night
Real Good Day
The Place where the River Falls
No one to Tell
Twists and Turns
‘63 Split Window Coupe
I like the Sound
Waiting for the rain
Happy Being Fat - Carole King
You’re Gonna make me lonesome- Dylan
Ice Fishing- Bill Morrissey
Make me a Pallet on your floor- John Hurt
Sliding Delta- John Hurt
Souvenirs- John Prine
Tecumseh Valley- T Van Zandt
Handsome Molly- Bill Morrissey
Jazzman- Steve Goodman
Mind your own business- Hank Williams
Faith of Man- Bill Staines
Place in the choir- Bill Staines
Chicken Cordon blues- Steve Goodman
I’ll be there in the morning- Townes VanZandt
Old Fashioned- Steve Goodman
Shady Grove- Trad
Hey Good Looking- Hank Williams
All along the watchtower- Bob Dylan
Robert Johnson- Bill Morrissey
To Live is to Fly
Influences & Inspiration
Vocal mic, guitar mic, DI box.