.Bio; I started playing music when I was 8 years old (1973), 3 months later I won my 1st trophy at a Fiddle contest. Immediately there after I was asked to play Fiddle for Merle Haggard (at 8 ½ years old) and be part of his band (The Strangers). I toured with Merle and the Strangers for 3 years. After Merle I started my own band (The Tigar Bell /Band). My band was together for 14 years. We opened shows for many different artists, Asleep At the Wheel, Liberace, Mel Tillis, The /spinners, Tanya Tucker, The Belamey Brothers, just to name a few. In 1984-1985 my band was the number 1 independent touring band in Canada. We also won the Peoples Choice award and Single of the year for the South West Music Coalition in 1986.
Shortly after moving to Nashville in 1993 Ricky Van Shelton offered me a job playing Fiddle and Guitar and Singing Harmony. Since moving to town (Nashville) I have played Fiddle Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, and Sang Harmony on many sessions. Including Ricky Van Shelton (Love and Honor with Sony Music), the Sound Track for Bay Watch. I was also given the opportunity to Produce Ricky’s new album that will be out in...? (still waiting) On Ricky’s new album I am the Producer, Engineer, Arranger, and played all Instruments and Sang all the Harmony.
I was signed to Tom Collins Publishing Company for 3 years as a Composer, Producer, and Writer. After working for Tom Collins I went back on the road with Pam Tillis and Collin Ray. I returned to Ricky’s band in 1999 untill I toured with Travis Tritt from-2005-2010.
When I am not on the road, I am part of the staff band for the new Shotgun Red show on RFD TV comming out soon, also I do several dinner shows at the Nashville Night Life Dinner Theater and work on the General Jackson Showboat. I am a always working in my home studio, were I do demos for song writers, albums for artists,and play on other people's stuff over the internet.