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Lets see what can i tell you about me? I grew up in Pa by a West Virginia family. SO many trips to and from, i forget soemtimes where i am from. Lets just say Pa with roots deep in WVA.
I started playing the mandolin when i was around 4 years old. My whole family played music. There were instruments all around the house I grew up in. My mother played guitar and sang and my father played anything with strings on it. The mandolin was the obvious choice being that my hands were to small to get around anything else.
I would go to festivals and jam sessions with my family and we would go early and stay late. My father and others encouraged me to play with anyone who would play with me. I ventured into the dark night at a very young age and discoved the all night jam sessions at festivals. I loved it then and I love it now.
I am a mando-holic!
Well after a brief stint with rock music and having my dad seize my bluegrass instruments, i had no choice but to go back to acoustic music. I would get around at these festivals and jams and meet others that played different types of music. This is when i heard swing music..aww i was hooked!
When i was around 15 my brother came home from the ARMY and let me hear Van Halen and Led Zepplin for the first time..this changed everything. The next few years, a mentor of mine, George Miller, introduced me to Sam Bush and David Grissman, however this time the only thing i could hear was Vassar on fiddle. Again i was changed for always. Vassar to me is everything.
I played with varrious bands around NE PA, including a long run with Dave Cavage in my fathers band, The Roots of Bluegrass. Also i learned to play banjo after a nameless bandmate told me i would never learn it, I was 16. Later that year Mac Wiseman invited me on the road with him....to play banjo.
The Lost Ramblers helped me tap into my music as well. These guys were the original jam band.
Later i decided to work a normal job rathter than play for a living. I got my self involved with side gigs here and there but wasnt truly satisfied with my musical journey. Then Mr Cavage, decided it was time i hear Coltrane and Parker and Monk.....this changed me to this very day. It opened my eyes and i can see there are no limitaions to expressing yourself with a instrument, just limitations that people will put on you. DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN. Use your mind to guide you. I will quote Mr Vassar, the frets are like border patrols and you have the passport to anywhere you wish.
So today I am more passionate about playing, i play for probally 5 hours a day and recently discovered recording and producing.
I enjoy listening to everything really, the biggest influences to me with music have been, my dad, vassar, steve morse and gypsy jazz. There are to many bands to name but maybe i will do that some day.
My advice to all, is to have a good mando set up or any instrument so its fun to play, never practice , THATS RIGHT,, sounds to much like work, play and play as much as you can. Leave your instruments out so you have to play them, even if its 5 minutes in the morning. It will help you, trust me. Practive good jam manners and play with people who support your music.
More to come later