Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
I started riffing about ten years ago, learning punk rock songs through tabs in magazines. I started playing in more serious bands in high school, got signed by a couple of labels with different bands just to watch them dissolve, then wound up where I am today.
What inspired you to start playing guitar?
My dad helped me grow up on a steady diet of Led Zeppelin and other classic rock. I was probably the only kid in my kindergarten class who knew how Duane Allman died or how much better Sabbath with Ozzy was than with Dio… I guess wanting to play the guitar was natural.
What was your first electric guitar?
Some Peavey strat knockoff. Killer tone bro.
What are your top 5 favorite records?
Revolver – The Beatles
War – U2
Heartbreaker – Ryan Adams
Led Zeppelin II – Led Zeppelin
Help! – The Beatles
What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?
My first legit band, Beloved, had our final show in 2005. We just started in 1999 by playing shows in my church’s gymnasium, and had a final show for about four thousand people in my hometown. It was a pretty special night.
How did you hear about Reverend?
I think I saw Billy Corgan playing one on tv or something, and later saw in a guitar magazine.
What Reverend guitar(s) are you using?
I play an orange Flatroc.
What do you like about your Reverend guitar?
The tone! The sound is so pure. The Revtron mini humbuckers can get so dirty but maintain a clarity I haven’t been able to get out of my other guitars. I love it.
What amps and pedals do you currently use?
I have a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Roadster 2×12 combo with a pedal board that keeps me tap dancing all night.
Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?
Nah… I just bite my nails too much. That’s not a skill at all, I know.
Do you have any advice for up and coming players?
Practice practice practice! Jam along to your favorite tunes. When you’re not playing, think about playing.
Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about:
We’re about to take off on our first proper headlining tour for “Southern Weather,” and then we’ll be taking a lot of the remainder of the year off to buckle down and write and record the next album. As of right now it looks like we’ll begin recording in December with producer Aaron Sprinkle again. I’ve also been writing quite a bit of honky tonk songs with some friends with hopes to record that sometime. Pair my flatroc up with a nice old fender amp, and I’ve got that Bakersfield country tone nailed!