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
When She Calls Me Baby (Mix 1.4) Alternative Dec 5, 2017 89
When She Calls Me Baby (Ugly Mix) Alternative Dec 5, 2017 92
Orange A N X I E T Y 2.0 (The 1.1 Automation Mix) Rock Dec 1, 2017 79
Gretsch Plate Alternative Nov 21, 2017 110
Orange A n x i e t y 2.0 Alternative Nov 21, 2017 85
Orange Anxiety Alternative Nov 19, 2017 185
Staring Into The Abyss (H.A.L.T.) 1.1 Rock Aug 21, 2017 194
Hillbilly to the Burbs - Lead Guitar Mix Alternative Aug 13, 2017 213
Hillbilly to the Burbs - Extended Jam Mix Alternative Aug 13, 2017 179
Funky Swing 98 Reprise 1.2 - Crispy Mix Rock Aug 11, 2017 242
Funky Swing 98 Reprise 1.1 Rock Aug 10, 2017 234
Funky Swing 98 - Reprise 1.0 Rock Aug 10, 2017 216
Three Gees Alternative Aug 6, 2017 202
Sunday Swing Alternative Aug 6, 2017 245
Coffee and Cream Alternative Aug 2, 2017 226
44 Years (2017) Alternative Jul 9, 2017 187
Noise Alternative Feb 6, 2017 412
HarmoMinor (Mix 1.2) Alternative Feb 6, 2017 348
What's Next (Mix 1.1) Alternative Jan 25, 2017 284
A Wolf Howling (Mix 1.3) Alternative Jan 25, 2017 401
Acoustic Lightning Dreams (Mix 1.1) Alternative Jan 22, 2017 326
A n x i e t y Explicit Alternative Jan 19, 2017 276
Anxiety 1.0 Explicit Alternative Jan 18, 2017 313
Who Do Shimmer (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 136
Guardian Angel (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 161
Deja Rain (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 149
Movin' (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 151
Long Way From Home (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 206
6 Add Nine (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 248
Lemme Get My Readers On (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 264
Campbell (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 177
What I'm Supposed To Do (Now) (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 159
This Time Of Day (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 164
Rigg Deux Deux (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 198
Three Chords And The Truth (Final Album Release) Alternative Dec 13, 2016 201
This Time Of Day 1.1 Alternative Nov 28, 2016 243
This Time Of Day (1.0) Alternative Nov 28, 2016 248
Campbell (Mix 1.2) Rock Nov 27, 2016 233
Campbell (Mix 1.1) Rock Nov 25, 2016 258
6-9 Mix 1.1 Rock Nov 18, 2016 260
6-9 Rock Nov 17, 2016 339
What I'm Supposed To Do (Now) Alternative Nov 3, 2016 232
Lemme Get My Readers On Rock Oct 31, 2016 319
Movin' [1.3 Hot Solo Mix] Rock Oct 19, 2016 242
WhoDoShimmer 1.1 Rock Oct 12, 2016 232
It Seems So Far 1.0 Rock Oct 7, 2016 265
DejaRain 1.1 Rock Sep 21, 2016 263
18th Guardian Angel Rock Sep 19, 2016 206
What I'm Supposed To Do Rock Jul 28, 2016 197
Rigg Deux^2 Rock Jul 26, 2016 270
Rigg Deux Deux Rock Jul 25, 2016 208
Rigg Deux Rock Jul 21, 2016 397
Start With Stop Rock Jul 11, 2016 239
New Studio Gear Rock Jun 5, 2016 237
6/9 Chord Blues Blues Mar 8, 2016 356
The Wreckage of My Past - Sunday Mix Rock Mar 6, 2016 265
I Was I Am The Youngest Alternative Mar 1, 2016 342
Don't Take The Fall Country Nov 16, 2015 270
Complicated Alternative Nov 12, 2015 205
Sargasso Blues in A Blues Nov 8, 2015 221
Trenching Tool Rock Nov 5, 2015 272
While I Was High Rock Oct 29, 2015 190
Event Horizon (Sparse Drums) Alternative Oct 19, 2015 231
Event Horizon Alternative Oct 18, 2015 268
sh*t t*t Explicit Rock Oct 7, 2015 226
It's Just A Matter Of Time Alternative Oct 5, 2015 302
This Time Of Day Alternative Oct 5, 2015 281
hypervigilance Rock Oct 1, 2015 264
Sick Brain Daydream Alternative Sep 19, 2015 302
How Some Apples Fall Folk Sep 19, 2015 331
H Minor Prog Rock Sep 11, 2015 302
Empty Carrots B-Mix Explicit Alternative Sep 4, 2015 324
Empty Carrots Explicit Alternative Sep 4, 2015 458
Big Wind Again Folk Sep 1, 2015 326
On A Night That Felt Outdated Spiritual/Gospel Aug 29, 2015 355
Disposable People Other Aug 12, 2015 441
Still Haven't Figured This Out Alternative Aug 10, 2015 399
Comin' Off The Tracks Blues Aug 10, 2015 426
44 Years Alternative Jul 26, 2015 275
Would I Faster Alternative Jul 23, 2015 256
Fun K Rock Jul 23, 2015 305
Norwegian Wood (Beatles Cover) Pop Jul 19, 2015 465
Another Sunny Monday Ambient Jul 16, 2015 479
Long way from home (Los Angeles redux) Alternative Jul 13, 2015 355
Guardian Angel (El Lay cut) Alternative Jul 13, 2015 290
Ambivalence Alternative Jul 8, 2015 325
Guardian Angel (Phoenix Cut) Alternative Jul 7, 2015 325
Gonna Set It On Fire Alternative Jul 7, 2015 264
E-Beth Ambient Jun 30, 2015 268
Hexatonics Rock Jun 30, 2015 297
At the threshold Rock Jun 28, 2015 431
Dunno where it's going. Ambient Jun 23, 2015 373
In Nectars Time Alternative Jun 19, 2015 263
Slow Folk Jun 19, 2015 287
Spencer Alternative Jun 1, 2015 263
Hot Leslie Remix Rock May 15, 2015 283
Hot Leslie Rock May 15, 2015 311
Haven Ambient May 15, 2015 337
Room 128E Rock May 15, 2015 297
Tuesday Rock May 15, 2015 284
que? Alternative Apr 19, 2015 293
in E 2.0 Rock Jan 11, 2015 472
Strong Tom Rock Oct 1, 2014 535
Space Rock Sep 30, 2014 392
Pendleton - Final Mix Rock Jul 19, 2013 366
Govinda Blues Oct 18, 2012 641
Euripides Blues Oct 5, 2012 347
Wish YOU were here. Blues Oct 5, 2012 547
Open Gee - Garageband Style Blues Oct 4, 2012 454
Open Gee Blues Oct 4, 2012 359
Firey Sunset Folk Sep 21, 2012 375
Brooke Other Sep 17, 2012 356
37 Other Dec 30, 2010 640
Campbell Rock Jun 1, 2008 1477
Long Way From Home Folk Feb 4, 2008 1621
After A While Rock Oct 12, 2007 1559
Coming Home Rock Sep 10, 2007 1813
Electric Electronica Aug 2, 2007 1531
Sorrow Rock Aug 1, 2007 1522
Muddy Water - Final Mix Ambient Jul 4, 2007 1598
Seasons - Final Mix Ambient Jul 4, 2007 1428
Parade into Centuries Electronica Jun 7, 2007 1685
Big Wind Alternative May 20, 2007 1853
As Yet Untitled Blues Apr 16, 2007 2047
Lasik Sunrise Reprise Demo A Rock Apr 11, 2007 1809
Muddy Water - 2nd Mix Ambient Mar 18, 2007 1847
Say Anything Rock Mar 18, 2007 1768
Rising Electronica Feb 27, 2007 1728
Behind My Eyes Folk Feb 18, 2007 1770
Muddy Water Alternative Feb 8, 2007 1895
Most Of All Alternative Feb 8, 2007 1729
Seasons - Demo2 Ambient Jan 20, 2007 1764
Seasons Ambient Jan 20, 2007 1766
Margarette2 Blues Nov 28, 2006 1851
November 2006 [Very Rough Draft] Rock Nov 27, 2006 1920
Margarette [Rough Draft] Blues Oct 24, 2006 1816
MixLDN 7 Rock Oct 3, 2006 1942
What the Hell is This? Ambient Oct 3, 2006 1935
What the Hell is This? [Rough Cut] Alternative Oct 2, 2006 1950
Shakawkaw Other Aug 2, 2006 2619
Nosce te ipsum [FinalMix] Blues Jun 2, 2006 1960
Spira [Very Rough] Funk May 30, 2006 1855
Nosce te ipsum Blues May 30, 2006 1900
Nosce te ipsum[rough cut] Blues May 24, 2006 1860
MixLDN2 Alternative Apr 14, 2006 1846
Groove - Take 2 Rock Apr 12, 2006 1845
Teflon Soul Alternative Apr 12, 2006 1908
Sarah 2 Blues Apr 11, 2006 1829
Lasik Sunrise Blues Apr 11, 2006 2164

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Seasons (bassed) Ambient Jan 20, 2007 2251

Favorites

Title Artist Genre Plays
If NOTHING... Barretok Blues 2741
It Starts Here EvilFactman [+1] Inspirational 3159
Defined mkepler [+1] Rock 3205
Lake Powell Love mkepler [+1] Folk 5153
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