If I remember it right, my first ever guitar was below the price of two budget meals and had Disney characters on its top. My second axe had bonafide steel strings, but still, the weird finish and a fake knob on its Stratocaster wannabe body hindered my head banging potential. My first “real” guitar didn’t came until I was around eleven. That’s when my folks realized that my Amy Grant obsession indeed deserved an acoustic guitar as an upcoming birthday surprise. That’s when my music journey finally progressed one note at a time.
After finishing high school, I went to northern Germany to further my studies. During my stay in Oldenburg, I began to seriously experiment with fingerstyle guitar and its beautiful complexities. When I got back to the US, I started playing in Southwest university and community venues. While a college student at Penn State, I became a regular performer at university events and nearby bars and coffeehouses. After completing my philosophy degree around 2001, I started to concentrate much more of my energy on my music.
Around May 2002, I went to Provincetown, Massachusetts and performed on the streets and in local clubs and bars. My experience in Provincetown have been so awesome that I kept coming back in the next three summers. I had a blast getting steady gigs during those summers, which included a mix of show hosting and as a headlining performer. Soon thereafter, I was finally considered as a feature acoustic folk-rock musician on Lower Cape Cod. I then moved to Richmond, Virginia to pursue a life immersed in Americana music, with a healthy dose of some folk-rock flavor.
I still play anywhere from coffee shops and clubs, to colleges and community centers. But in addition, I now also teach music on the side, particularly acoustic guitar playing.