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I grew up in a musical family, and a musical church. Several musicians who I grew up in that church with went on to have successful careers in the music industry. So I've been blessed to be surrounded by musical excellence in my life. This has shaped me as a musician, I strive for excellence in my playing and writing. Though I am not a great musician, I desire and work to be. I got serious about playing mandolin about 12 years ago, and though I attempt to play other instruments, the mandolin has been the most natural and come easiest for me. My father is a very good, kind of old-timey mandolin player and can beat out some great rhythm on a Martin guitar. He taught me
some basics and I went from there, teaching myself
along the way. I listened to all my dad's mandolin hero's, Bill Monroe being his favorite. That shaped and inspired me as a young musician, and still does. Then I discovered some more of my own mandolin hero's, like Sam Bush, David Grisman, Marty Stuart, Ronnie McCoury, just to name a few. They inspire me, but I don't try to play what they play, but find my own voice. I believe music is a life long pursuit of "perfection", whatever you considder that to be. To me it is not how fast or how good you are, or how many songs you know. But it's being able to play what you want to play, to be able to play what you feel, what you hear in your head. That is my goal as a musician.
Ohio river valley of West Virginia.
Right now I am seriously applying myself and every free moment to improving my musicianship.


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