Biography

It all began at a place called Cousin Jed's Guitar Shed in Grandview Missouri. I came home with a JB Player "Professional Series" guitar with EMG selects, a Floyd Rose, built in wireless, and an obnoxious little Gorilla amplifier - and began torturing my mother with them right away. I was all of 16 years old then.

I was raised in the Springfield MO area, but had traveled to 6 of the 7 continents by age 24 compliments of Uncle Sam. I joined the Navy and traveled the world during the early 90's, and played pretty regular until I was married in 1996. The Ibanez RG-550 I bought myself just before I turned twenty (I was born in 1970) saw most of that travel, and finally fell apart in 1996. Not long after, music took a back seat to starting a family. By 2005 the marriage had failed and I spent some of the settlement money on new gear - namely a '72 Thinline Telecaster reissue, a Digitech GNX4, and an Orange AD30TC. I also had a Taylor 412 to keep my acoustic bug happy. I slowly assembled a small home studio, working through ProTracks, then Cuebase, before finally settling on a ProTools mAudio solution. Returning to what I loved, and what originally satisfied so many expressive needs for me, I had to work pretty hard to get close to the kind of player I once was, but my situation in life afforded me several hours to practice every day. I fell in with the open blues jam crowd at the now defunct Blayney's in Westport, playing alongside many wonderful and talented folks most every Tuesday night like Mark and Sue of Wyandotte County based "Blue 88". Iron indeed sharpens iron.

I also discovered the Burning Man community and culture during this time, which begat an introduction to the love of my life. Once I fell, there was no turning back... long story short, with the economy in the toilet I became divested of the majority of my gear slowly over time to pay bills. I then relocated to sunny Southern California to be with her, and it didn't work out.

I purchased a cheap Yamaha FG700S accoustic guitar for my 42nd birthday in 2013, and I'm doing my best to spend at least an hour each day working on new chord structures, scales, and stepping into whatever kind of musician it is I'm supposed to be. For quite a while, I'll only be tossing short pieces I've worked out in front of my LG Android Phone, in mono. My more polished bits are from GarageBand on a now ancient 1st generation iPad. Hopefully the day gig will net what's needed to rebuild the home studio in 21st Century fashion.

I have a TON of influences, and they run the full spectrum of musical styles with the exception of "tear in my beer" country, or hard core gangsta rap. Many influences (in no particular order [well OK, Tool first]) include:

Tool, The Prayer Chain, Fold Zandura, A Perfect Circle, Oasis, The Gorillaz, Led Zeppelin, Space Hog, Brad, Bob Marley, Better Than Ezra, Audioslave, Rage Against The Machine, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Kula Shaker, Frank Zappa, The Moody Blues, The Pimps, Radiohead, Traffic, System Of A Down, Queensryche, Portishead, The Cult, Lenny Kravitz, The Cure, Corrosion Of Conformity, Nine Inch Nails, No Doubt, Orbital, Particle, Massive Attack, John Mayer, Hooverphonic, Extreme, Faith No More, Pink Floyd, Garbage, Brother Cain, Cake, Dada, HIM, Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna

Music rss

Title Genre Released Plays
Staring Into The Abyss (H.A.L.T.) 1.1 Rock Aug 21, 2017 64
Hillbilly to the Burbs - Lead Guitar Mix Alternative Aug 13, 2017 144
Hillbilly to the Burbs - Extended Jam Mix Alternative Aug 13, 2017 125
Funky Swing 98 Reprise 1.2 - Crispy Mix Rock Aug 11, 2017 174
Funky Swing 98 Reprise 1.1 Rock Aug 10, 2017 179
Funky Swing 98 - Reprise 1.0 Rock Aug 10, 2017 151
Three Gees Alternative Aug 6, 2017 154
Sunday Swing Alternative Aug 6, 2017 189
Coffee and Cream Alternative Aug 2, 2017 160
44 Years (2017) Alternative Jul 9, 2017 160
Noise Alternative Feb 6, 2017 381
HarmoMinor (Mix 1.2) Alternative Feb 6, 2017 328
What's Next (Mix 1.1) Alternative Jan 25, 2017 270
A Wolf Howling (Mix 1.3) Alternative Jan 25, 2017 365
Acoustic Lightning Dreams (Mix 1.1) Alternative Jan 22, 2017 284
A n x i e t y Explicit Alternative Jan 19, 2017 254
Anxiety 1.0 Explicit Alternative Jan 18, 2017 269
Who Do Shimmer (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 123
Guardian Angel (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 143
Deja Rain (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 136
Movin' (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 140
Long Way From Home (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 187
6 Add Nine (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 227
Lemme Get My Readers On (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 218
Campbell (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 167
What I'm Supposed To Do (Now) (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 148
This Time Of Day (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 150
Rigg Deux Deux (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 171
Three Chords And The Truth (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 182
This Time Of Day 1.1 Alternative Nov 28, 2016 221
This Time Of Day (1.0) Alternative Nov 28, 2016 224
Campbell (Mix 1.2) Rock Nov 27, 2016 213
Campbell (Mix 1.1) Rock Nov 25, 2016 239
6-9 Mix 1.1 Rock Nov 18, 2016 238
6-9 Rock Nov 17, 2016 313
What I'm Supposed To Do (Now) Alternative Nov 3, 2016 215
Lemme Get My Readers On Rock Oct 31, 2016 307
Movin' [1.3 Hot Solo Mix] Rock Oct 19, 2016 224
WhoDoShimmer 1.1 Rock Oct 12, 2016 220
It Seems So Far 1.0 Rock Oct 7, 2016 240
DejaRain 1.1 Rock Sep 21, 2016 231
18th Guardian Angel Rock Sep 19, 2016 183
What I'm Supposed To Do Rock Jul 28, 2016 181
Rigg Deux^2 Rock Jul 26, 2016 248
Rigg Deux Deux Rock Jul 25, 2016 194
Rigg Deux Rock Jul 21, 2016 371
Start With Stop Rock Jul 11, 2016 215
New Studio Gear Rock Jun 5, 2016 212
6/9 Chord Blues Blues Mar 8, 2016 327
The Wreckage of My Past - Sunday Mix Rock Mar 6, 2016 243
I Was I Am The Youngest Alternative Mar 1, 2016 309
Don't Take The Fall Country Nov 16, 2015 244
Complicated Alternative Nov 12, 2015 196
Sargasso Blues in A Blues Nov 8, 2015 203
Trenching Tool Rock Nov 5, 2015 252
While I Was High Rock Oct 29, 2015 169
Event Horizon (Sparse Drums) Alternative Oct 19, 2015 224
Event Horizon Alternative Oct 18, 2015 247
sh*t t*t Explicit Rock Oct 7, 2015 210
It's Just A Matter Of Time Alternative Oct 5, 2015 284
This Time Of Day Alternative Oct 5, 2015 265
hypervigilance Rock Oct 1, 2015 246
Sick Brain Daydream Alternative Sep 19, 2015 284
How Some Apples Fall Folk Sep 19, 2015 310
H Minor Prog Rock Sep 11, 2015 289
Empty Carrots B-Mix Explicit Alternative Sep 4, 2015 307
Empty Carrots Explicit Alternative Sep 4, 2015 429
Big Wind Again Folk Sep 1, 2015 314
On A Night That Felt Outdated Spiritual/Gospel Aug 29, 2015 318
Disposable People Other Aug 12, 2015 423
Still Haven't Figured This Out Alternative Aug 10, 2015 367
Comin' Off The Tracks Blues Aug 10, 2015 390
44 Years Alternative Jul 26, 2015 257
Would I Faster Alternative Jul 23, 2015 239
Fun K Rock Jul 23, 2015 291
Norwegian Wood (Beatles Cover) Pop Jul 19, 2015 441
Another Sunny Monday Ambient Jul 16, 2015 446
Long way from home (Los Angeles redux) Alternative Jul 13, 2015 338
Guardian Angel (El Lay cut) Alternative Jul 13, 2015 272
Ambivalence Alternative Jul 8, 2015 302
Guardian Angel (Phoenix Cut) Alternative Jul 7, 2015 306
Gonna Set It On Fire Alternative Jul 7, 2015 250
E-Beth Ambient Jun 30, 2015 252
Hexatonics Rock Jun 30, 2015 273
At the threshold Rock Jun 28, 2015 407
Dunno where it's going. Ambient Jun 23, 2015 352
In Nectars Time Alternative Jun 19, 2015 246
Slow Folk Jun 19, 2015 269
Spencer Alternative Jun 1, 2015 251
Hot Leslie Remix Rock May 15, 2015 266
Hot Leslie Rock May 15, 2015 295
Haven Ambient May 15, 2015 322
Room 128E Rock May 15, 2015 284
Tuesday Rock May 15, 2015 271
que? Alternative Apr 19, 2015 277
in E 2.0 Rock Jan 11, 2015 442
Strong Tom Rock Oct 1, 2014 506
Space Rock Sep 30, 2014 375
Pendleton - Final Mix Rock Jul 19, 2013 347
Govinda Blues Oct 18, 2012 618
Euripides Blues Oct 5, 2012 333
Wish YOU were here. Blues Oct 5, 2012 533
Open Gee - Garageband Style Blues Oct 4, 2012 429
Open Gee Blues Oct 4, 2012 346
Firey Sunset Folk Sep 21, 2012 360
Brooke Other Sep 17, 2012 341
37 Other Dec 30, 2010 620
Campbell Rock Jun 1, 2008 1459
Long Way From Home Folk Feb 4, 2008 1603
After A While Rock Oct 12, 2007 1537
Coming Home Rock Sep 10, 2007 1797
Electric Electronica Aug 2, 2007 1515
Sorrow Rock Aug 1, 2007 1506
Muddy Water - Final Mix Ambient Jul 4, 2007 1580
Seasons - Final Mix Ambient Jul 4, 2007 1416
Parade into Centuries Electronica Jun 7, 2007 1661
Big Wind Alternative May 20, 2007 1835
As Yet Untitled Blues Apr 16, 2007 2031
Lasik Sunrise Reprise Demo A Rock Apr 11, 2007 1792
Muddy Water - 2nd Mix Ambient Mar 18, 2007 1827
Say Anything Rock Mar 18, 2007 1748
Rising Electronica Feb 27, 2007 1716
Behind My Eyes Folk Feb 18, 2007 1761
Muddy Water Alternative Feb 8, 2007 1865
Most Of All Alternative Feb 8, 2007 1701
Seasons - Demo2 Ambient Jan 20, 2007 1737
Seasons Ambient Jan 20, 2007 1741
Margarette2 Blues Nov 28, 2006 1828
November 2006 [Very Rough Draft] Rock Nov 27, 2006 1895
Margarette [Rough Draft] Blues Oct 24, 2006 1801
MixLDN 7 Rock Oct 3, 2006 1914
What the Hell is This? Ambient Oct 3, 2006 1912
What the Hell is This? [Rough Cut] Alternative Oct 2, 2006 1923
Shakawkaw Other Aug 2, 2006 2574
Nosce te ipsum [FinalMix] Blues Jun 2, 2006 1936
Spira [Very Rough] Funk May 30, 2006 1830
Nosce te ipsum Blues May 30, 2006 1886
Nosce te ipsum[rough cut] Blues May 24, 2006 1837
MixLDN2 Alternative Apr 14, 2006 1830
Groove - Take 2 Rock Apr 12, 2006 1824
Teflon Soul Alternative Apr 12, 2006 1883
Sarah 2 Blues Apr 11, 2006 1812
Lasik Sunrise Blues Apr 11, 2006 2141

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Seasons (bassed) Ambient Jan 20, 2007 2235

Favorites

Title Artist Genre Plays
If NOTHING... Barretok Blues 2659
It Starts Here EvilFactman [+1] Inspirational 3094
Defined mkepler [+1] Rock 3163
Lake Powell Love mkepler [+1] Folk 5113
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