New Album Now Available!
"Songs of Dignity & Grit"
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1. What's your connection to the album?
I played bass on several cuts and I play in the Julie Nolen band.
2. How do you know Julie?
I was introduced by drummer Brannan Lane.
3. What other bands/projects are you working on?
The Blues Bank Robbers, The Top Kats and I have a CD coming out in January.
4. (Optional) if you have a favorite track of the album, please list it here:
Still Love You
5. What is your musical background? How did you get into music?
Always had and interest in music but I didn't get really serious until I was in college. Believe it or not the bands my college fraternity hired to play convinced me. That and not knowing what the hell I was doing in college in the first place.
6. What was the first record you ever bought with your own money?
Hard to be exact but I'd say The Jimmy Hendrix Experience was close. I also had the pleasure of turning a number of people on to Hendrix with that album for the first
time. Although she may not remember on of those notables was Susan Antone...ask her I'd love to hear if she remembers that day in the sitting room at Mayfair House.
7. What are music are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
A lot of blues and jazz but I try to keep up with current pop music as much as possible...at least the stuff that catches my ear.
8. Tell me something people would be surprised to know about you...
Know what about me? LOL ...I wasn't there and I have an alibi. Most everyone knows I'm an irreverent musician and unapologetic Democratic Socialist.
9. If your life had a sound track, name a few songs or artists that would be on it.
Jimmy Reed, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, the English wave, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Grover Washington Jr., Jimmy Smith, George Benson, Michael Jackson, the 80's' wave, Jamaica, Brazil and beyond.
10. What does "dignity & grit" mean to you?
Hard work and determination to overcome the adversities in life.
When I asked Brannan, the drummer, if there was any bass player he would want to play with that wasn't busy all the time who would that be, he said Rusty. And Rusty has been a great addition to the band and a good friend ever since. Yay! A bass player that sings!