How would you classify your music?
My music is probably a mixture of alternative-folk, folk-rock and pop-folk…
It’s always been tough to categorize due to the wide variety of influences. I’ve always listened to everything and that reveals itself in my writing.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
I’ve been influenced by quite a few people – on guitar, Jeff Beck and Larry Carlton – as new songwriters, Foy Vance and Jason Isbell – I’m also a BélaBartók fan.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
There’s a pretty clear message in my songs these days. I really want to challenge listeners to adopt a more compassionate view of each other and to embrace our differences.
How’s the music scene in your locale?
Like most areas the live must landscape is constantly changing, but at the moment there appears to be a healthy audience for live Indie bands these days. I‘ve been able to stay very busy in thetri-state area of Philadelphia, PA. and the surrounding states.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
The best concert I’ve attended lately would be an alternative-jazz offering by The Jost Project. The best thing about playing live for me is the interaction with the audience. I do more solo dates now than I ever have in the past and they tend to offer a more personal, conversational experience.
Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
I don’t know if I have a personal favorite on the new album yet, butthere’s one that’s very personal to me. It’s called She’s Me and reveals the power of love between a parent and their child. I’m also excited about The Consequence and it’s message to take action.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
I’m not the kind of guy that can sit still very long, so I’m always searching for inspiration. That in itself creates an environment that’s conducive to learning new things. Nothings off limits when it comes to writing, and that can also be said for the studio. So moving forward there’s no logical reason to think that the next album won’t continue to venture onto new ground.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
If I could meet, write, perform, share a meal and drink with anyone dead or alive it would probably be John Lennon. He was masterful at making larger than life statements… with just a few words.He also challenged the world at large to find a peaceful way to exist. Both of those things reside in my heart.
What’s next for you?
I’ll be supporting The Consequence album throughout the next year, and have plans to be back in the studio in early spring for a new album that was inspired by a 19th century artist. I’ve also been invited to upstate New York around the same time to co-write with a couple of producers for a new worship project. So as usual, I’ll be busy trying to sway the consequence in my own unique way.
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