Born in Los Angeles (when dirt was new) I obtained a formal education in Music, Electrical Theory and Electronics.
In the early 70's I traveled the country with a popular top 40 band, "LA Music". backing oldies
groups such as the Platters, Drifters, Coasters, Mary Wells, Al Wilson and others.
The mid 70's would bring a collaboration with school mates that would evolve into a creative blues rock project "Main Squeeze" and command a move from LA to San Francisco for several years. I would close out the 70's back in LA with a chance audition and recording with Ray Charles which would allow me to study with his previous drummer Billy Moore for a year to strengthen my chart reading.
During the early 80's I toured the West Coast with "Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds" , "The
Wobulators" and "The Lew Hopsen's All Stars". In 1984 I recorded the album "Merry Christmas To You" while touring with Joseph Washington Jr. This would lead to a position with "The Checkmates" in Las Vegas. A collaboration there would spawn the grass roots grunge rock band "G-Man". CBS interest would later promote a recording contract with A&M records and the band restructured as "Urban Man" . In 1986 the band restructured a third time including a move to Virginia as "Zero Tolerance". With a new producer we recorded 60 songs at Omega Studios in Maryland until overwhelming interest from Stevie Wonder would actually cause the project to implode from the inside out.
The 90's would find me in Alexandria, Va with the "Johnny Artis Band" for 10 years. We recorded two CD's, "Learn It Live" and "Three Down Down" as well as a tour to Germany.
At the turn of the century I joined "Eric King and The Thin Line" for five years and recorded the album "Shake These Blues". East Coast projects that followed would include "The Rhythm Handlers", "The Marvin James Band", "The Michael Himmle Band", "Doug Parks and the Lone Wolves" all leading up to my current and most favorite endevour
MYSTERY MACHINE DMV