- Began playing guitar and bass in 1978; added drums and keyboards around 1983; had brief and unsuccessful flings with the banjo, harmonica, pedal-steel guitar, accordion and violin in later years - didn't pick up the mandolin until 1999. Gave up ALL music in 2006. Came back to the guitar and bass in 2014, and finally reintroduced myself to the mandolin in February of 2017.
Have produced, arranged, engineered, written and/or played on a couple of hundred local recordings since 1991 - most of which, (as Jethro Burns would say), "I have had little or no success with".
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on Mar-21-2018 at 12:44am
A little bit of background on how I came to the mandolin:
To start off as simply as possible - I have been interested in playing music for as long as I can remember, but for the first 30 years of my life, mandolins were in no way a part of my musical vision. For 3 decades, I never knew anybody who played the mandolin - no friends, neighbors, relatives, school mates, co-workers, band mates; NOBODY played the mandolin. As a matter if fact, up until I was nearly 30 years old, I could