What is a bio? Bios are largely
flowery bullcrap, so im going to attempt to tell
the story from the beginning. Here goes.
Mom and Dad met in a Piggly Wigglys in Lubbock,
Texas. She lived in Albuqurque, New Mexico and he lived
in Lubbock, Texas. They had a long-distance, penpal type
relationship for a few years, and then married when he
was 20 and she was 17.
Dad was a boyhood friend of Buddy Hollys. They learned
to play guitars together, and had a due called Buddy
.Dad wrote songs like Heartbeat,
Wishing, Down the Line, etc.
He later wrote songs like Misty Blue and Back
in Babys Arms in our basement in Madison,
One time my dad, Elvis, and Buddy Holly all went to see
a movie in Lubbock, Texas on one of Elvis tours
through there. Imagine if a bomb had gone off in that
cinema? Rock and Roll would not have been the same, and
I certainly wouldnt have been here!
Mom sang on Suspicious Minds, In the
Ghetto, and Kentucky Rain by Elvis.
She also sang on Everlasting Love, and many
I cannot remember a time in my childhood when my father
was not in the studio producing a record.
Almost every night as a child he would come home and play
us what hed recorded during the day. We were expected
to sit and listen, and comment.
I spent alot of time asleep on the couch in front of the
control board in Soundshop Studios when I was a kid-which
he owned and produced alot of records in. I learned to
sleep with music blaring on 10 above me. I studied my
dad as a producer. I watched his every move, and tried
to figure out what he was hearing.
When I was 19 I lived in New York City. I busked in the
subways with songs by Springsteen and Steve Earle. I decided
then that I wanted to be a singer-songwriter-the guy with
a guitar singing songs that meant something to me. So,
2 years later I drove myself across the US to Los Angeles
where I immediately hit the clubs, and bars
every open mic night I could find. I found an attorney,
John Frankenheimer, and almost exactly a year to the date
I moved there I had my own show at Genghis Cohen. He brought
Larry Hamby from A&M Records to the show. I got a
record deal that night.
So, I was on the hottest label in town, had a publishing
deal with Sony Music, William Morris was my agent. I made
a record called, Fear Nothing with Ed Cherney
(Bonnie Raitt, Rolling Stones, every surviving Beatle),
and toured with Sheryl Crow, David Crosby, Peter Himmelman.
I learned about performing from Peter Himmelman. I loved
David Crosby for his kindness, and support.
The Crosby thing happened like this-I opened up one show
for him at Liberty Lunch in Austin, and after I played
I walked backstage, and Crosby said, So, are you
opening up the rest of my shows?, and I said, I
dont know anything about it
walked to the payphone, and dailed his manager and said,
knock off all the opening acts on the tour
want this kid to open my tour
I went. I found him to be a perfect gentleman.
So, had some tours under my belt, and it was time to make
a second record. A&M didnt really know what
to do with me. My music was not really rock, and not really
country, and Polygram had purchased A&M, and the beast
needed to be fed.
I had a publishing deal, record deal, the top agent in
town, and NO money coming in. There were days when I went
through the floorboard of my truck looking for spare change
so I could have enough gas to put in my truck to go to
work. By that time Id gotten a job at Borders Books
and Music on La Brea in LA. I was also going out on movie
and TV auditions via William Morris.
I guess the strategy was to send me out as an actor, and
see if I could land a movie or tv show
saving my record deal.
I think that was the nail in the coffin for me and LA.
Basically, I couldnt stand auditions, but was having
some success with them. I read for a pilot, and the lady
who was casting it said that she wanted me for the
part, and would a read for the producers at Warner
Brothers in two days. She even read with me the next afternoon.
So, I read for the producers, and blew it. I spent three
days in the fetal position! I knew it was mine for the
taking and my nerves had gotten the best of me, and there
was $150,000 out the window.
I gave up acting AND Hollywood soon after. A&M suggested
I move to Nashville and make a record for the Nashville
division. I did, but asked out of all my deals soon after
that. Id had enough.
Spent the next few years working around Nashville. I worked
at Sams pushing carts initially. Where I succeeded
in pitching one of my songs to Paul Worley who was producing
Martina McBride. She ended up cutting I Wont
Close My Eyes on her 3 million selling Evolution
cd. That was cool.
From Sams Club I graduated to banquet serving at
Opryland Hotel for two years, then valet parking (4 Years),
and delivering papers for the Tennessean (2 years, 7 nights
During this time I wrote more songs, and produced an artist
on Universal named Anna Wilson. I also got an ex-girlfriend
a record deal with BMG on the agreement that I would co-produce
the record. She axed me as soon as she got the deal, only
to have the deal fall through a few months later. I could
have told her that would happen, but she thought she was
Ok, im bored with this
the rest tomorrow (Sunday, June 6th, 2010)
UPDATE-ok, so it took a couple of years to get back
to the bio
June 6th, 2010
..Ive completed another
50 States in 50 Days tour to raise awareness of the
plight of kids aging out of foster care in America in
conjunction with the Orange Duffel Bag Foundation. Im
now the Celebrity Spokesperson for the Foundation.
Im also the only person in the world to have completed
three 50 States in 50 Days tours. The fourth 50 States
in 50 Days tour begins on Aug. 24th of 2012.
Probably my most proud achievement was being the Luncheon
Honoree for the CASAs of Orange Countys
Holiday Luncheon 2011. I showed this video from the
2010 50 States in 50 Days tour, gave a 7 minute speech,
and played a couple of songs. They raised $350,000 that
day. It was one of the coolest days of my life.
Oh, and I was one of CNNs Most Intriguing
People on Wednesday, Dec. 10th, 2010. I only got
one day, but it was hump day, so I figure that is pretty
The new cd Some Comfort was fan-funded and
will be released in August of 2012 in conjunction with
the 2012 50 States in 50 Days tour. Im filming
a documentary in collaboration with Bob Harris from
BBC2 that we hope, most all, that will inspire. The
winter will see another tour of the UK/Ireland, and
In closing, I guess a pretty good example of who I am
is embodied in the new video for Some Comfort
spliced in footage from Red-Blooded American Boy
video with the new footage. Cory Oliver, the girl from
the Red-Blooded American Boy video agreed
to be in the new one
..20 years later. This
video feels like my lifes work
for it on GAC, CMT, and CMC in Australia very soon
it is. Thanks for reading.