Raised in several countries in South America, came of age musically in the Chicago blues scene, working with Blues Hall-of-Famer Lonnie Brooks. After moving to Knoxville, Tennessee, joined Terry Hill's Balboa, which worked out of the NYC area for several years and was voted one of Knoxville's Best Bands Ever. Worked on TNN's "I-40 Paradise" and "Pickin’ at the Paradise" music television series, performing with hundreds of country, pop and Americana artists. Formed the hqband, which won over a dozen Best of Knoxville awards and released 5 recordings. For many years (and still, when possible) toured and recorded with R.B. Morris, whom Lucinda Williams has called the greatest "unknown" songwriter in the country; was (and remains) a member of the regional swing and honky-tonk institution Lonesome Coyotes; and with Terry Hill formed the fictional band UWP. A recent solo recording, Field Notes, follows his 2007 all-acoustic release Wherever You Go. Now living in Charleston, South Carolina, performing solo, with fellow East Tennessee ex-pat Kevin Crothers and various imaginary bands, periodic Lonesome Coyote gigs, and sitting in with Roger Bellow's Drifting Troubadours whenever they'll allow.
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