Bio

I write about being a dad, a husband, a working person, a person with a mind and heart, trying to figure this thing out, trying to catch a ride to freedom, trying not to fuck it up too badly.

Right now I'm writing and performing a lot, and hope to release some recordings soon.

I was born in Germany, the son of an American serviceman, and raised in upstate New York. I grew up with WHEN, out of Syracuse, a Top 40 station that freely mixed country, soul, pop, and rock. In my public high school it was Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Aerosmith - big album rock. I was already writing songs by then. Terrible songs, but still.

I went off to Northwestern, got a guitar, and started playing Dylan and Neil Young songs. At the same time, I got turned on to the art-rock of Talking Heads, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Roxy Music, and more. I dropped out, moved to Boulder, dropped back in and finished an undergraduate film degree at Hampshire College in Massachusetts (alma mater of both Ken Burns and Elliot Smith, yo.)

I soon wound up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I fell deeply under the spell of American roots music and, under the mentorship of East Bay roots music godfather Johnny Harper, started getting more serious about songwriting. I've also studied with Steve Earle and Peter Case. Other notable influences include Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, and Kris Kristofferson.

I live on a half-acre at the edge of Sonoma, California, with my wife, two young sons, and a rotating menagerie of dogs, cats, bunnies, chickens, and goats.