How long have you been with Open G?
I’m a flounder of Open G, one of two still left. Kinda like if the Beatles got back together.
What other bands did you play in?
No other band would put up with me, this is it.
Where did you grow up?
I was raised a snotty Brighton kid, class clown smart ass. Squeaked through school.
When did you start playing music?
I started playing guitar in middle school because it was better than doing homework. I grew up in a musical house, it came naturally that I should be playing something. Guitar seemed to be the most annoying to the rest of the family, perfect.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
Stones, Beatles, Clapton, Zappa, Aerosmith, in no particular order.
What was the first record you bought?
The first record that meant something was “Get Your Ya Yas Out”.
What artists do you listen to today?
The stuff I listen to today is the same sort of music: Black Crowes, Tom Petty, Stevie Ray Vaughan, with a bit more blues and a dash of reggae.
What makes playing music with Open G fun?
So you ask, what’s fun about playing with Open G? You mean the loading of equipment after a gig at one in the morning when it’s 2 degrees out. The $50.00 per gig you can put into your gas tank to get home. The feeling you get when you forget the words or chords to a song you’ve sung 100 times in front of a bunch of people, and don’t worry… someone will point it out to you. Or maybe unplugging my own guitar by standing on the chord during a solo. Or some dick yelling out “more cow bell” or Freebird”, really it’s not that funny, really. Remembering that you left something at home while setting up for a show. The 60 cycle hummmmm you get and can’t find where it’s coming from, must be the other guy’s guitar, ha. Watching a fellow band member knock his mic stand and drink over during a song. All the chicks and groupies we get to choose from after a gig, oh wait that hasn’t happened, never mind. It does give me a reason to buy another guitar though.