Where and when was your first show? I played lots of free events when I was starting out. Lots of community markets and fundraisers. So I’ll go with my first paid show. I had been sitting with a guy at home at the local pub for a few months. He went away on vacation for a month and I was asked to fill in for him. It was the first time I’d been paid to play. I sat up on the stool and played for four hours straight with my head down the whole time. Luckily my stage presence improved over the years.
What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence? Aside from my grandfather, a fiddle player, who always said “as long as there is somebody listening, there should be somebody playing” a mantra I try to live by. I’d have to say John Fogerty and CCR. He’s the whole package. The songs, the playing and the singing. The recordings always sounded so great as well.
What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences? I had a gig at a Air Force base on Remembrance Day(Canadian Memorial Day). The show was going fine when a bunch of MPs came in the room and rushed us all out because of a bomb threat. As we stood gathered out side we all started singing our national anthem. Turns out the bomb threat came from the wife of one of the guys who wanted him home.
Favorite Food:Can’t beat a good steak Favorite Drink: Single Malt Scotch
If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself? I really don’t know. But they’d have to be able to pull off the beard and long hair look. If we could have him back, John Belushi.
Cat-Person, Dog-Person, or both? Dog person. Always had a dogs growing. I’m on the road too much now to have one right now. Maybe when all that slows down.