I play acoustic guitar and sing a variety of popular songs, both contemporary and classics from the '60s to today. My music is mostly of the singer/songwriter and light rock varieties, with some Americana, alternative country and indie influence. I am laid-back and tend to play relaxing, mid-tempo songs, with a few ballads and more uptempo tracks mixed in, to keep things interesting. I am comfortable in front of a crowd and am happy to play music live, always trying to keep it interesting for them. I am just as comfortable providing ambiance, if that is what your event would benefit most from. In that case, I would play more down-tempo, finger picking-style songs.
Price Range: $100 and up
Gig Length: 60 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
I am easygoing, comfortable with a crowd, and love playing music. I won't be jumping up on any tables for a guitar solo, however, but nor am I a wallflower. I specialize in relaxing, mid-tempo tracks, but like to keep it interesting with some upbeat tunes and a few ballads, incorporating some finger picking tunes along the way.
My musical styles include singer/songwriter, Americana, indie folk, alternative country, and rock.
I am a singer/songwriter who has been writing and recording music for more than 30 years. I draw on great songwriters from the past five decades, and include in my set a variety of current popular tunes, as well as classics from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. I am a singer/songwriter who loves Americana, rock, and a little bit of blues, jazz, bossa nova, etc.
I perform solo with acoustic guitar, and record under the moniker Sons of the Golden West. I write songs that draw on my family history, the history of the West, and many other themes. I am both a fourth-generation Californian on one side of my family, as well as a newly landed immigrant on the other. In that sense, the breadth of the American experience fascinates me, and I look to incorporate that in my songwriting.
My music has appeared on more than 180 TV episodes. My TV credits include Last Call With Carson Daly (NBC), True Life (MTV), The Nate Berkus Show (OWN), Remodeled (Web TV Network), Last Chance Highway (Animal Planet), Porter Ridge (Discovery), and Flipping Out (Bravo), and many others. Also, my song, "Teriza," appeared in an online video narrated by Ashley Judd, "Help Save Idaho's Wolves."
In addition, I can write a custom song for your event, such as for a birthday, using your idea and information (I recently did this for a memorial service, singing my custom lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories" by Bob Hope). I regularly write custom songs for clients, and can provide this extra service, including a recording of the song on CD, if you wish.
Additional Booking Notes
If there is power within reach, I should be able to simply plug in and play. I have an amp/p.a. that is adequate for small spaces. If you want me lit, for an evening event, you will need to provide lighting.
The set list changes, but at the moment you will find some or all of these songs on my set list:
David Grey: This Year's Love
Ryan Adams: This House is Not For Sale
REM: Driver 8
Echo & The Bunnymen, Killing Moon
Bob Dylan: Knocking on Heaven's Door,
Cat Stevens, Wild World
Van Morrison, Brown-Eyed Girl
Looking Glass: Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)
The Cure, Just Like Heaven
Influences & Inspiration
There are way too many to mention. But, for starters, I'll list some whose songs may be included in my set of music: Ryan Adams, Oasis, Coldplay, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, REM, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg (the Replacements), Credence Clearwater Revival, Van Morrison, David Bowie, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, and Cat Stevens.
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