I was born and raised right outside of Lexington, KY, and grew up in a musical family. My father was a multi-instrumentalist and my mother was a vocalist. After a few years playing several instruments, I started my professional musical career at the age of 14, working as a musician and assistant engineer at a local studio that specialized in radio jingle/ad work. This was an amazing learning experience for me, and an early crash course in the skillset needed to thrive in studio work. I also started playing in clubs 5 nights a week when I was about 16 or so, usually with guys that were 30 years older than me. That was a tremendously valuable experience in live musicianship, and the ins and outs of being a gigging player. When I was 19, I took the leap and moved to Nashville, TN. I started doing session work fairly quickly after I moved to town, and also started touring with various artists, including Bryan White, Steve Wariner, and Patty Loveless. From 2004 to 2020, I toured and recorded with Rascal Flatts, and it was an amazing “home base” for me. Between musical collaborations via the Rascal Flatts gig, and various other live and studio situations I have found myself in, I have been blessed to make music with a lot of amazing people and quite a few of my heroes.
I have always enjoyed teaching, and have found myself doing more and more private instruction over the last several years via Skype, Zoom, etc. Doing an entire online course such as this has been on my to-do list for quite a while, and I’m very excited to finally have it in place, and be able to reach students all over the world.
I hope I can be an integral part of your musical journey, and that the learning and playing of music can bring you the joy and happiness that it has brought me.
I look forward to teaching you, and I look forward to learning from you.