Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
Began playing clubs at about fifteen. Recorded an album for Epic records with my first band in ’90, toured the US and UK. Recorded and toured with the Black Crowes from ’91-’97. Played with various people including Blue Floyd, Chris Stills and many others. Formed Federale with Luther Russell which got signed to Geffen records and just prior to entering studio with producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith) got dropped with thousands of other bands and employees. Recorded solo record, It’s About Time. Toured and recorded with Ben Harper including the Grammy & NAACP award winning There Will Be A Light. Toured again with the Black Crowes on reunion tour ’05-’06. Recorded second solo record Weary And Wired at end of ’06 and have been touring since it’s release in March.
What inspired you to start playing guitar?
An elementary school teacher who would play during recess.
What was your first electric guitar?
A Hondo II Les Paul copy.
What are your top 5 favorite records?
Today they are…
Got My Own Album To Do – Ron Wood
Are You Experienced – Jimi Hendrix
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – Neil Young
Planet Waves – Bob Dylan
Green Is Blues – Al Green
What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?
Sharing a stage with Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones was good, but I’d say winning an NAACP award beats that.
How did you hear about Reverend?
I’d seen the ads and thought they looked cool, but never saw one until Steve Yankee brought some down for the Drive-By Truckers when they were opening for the Black Crowes.
What Reverend guitar(s) are you using?
I have several but lately i’ve been partial to the Flatroc and the Daredevil HB.
What do you like about your Reverend guitar?
They get unique tones and play great. Besides they look very cool.
What amps and pedals do you currently use?
Schreyer Audio and Headstrong amps. Pedals I use depending on my mood: several different fuzzes and wahs, Analog Man, Cats Eye, H.B.E., Xotic, BMF, Love Pedals, Reese, and a friend Ryan Feves has let me be his guinea pig for all sorts of cool stuff. I also really like the Deep Blue delay by Mad Proffessor.
Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?
I can ride a unicycle.
Do you have any advice for up and coming players?
Play from your heart and you will always be successful.
Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about:
Ryan Bingham, Compound Records, The Fuzz Machine, The Felice Bros. and Jefferson Steelflex & The Neptune Society.