I wonder where that outfit is now?
I'm a native Texan- Dallas, Texan as a matter a fact. It's sometimes a little surprising to me that I'm still here (in Texas that is!), but on the other hand, it's all I know, and hard to imagine living anywhere else. I say "ya'll" a lot, so it might be hard for that to be accepted outside of this grand state. Although I like to think I'll eventually live in a geographically beautiful spot with four seasons, ...it just may be that I end up spending all my years right here where my life began!
When I was a little kid- wearing pink hot-pants and white go-go boots, I used to make up songs and sing them to my sweet Collie, Lulu. One day, one of my sister's friends came over with a guitar and played me and Mom a song she had just learned. That's when I first realized how cool (and portable!) the guitar was. Soon, Mom signed me up for lessons at the now defunct Olla Podrida Mall, at Banjo Mountain. There, I met John DeFoore who was my first guitar teacher. He made me feel like I could play anything I wanted. I think the first song I learned to play from start to finish was "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac. I went on to buy the songbook of James Taylor's Greatest Hits album and learn most of those songs. I loved female singers and idolized many of them, but none more than Heart. I can remember when I bought the "Dog and Butterfly" album. I would play along with as much of Nancy Wilson as I could keep up with and then I'd just sort of air guitar the rest. I "Heart" Heart! I feel so lucky that I was born during a time that I had such great influences as I was learning to play and write music.
I still love to cover songs by musicians I admire- Many from the 70's- but current ones, too! I love Sheryl Crow, Ingrid Michaelson, Sarah McLachlan, Bob Schneider, Patty Griffin, Jason Mraz Brandi Carlile, Jonatha Brooke, ~ the list goes on and on.
I also write and play songs of my own. I swear that songwriting (or whatever creative outlet you happen to choose!) is the best kind of self-discovery and therapy around!
I've played at Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse a few times, Opening Bell, lots of wine bars, restaurants, festivals... anywhere friends gather and want some live music for the occasion. Of course, I also play at private events!