Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
It’s been pretty varied, with traditional sideman work for Nashville artists like Sherrie Austin, playing the Opry and large festivals. I’ve also done a lot of “guitar theater” where they need actors who play instruments. That’s led to performing on The Tonight Show, Tony Awards and my current gig on Broadway in Jersey Boys.
What inspired you to start playing?
I grew up in a musical family and my older brother was great on piano. I wanted my own thing, so at age 8 my dad bought me my first guitar. Life was never the same!
What was your first electric guitar?
A Peavey T-60, which I wish I still had. Great guitar.
What are your top 5 favorite records?
Well, this is kind of an impossible question for me to answer, so here are five albums that have greatly influenced my playing:
Van Halen I
Ah Via Musicom – Eric Johnson
Triple Stop – Scotty Anderson
Beyond It All – Allen Hinds
Talk To Your Daughter – Robben Ford
of course, albums 6-10 are all Polka Floyd!
What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?
The first time I played the Opry and the Ryman. Most special stages I’ve ever been on.
How did you hear about Reverend?
I’d seen a few at Rudy’s in NYC. Then I met Gil Parris, who lives nearby, and I had to check them out!
What Reverend guitar(s) are you using?
Currently, the Reeves Gabrels signature model in trans black.
What do you like about your Reverend guitar?
First off, it’s a visual stunner. Has a really unique profile and a gorgeous finish. I love the versatility as well. I can get a ton of different tones with the bass roll off and the pull pot. And I’m amazed at the Wilkinson trem. Stays in tune perfectly.
What amps and pedals do you currently use?
I’m playing thru a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. I’m a big fan of Wampler pedals. My new board has the Ego, Paisley and SLOstortion. Then I’ve got the AC Plus, Guyatone Wah Rocker and TC’s Nova Mod and Flashback delay.
Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?
Well, I’m a pretty big nerd once you get past the cool guitar stuff! Fantasy sports, video games, Dilbert comics. Don’t hold it against me!
Do you have any advice for up and coming players?
I’d say the main thing is to play from your heart. It’s more important to find your guitar “voice” that’s unique to you than it is to perfectly imitate anyone else’s. Steal from your idols, then be yourself.
Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about?
I’m fortunate to be doing Jersey Boys eight shows a week on Broadway. I’m also working on couple of original CD projects that should be out later this year.