I play acoustic guitar and sing songs from the '60s to today. I also play originals that have been played on college and community radio, and many TV shows. My latest single was a semi-finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition and the 2018 Unsigned Only music competition.
My music is mostly singer/songwriter and light rock, with Americana influence. I am laid-back and play mostly mid-tempo songs, with a few ballads and more uptempo tracks mixed in. It isn't easy to get people dancing and singing along with just an acoustic guitar, but I've done it. I can also throw in relaxing, finger-style instrumentals for background ambiance.
Thank you for your interest!
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 to today. 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 my own name, and as Sons of the Golden West. I write songs that draw on my family history, the history of the West, and many other themes. My roots can be traced both to the days of the Mayflower (I'm a fourth-generation Californian), as well as recently landed immigrants. The breadth of the American experience fascinates me, and I look to incorporate that in my songwriting.
My song, "Wake Me in Paris," was a semi-finalist in the 2017 International Songwriting Competition. It was produced and co-written by Scott Mickelson.
My music has appeared on more than 200 TV episodes, and various commercials. 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. My song, "Teriza," appeared in an online video narrated by Ashley Judd, "Help Save Idaho's Wolves."
As an added service, I can write a custom song for your event, such as for a birthday, anniversary or wedding, using your idea and information (I do this regularly for my music production clients). You could order 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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