August Schedule

Hey all! Here's the August schedule!

Thu 8/2 - Olde Homestead Golf Club - New Tripoli, PA

Fri 8/3 - Lumpy Magee's Pub and Grub - Philadelphia, PA

Sat 8/4 - Mulligan's Shore Bar and Grill - Wildwood, NJ
Sun 8/5 - The Boathouse Restaurant - Wildwood, NJ
Fri 8/10 - The Fest For Beatles Fans 2018 Chicago
Sat 8/11 - The Fest For Beatles Fans 2018 Chicago
Sun 8/12 - The Fest For Beatles Fans 2018 Chicago
Wed 8/15 - The View at Morgan Hill - Easton, PA
Fri 8/17 - Harrigans-Pub Pa - Hatboro, PA
Sat 8/19 - Chantilly's - Barnesville, PA (with Vinyl Persuasion)
Sun 8/20 - The Boathouse Restaurant - Wildwood, NJ
Fri 8/24 - Danville Moose Family Center #1133 - Danville, PA
Sat 8/25 - Lower Saucon Sportmen's Assc, - Bethlehem, PA
Sun 8/26 - The Boathouse Restaurant - Wildwood, NJ
Fri 8/31 - The Official Crossroads Tavern - Perkasie, PA

Thanks for all the love and support! Hope to see you at the shows!

Why I Do What I Do The Way I Do What I Do (Part 1)

April 08, 2018


OK, we've covered how I got started. So now we'll get into how and why I perform my shows the way I do. This may be a little long. So I'll divide it into parts. In the meantime, grab a beverage, sit back, relax and read on...

I've always wanted to be in a band. Well, I should clarify a bit. I've been in bands over the years, and for the most part, I've loved the experience. But what I've really wanted, was to be the frontman and leader of my own band.

I never wanted to rule with an iron hand. But at the same time, I've always had specific ideas of what I wanted and expected from a band. Here's the thing though. I've always been difficult to work with. What I didn't really understand until now though, is why that's been the case. I'm moody. I'm opinionated. I suffer from depression (which exacerbates those things), and for a long time, I was never very good at interpersonal communication. That lead to a lot of misunderstanding (but that's an entirely different story or two...  maybe I'll elaborate on that another time). Like I said, I was difficult to work with and that's the basic reason of why I'm not in a band anymore, whether it be my own or as a member of someone else's.

Another thing about me, is that I'm very unsure of my own abilities. I never had anyone really encouraging me at home (or anywhere else) while starting my musical journey. My parents never discouraged me. They never really encouraged me either. I never seriously took lessons for any instrument. The family could never afford it and to be fair, as a kid I never really stuck with any activity long enough for them to think it worth the investment. I have a couple cousins that were musical and one of them taught me how to play a few chords on the guitar. Other than that, and a few informal lessons from Greg Howe (to whom I consider one of my oldest & closest friends an owe more than a few thank you's), I'm basically 100% self-taught. On top of that, I failed Music Theory in school. Music is the one thing I've loved more than anything, and I couldn't (and still don't) understand the science and math of how it works. I just could never grasp it. I'm still trying and truth be told, it's still just as confusing to me. 

To summarize: for any number of reasons, I can't "play well" with others. But, I want (or maybe even need) to be in, or lead a band. And, I doubt my own abilities in comparison to other performers.  So, what to do?

Stay tuned...

How I got started...

April 04, 2018

I've been a singer ever since I was a kid. Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to sing. I wanted to be Elvis (my dad was a HUGE Elvis Presley fan. He practically raised me on his music and early TV appearances). As I got older, I could never find someone to accompany me, and let me just sing. So I learned how to play guitar. I'd heard (and seen in the movies) that girls liked guitars... and they really seemed to like guitar players. Of course, what I didn't realize, was that those guitar players were famous, and had much more self-confidence than I did (or still do, to be 100% honest). So, my quest to meet girls kinda failed. After a few years of playing, (and seeing some improvement) I thought to myself, "Hmmm... Maybe I could get paid for this!". So I started going to local Open Mic nights and learning how to perform in front of an audience (there are recordings... No, I won't be sharing them). I slowly built up my show, and learned enough songs to put together one full set. And then it finally happened: I was asked to play a showcase! FOR MONEY! So on May 26, 1993, at a small bar in Easton, PA, I made my professional debut. My friends came out (all 3 or 4 of them) to support me. I was one of three acts on the bill, and I was paid the princely sum of $25.00. I was in heaven! And, I was terrible. But, I was finally a "real" professional musician.



(The first live photo May 26, 1993 - Porter's Pub in Easton, PA)

Since that first gig almost 25 years ago, I've played all over the country. I've opened for national acts. I've met some of my musical heroes. I've released a few albums worth of cover material (maybe one day an original album will happen...) and I've had a few songs included on some internationally released Tribute/Compilation albums. I've also been in out of several bands (that's going to be talked about more in my next post). I've had major highs, and I've had soul-crushing lows in my career. But there's one thing that has always remained constant over the past 25 years:

I love and live for the performance. To interact with my audience. To feel and feed off the give and take of energy is the greatest feeling in the world. When it feels effortless... when it's pure love...
That's the best part feeling of all. That is heaven.

Until next time... Thanks for reading, listening, and being here!