Having performed and recorded in many venues and studios over the years, I have a solid background in the music industry. I've been writing and playing original and cover tunes for a host of businesses and private venues on the east coast. I started performing as a drummer in cover bands through the 70s and 80s, I am currently performing solo and duo gigs, playing acoustic guitar and singing what I call "Acoustic Island Rock " with a bit of acoustic blues mixed in.
Inspired by several country and blues artists at the time, I started writing my own songs in the early 80s. I was invited to record two of my originals, His Eyes and Every Word, at Nightingale Recording Studios in Nashville during the summer of 1995. My songs were to be added to a compilation CD of several possible recording artists that would be marketed around the country. Unfortunately, that didn't work out?
During the early 2000s I performed at the Harbor Shack in Rock Hall, MD. At the time, this was a regular gig for a band I helped form called Second Sight. We performed mostly cover tunes but i wanted to do more originals. We were approached by a regular patron of the bar, John Webster, producer of No Wake Productions, and asked to perform live on the Harbor Shack deck for the filming of a new TV show called Making Waves in a No Wake Zone. John said they wanted us to look the part and that they would overlay licensed music during the segment. He also said that if we had any original music to play it and he would assess for possible use. We performed several of my original songs. John liked what he heard and, after the filming was complete, he offered a recording contract for three of my the originals to be used in the pilot episode featuring Rock Hall.
In September 2008, Simple & Free, Chesapeake Bay and Do They Have Rum, with Simple and Free was selected to be the theme for the show, were recorded with Erwin Musper at The Bamboo Room just south of Cincinnati, OH. Erwin, a world renowned sound engineer, worked with John Lennon, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen and The Scorpions to name a few.
All three songs were part of the Making Waves in a No Wake Zone TV series that eventually aired on Velocity Channel.
Between 1998 and 2012, I built, owned and operated Root Cellar Recording Studios under the business name, Tadpole Productions. During that time, I produced and recorded artists such as: Kit Stewart of the once famous Philly rock band "The Kit Kats", Joey Folkerson, recent lead guitarist for Chubby Checker, Greg Shrader of The Lost Orphans, Greg Ellingsworth, and Deloy Moore, solo artist and co-writer from Charlottesville VA. I produced and released CDs for these artists and many more.
During the summer of 2001, Steve Kilbey , bassist, singer and songwriter for "The Church" , booked studio time and hired me to help engineer, produce and record a solo album he was writing. He planned to travel back to his home in Australia to finish the project but, once his producers listened to my work, they decided to release the CD world wide. The CD, entitled "Dabble", is still available today on The Church website.
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