When I was 12 my friend played me the opening riff of “Manic Depression” by Jimi Hendrix on his older brothers guitar. Shortly after that my Dad, a singer and blues harmonica player, showed me Stevie Ray Vaughn’s version of “Little wing”. I was hooked. My Father and I picked up my first guitar at a pawn shop near Houston and I went home and played Manic Depression about a million times! Something for you parents reading this to look forward to!
I proceeded to take lessons from a professional guitarist and friend of my father. In eighth grade my friends and I formed our first band which continued through high school, playing Jimi Hendrix, Talking heads, Phish, and Grateful Dead songs at parties and school events. I went on to receive a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston MA in 2006. There I studied with some truly great players including Tomo Fujita, accredited for teaching John Mayer his famed “slap” technique. As well as David Gilmore(Boz Scaggs, Joss Stone, Wayne Shorter), and Joe Walsh’s cousin Marty Walsh(Supertramp, Kenny Rodgers, Neil Diamond) to name a few.