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Grew up in Montana, born in Havre (pronounced **Have Er**… My father was an educator so I grew up in little towns like Culbertson, Wolf Point, Froid and finally graduated from Sidney High School, which is in the North East corner of the state… I played basketball, baseball and golf in high school.
I got a guitar for my 18th birthday and wrote a song on it the next day. I’ve been writing songs ever since… Before I even picked up the guitar, I had songs in my head. Things make sense to me that way… Usually I never find the right words when I need them, but later after the dust settles, the right words come… and usually they come with a melody… And while the songs usually say exactly what I needed to say, it’s usually too late !
…I’ve written over 200 songs… I had some bad luck in the fall of 2007 when I had a hard drive crashed; and didn’t have a back-up. Since it was one of those small external drives with a motor, I was told it would cost over $ 4,000 to get the information off it… So those 40 songs or so are gone.. but they weren’t that good anyway…
I learned music from my mom. At age 6, I was singing with my sister Betty Jo who was 7 at the time, and my older sister Jacklyn who was 9…. Jackie played the piano and the three of us sang. My mom grew up in Sheridan County in Montana and she had a trio called the Sheridaners, so I guess it was natural to pass the bug along.
I’ve been touring in Europe primarily since 2000, although I do get back to Rocky Mountain region once in awhile for a small tour. I wrote 37 songs in 2008 and I’ve penned a few this year, so I think I’ll have plenty to choose from when it comes time to hit the studio…..
The CDs I recorded so far are:
The Year CD Title
1990 Just Livin’
1993 Habits and Hearts
1995 Cowboy Comes Alive
1998 Time Keeps Movin On
2002 A Losin’ Soul
2005 Whiskey Salesman
2007 One More Mile To Go
2009 **** Coming This Fall ***** … Studio is Booked
I love writing and performing country songs, and feel blessed to be one of the lucky ones that gets to stand on stage night after night…
I remember touring with the Platt Adkins band in the early 90’s… Greg Platt was my band mate and we took out a $ 4,000 loan to buy a Sound System … So we would go to the show / club early, about 4 p.m. … set up the Sound System, play the 5 hour show, tear down the Sound System, and get home about 0500 in the morning… We had to take a part of our share from every show to go towards paying off our loan at the bank… After we took a bit off the top for the Bank, Greg and I would usually go home with about $35 per night…
On weeks where you played 6 nights, that wasn’t too bad, or at least we thought so…
Ahhh, the good ol’ days…