DNA Artist of the Month
I was born in Greensboro, NC and had a very good childhood. I am blessed to have such great parents. They drove me all around the state to countless gigs, and hardly ever missed one. When I was a child I was always drawn to music. Believe it or not,I was on my way to becoming a very good drummer. It always came very natural to me. I began playing drums when I was 6,and bass when I was about 12 or 13. I was a guitar player as well. Eventually the drums, and guitar fell to the wayside, and the bass sickness took over. There is nothing like driving the low end on good song. It’s infectious. Guess that’s why we all still do it. Rhythm and pocket always grabbed me. It was never about playing a lot of notes for me.
Like most musicians, and aspiring artists, I’ve had to pay a ton of dues. I’ve been up in the clouds, and down in the mud, but I’m glad I stuck it out. I’ve been lucky enough to land some artist gigs, do some recording, travel everywhere, play some big venues, and make some people I love, proud. I have also been fortunate enough to write and record my own music.
I play predominately 5 strings these days. I’m a huge fan of Low End Basses. My tour and local rig is a DNA-800 amp and DNA 112 and 210 cabs. Amazing tone! Amazing company! Brian Barrett from Low End recommended DNA… and I can’t thank him enough. DNA blows me away. Quite simply the best tone I’ve ever captured. Honored to be part of the family!
I’ve always dug bass players that really know how to drive, and build a bass track. Guys like Jamerson. My favorite Nashville guy is Kevin Swine Grantt. I was instantly drawn to his style first time I heard him. He’s definitely a big influence. Other than that, Rocco Prestia has been an all time favorite of mine. Last but not least, I would have to say Nathan East, and David Hungate.
I draw my inspiration from playing with great musicians. Nothing inspires me like that. I love playing with musicians that challenge me. You always wanna reach back for that something extra when you’re on stage with serious players.