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MY BIO

Photo by L. Keonitzer (2017)

Central Texas BlueGrass Association, August 2017

When I was 13 years old some of my neighborhood friends and I decided to start a band. The bass intrigued me because of the way it holds the band together and pushes the music forward. I chose to play the bass guitar. Later, I added upright bass. 

 

My early bands in the Houston - Galveston area included Yesterday's Future. During college at the University of Texas, I played with Marcia Ball's first Austin band, CL Gumbo. After college I spent 39 years working at IBM. During my time at IBM I played music with Benny Rowe & Lucid Dream, Joe Blanda, Bill Rowan & the High Rollers featuring Mary Hattersley, Let's Get Big featuring Mary & Lissa Hattersley, Steve Pack, a couple of times with Austin favorites Walter Hyatt & Champ Hood, and for 10+ years with Erbie Bowser, T.D. Bell and the Blues Specialists. During my time with Erbie & T.D., I played bass on the blues album "It's About Time." The album was nominated for the W.C. Handy Award as Best Traditional Blues Recording of 1993.

 

I have filled in with many performers including Jimmy Butler, Rolf & Beate Sieker, The Silky Brisket Brothers, Lauren & the Backdirt Brothers, Folkwine, Blacktop Bend, and Greg Harris. I occasionally play arco bass in church orchestras and ensembles for Christmas and Easter services.

 

I have performed in musical plays including Cotton Patch Gospel and multiple runs of The Gospel Accordin' To Texas (GATT). I served as Band Leader in the 2013 edition of GATT.

 

Since retiring from IBM, I have concentrated on Bluegrass Music and I continue to play with bands of different genres, including:

  • Western Swing and Country Music with Mike Stroup, Tom Duplissey, Annie Rost and Rachael Hutton

  • Folk Music with Folkwine

  • Bluegrass and Americana Music with Bobby Giles & Texas Gales, Randy Collier & Grassland, One Eye Open, and the Hot Pickin' 57s as a fill-in

 

Some notable venues I have played:

  • Astrohall in Houston with Yesterday's Future

  • Skyline & One Knite Clubs in Austin with Marcia Ball

  • Armadillo World Headquarters with Marcia Ball

  • Utrecht Netherlands Blues Estafette with Erbie Bowser & T.D. Bell

  • Wolf Trap Farms in Virginia and Austin's Frank Erwin Center with Erbie & T.D.

  • 10+ year Friday Happy Hour residency at Continental Club with Erbie & T.D.

  • The Broken Spoke with Bill Rowan & the High Rollers

  • Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival

 

I have recorded with:

  • Yesterday's Future: Green Grass/Don's Diversionary Tactic - single

  • Erbie Bowser and T.D. Bell: It's About Time - album

  • Joe Blanda: Do What You Wanna Do - single

  • Jimmy Butler: Dance on the Blacktop - album

  • Steve Pack: Flesh & Bone - album

  • Rocky Ivy: Unreleased

  • A May Morning: Shockwave - single

  • Bobby Giles & Texas Gales - Soon to be released

 

I am a member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the Western Music Association (WMA) and the Austin Blues Society (ABS). I am a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). I am a proud alumni of IBMA's Leadership Bluegrass program, Class of 2018 (Best class ever).

 

I am a member of the Central Texas Bluegrass Association (CTBA) and served four years as an officer on the Board of Directors (2015-2018).

Photo by L. Keonitzer (2017)

Photo by Diana Ost of dianaostphotography.com