Music has been a huge part of my life since my parents provided me piano lessons starting at age nine. My piano teacher, Margaret Jordan, was thankfully very patient and winked at my many lapses in acquiring the required practice time each week. I accompanied various school choruses and community singing groups while in high school and also played the organ at church meetings. I was a union musician for various big bands in the Des Moines, Iowa area in the 1960’s.
Moving to the great state of Texas in 1969, I sang with the Austin Choral Union and during that time performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Choral Union and the Austin Symphony Orchestra in 1975. I have been active most of my life playing the keys and singing in various church groups, the last being a 10 year stint ending in 2007 as the lead singer and piano player with a 6 piece praise band.
My interest in country music was encouraged by fellow band member and friend, Greg Smith, who saw my need to express myself musically after the church gig ended. The Lucky Dogs band has indeed been lucky for me and provided a great opportunity to reconnect with my country roots (growing up as a small town farm boy in Iowa). My favorite music is country, rock and classical (of the pop variety). Favorite songs include Wounded Hands, Faded Love, the Brandenburg Concertos. and many old hymns.
I am married to my first and last wife, Suzy (an unusual love story – aren’t they all)? Suzy and I live in Bastrop, Texas and have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren. Besides music, I enjoy camping, golfing, visiting kids and grandkids, and exploring my relationship with the Lord with others in informal settings.