About

A short ride on the South Shore rail line brought me to the 1988 Chicago Blues Festival and my first exposure to the blues as a teenager. To my young eyes Downtown Chicago seemed like a different planet compared to my home in Northwest Indiana. A little slide guitar from Homesick James Williamson and some harmonica from Snooky Prior and I was hooked. In a few years while earning a business degree at DePaul University, I pursued another education in smokey blues clubs at night. Blues icons Otis Rush, Junior Wells, Son Seals, Robert Lockwood, Magic Slim, Jimmy Rogers and many, many others still prowled the stages of Chicago in those years. I've since devoted much of my time learning the intricacies of the music and it's history. Over the years, I've absorbed what I could and have done my best to put my on spin on the blues. I'm constantly trying to find that sweet spot that, for me, lies somewhere between the raw Delta Blue of the south and the stomping Chicago Blues of my youth.

Today, you'll still find me in Chicago wherever Blues is played, listening and learning. You may also see me around town guitar in hand performing - see the Shows page on this site for details. Hope to see you there.

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