I’ll start off by saying I have been playing music since I was
11 years old. That was right
around the Beatles coming to
I was infatuated, just as many other kids my age. I had to learn to
play guitar ! When we were kids, we had lots of bands, but none
that could do more than playing at “mixers” or “
at the local JHS. In fact, in one of my earliest bands, we all played
rhythm guitar (no bass, no lead). We all played the same chords,
while the drummer drummed. That’s when we decided that we
needed a bass player. I volunteered, and we went to the local pawn
shop, traded in an old cassette tape deck and a small Harmony amp
(with a blown speaker). Ended up with an Ideal Bass, violin shaped
just like Paul McCartney's’ Hofner ! I went thru many types and styles
of music, but a major influence was The Beatles, The Stones, Zeppelin,
Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, and as the years flew by, many,
My earlier bands played mostly original material, with some "covers"
and I got the opportunity to open for a few bands at Civic Centers, etc.
Ike and Tina Turner, Rare Earth, Dave Mason, and James Montgomery
to name a few. Then, things changed and I started playing all over
New England at local clubs, mostly "covering" other bands music. Playing
the winter months at the ski areas, and the summer months at the
beaches became the norm. There are many stories thru the years of
paying dues, just the same as all of my close musician friends...we've
all put in the time and effort for the dedication and love needed to do
what we do !
My Bands chronologically listed: A.R.C., Smith Bros.Band, Snowhite,
Fallen Angel, UnderCover, The Senders. Most of these bands lasted six
years or less, except for my current band...24 years and counting !!
I love my job !!