I was surrounded by good music from the day I was born, thanks to some music-loving parents. My dad raised me on a steady diet of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix, while my mom had my bases covered for AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, and Journey. From a young age, I was always enamored by the sight and sound of the electric guitar, but it wasn’t until I was 12 that I took a serious interest in the instrument. I received my first electric guitar for my 13th birthday: a Yamaha “Fat Strat” copy, which I still have!
My journey of influences would take me from Stevie Ray Vaughan and ZZ Top, to Metallica and Meshuggah; from Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, to Dream Theater and Periphery; from City and Colour and Andy McKee, to Van Halen and Rush; and from Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, to Machine Head and Slipknot.
I’m well-versed and in love with many styles of music, but my first love will always be instrumental guitar rock. I’ve released two full-length CDs to that effect – “Stop The War!” in 2008, and “Set Me Free” in 2012
From 2009 to 2014, I was the guitarist and backup vocalist for Cheyenne’s hard rock trio, Steel March. We released two albums together: “Damage Done” in 2012 and “The Art Of Recovery” in 2014. In 2011, I also started playing and singing as a solo acoustic musician around Cheyenne. These two outlets greatly expanded my musical knowledge, and helped me grow as a stage musician and front man.
After leaving Steel March in March 2014, I took some mental time off to recharge my creative batteries, but in November 2014, I took part in the National Solo Album Month (NaSoAlMo) challenge, out of which came a silly little metal pseudonym, Atomfall, and the 5-song EP “The Fury and the Fight,” and metaphorical vomiting of metal riffs, and overly “macho” lyrics. This was my return to solo writing, and the explosion of churning out music that I needed to revive my love for music creation.
From playing acoustic shows was born an acoustic EP, “The Notebook Sessions,” released in 2015 as a challenge to create some original music I could perform without a band behind me. “The Notebook Sessions” would also be the yin to Atomfall’s yang in every way: a stripped down production, all acoustic guitars, and more serious and vulnerable songwriting to counter Atomfall’s bravado and faux-brutality.
In 2015, I took on administrative duties of the National Solo Album Month website.
I’m actively playing acoustic shows every weekend in Cheyenne. My creative energy, however, is now focused on writing, recording, and producing a third full-length instrumental CD, “Psychophilia.” Keep your eye on the blog for more on that!