Originally from New Hope, PA, I have been playing guitar throughout the DE-NJ-NY-PA area for 30+ years, performing in clubs, shows & sessions, with a variety of bands with various musical styles.  I am currently the lead guitar player for “The Cramer Brothers Band” based out of the Pocono Mountain area of PA. The Cramer Brothers are one of the top country bands in the northeast.  They are a great bunch of guys and are a renowned group of very talented musicians. In addition to performing with the Cramer Brothers, I play with a few tribute artists from Legends in Concert fame; and also fill-in with several other local area bands. (Visit my schedule page)

Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated with the guitar. I remember watching the old Johnny Cash Variety Show…the way Johnny opened the show with his guitar slung over his back, also the old Hee Haw Show with Buck and Roy.  Those early influences are still with me today.

My first guitar was a “Stella” Harmony acoustic that my Mother bought me at the age of 11, after a lot of begging and pleading, due to the fact that I had bragged to my classmates and teacher that I played the guitar and was then asked to bring it in and play for the class…Oops!  I quickly learned a few chords and about a week later rocked the 5th grade class with “Puff the Magic Dragon.”

The first time I played on a stage was at the tender age of 15 while living in the U.S. Virgin Islands. By this time I had worked my way up to a “Sekova” electric, an awesome looking Jap guitar with more switches and knobs than a space shuttle and 3 wing nuts replacing the broken tuning keys. Anyway, I used to sit in with a local calypso singer named King Marrow, at a little tourist bar in St. Thomas and strum along.

After a few months of strumming with King Marrow, and sometimes actually playing the right chords, I started jamming with some local kids doing mostly Stones and Beatles.  I returned to the states and quickly began jamming with friends, and finally got my first real guitar, a 1968 "Gibson SG Custom" with 3 humbuckings and all gold hardware. Within a few months I joined up with a local band, got a fake ID, and started playing clubs; doing covers from Aerosmith to Led Zeppelin.

I continued with a number of local rock cover and original bands through my late teens and early twenties, and then one day I heard something that changed my life, “Highways & Heartaches” by Ricky Skaggs, or to be more specific “Highway 40 Blues.” I remember staying up all night (literally saw the sun come up), wearing out the rewind button on my cassette player trying to learn those licks. That opened a lot of doors and a whole new direction for me; “I wanted to play like those guys!” I began listening to a lot of new and old country guitar players and hanging out at the local honky tonks, and eventually started playing with some of the local country bands. I still may not be able to play like “those guys”...but I’m still trying!

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n addition to performing, I have done some writing from time to time and have had several tunes under publishing contract and pitched around Nashville. A few of which were held for consideration by major artists such as Diamond Rio.  One cut I did achieve was a song titled “I Still Do” which reached the top 10 on the UK Indie chart in Europe…
(I know…wow!)

I have had the good fortune to play as an opening act for many headline performers such as:

Asleep At The Wheel
Bill Anderson
Billy “Crash” Craddock
Charley Pride
Confederate Railroad
Connie Smith
Gatlin Brothers
Gene Watson
George Canyon
George Jones
Heartland
Jimmy C. Newman

John Berry
John Conlee

Kenny Chesney
Little Big Town
Loretta Lynn
Merle Haggard
Moe Bandy
Oak Ridge Boys
                
Porter Wagner
Ricochet
Rodney Crowell
Ronnie McDowell
Sammy Kershaw
The Forrester Sisters
The Mavericks
Tracy Lawrence
Willie Nelson

And have backed such artists as:

Marty Haggard
David Houston
Dion Pride
Jean Shepard
Hank Thompson

Main Guitars:

2017 Gibson SG Standard T

2010 Fender MIA Standard Strat
1997 Fender MIA Standard Tele
1979 Guild D25 Acoustic
Takamine G Series Acoustic
Gretsch G9200 Roundneck Boxcar
2016 Fender MIM P Bass
Kentucky F Mandolin


M
ain Amps:

2017 Fender Blues Deluxe

Alessandro Working Dog

1989 Peavy Stereo Chorus 200

B
ands: (chronologically)

Zoro
The Generation Gap
Easy
Sun
Hazy Boy
Priscilla Harriet Band
Ruffian
Back in the Saddle
Real to Reel
Sage
Eagle Creek
Tim Gillis Band
519 South
Twitty Fever
Cramer Brothers Band
[current]

Acoustic Kitty Project [current]
(I'm sure I have forgotten some that I should have remembered; and... remembered some I should have forgotten!)  

Tribute Artists:

Doug Brewin as ALAN JACKSON
Larry Turner as GEORGE STRAIT

Brewin/Turner as BROOKS & DUNN

Karen Hester as DOLLY PARTON
Jim Barone, Doug Church, Jeff Krick, Ryan Pelton as ELVIS

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