Like so many musicians of my generation, the Beatles inspired me to make music. Seeing them on the Ed Sullivan show and in "A Hard Days Night" instantly pointed a directionless kid in a very definite direction. My first band played a lot of what was called 'Soul Music' at the time. The Temptations, James Brown and Wilson Picket were molding my style along with the British Invasion.|
I started playing the guitar after dumping my entire coin collection on the counter at the local music store. For $30 bucks in change I became the proud owner of my first arch top. That guitar satisfied my music desires for a while. But one instrument led to another and I subsequently moved on to the bass, playing the rock'in blues for years. Now that I am in OPEN>Sunday® I am back on the guitar, playing original music with all those cool tools that I accumulated over the years.
I consider myself fortunate that I grew up in the 60's. The evolution of music was so brilliant and explosive. As a musician, I could barely keep up with all the new styles, sounds and technologies that kept coming and coming. In a relatively short time I had discovered blues, country rock and psychedelic music to name just a few. All of these styles are now the musical DNA that comprises the way I play.
As far as the equipment I play, I'm pretty much a Fender man. From the first time I heard Ike Turner play a Strat through a Super Reverb, I knew, that was the sound I was going for. Today I have a pretty complete collection of old Fender Guitars and Amps from the 60's (See my Web page photos). My most recent acquisition is a 1960 Jazz Master that has a simply incredible tone.
I guess that pretty much tells my story. Time to tune up the Telle'.