Altus Records Recording Artist
Home town: Memphis, Tennessee
I Come from a family of musicians. My grandfather JB Maxcy was the first man to play harmonica live on the radio. -Atlanta Journal, Sept 22, 1923
I started singing in public when I was 3 years old at the corner barber shop.
I did session work around Memphis until 1981. Worked in Sun Recording Studios, American Studios, Ardent Studios, Sounds of Memphis, and Stairway Studios in Memphis.
Was a featured performer at the first five Memphis in May music festivals.
Opening act in concerts with headliners: Rick Springfield, Pure Prairie League, Styx, Stephen Bishop, Koko Taylor, and Eddie Clearwater. Performed on stage and/or recordings with Furry Lewis, Leo LeBlanc, The Hombres, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bonnie Bramlett, Lindy Hearne, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, and played with Don McNatt and the Smplzat Band, in additon to fronting my own Harp Country Band at the Palomino in Los Angeles. Hosted a popular songwriter’s showcase in Los Angeles at the “Hideaway” in Shadow Hills. Many celebrities would come out (some to perform), including Bonnie Bramlett, David Carradine, William Shatner, and others.
“Harp Country” CD released in 1998. Over 10 years in the making. Three of the songs from “Harp Country” were featured in the motion picture “Devil Girl” (DVD Available late 2008). One song, “Down So Long” had a complete scene built around it, according to movie producer Tracy Wilcox. For more details about the movie go to http:www.devilgirlthemovie.com.
Lived in L.A. from 1981 until 1994. Won competition in 1993 for the California Country Music Association’s “Instrumentalist of the Year” for the 3-state area (CA, NV, AZ). Was nominated for several other awards including Entertainer of the Year, Band of the Year, and his song “Hollywood” (on an upcoming CD) was nominated for Song of the Year.
Moved to Winchester, KY in 1994 and has worked in the central Kentucky area since, performing at nearly every music venue in this area, including the Boone Pioneer Festival in Winchester, Lexington’s Mayfest and many others. Altus Records (of Winchester) will release more new CDs in the near future.