Not just another pretty face…
Wayfaring Stranger Play
 Here’s a version of “Wayfaring Stranger” I started and haven’t finished. Kenny Smith on guitar, Nate Lee on fiddle, Bobby Davis on bass and I’m playing mandolin.

Angeline the Baker Play
 I’m playing mandolin on “Angelina Baker” with Kenny Smith, Nate Lee, Ned Luberecki and Alan Tompkins.

Little Martha Play
I’m not really a dobro player but I own a dobro. Here is a slide version of Duane Allman’s “Little Martha” I had to play to kick off the AIPAC National Summit at the AT&T Winspear Opera House a few months ago.

Lonesome Moonlight Waltz Play
A rough mix with me on mandolin, Clay Powers guitar and Alan Tompkins bass. Texas Shorty will be on fiddle.

The Rights of Man Play
Some ways to play Irish music on the five string. I can send you tab if you like.

Georgia Boys Play
Also known as Senica Square Dance and The Federals are Coming. Robert Bowlin guitar, Texas Shorty fiddle, and me on mandolin and banjo.

Bonaparte Crossing the Rockies Play
From Texas Shorty’s Coming Down From Denver CD. I’m playing guitar and mandolin.

Carol of the Bells Play
Christmas music anyone? I’ve updated the arrangement to more closely follow the music since I recorded this.

THE Blues Play
Live at CampBluegrass. Clay Powers guitar and Alan Tompkins bass, and me on mandolin.

Pavan by Milan Play
I transcribed a Vihulea tune for mandolin by Luis Milan from circa 1455. Instructional mp3 from Mel Bay’s MandolinSessions.com. I can send you tab if you like.

Sounds of Bells Play
I transcribed this great Brazilian guitar piece for mandolin by João Pernambuco. This was just recorded with an iPad at about 10,000 feet on the side of Pike’s Peak. Raul Reynoso (great Django, jazz, etc, guitarist) and I just picking. Raul’s guitar part really makes the tune.

Molly Bloome Play
From 1983. Texas Shorty fiddle, Mark O’Connor mandolin & guitar, Eldon Chancellor bass, and me on banjo.

Bonnie Cates Reel Play
From 1983. Texas Shorty fiddle, Sam Bush mandolin, Robert Chancellor guitar, and me on banjo. I overdubed the banjo but the tape machine speed up and slowed down while the fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass tracks were recorded. No one noticed until I had to play to the track. It was a bit challenging to try and match the roller coaster tempos… Plus when I composed the banjo part I didn’t know they were going to play it so dang fast! I would have left out many of the triplets.

Gypsy Waltz Play
Live with Texas Shorty at Randy Elmore’s fiddle camp. I just jammed something.

Lonesome Fiddle Blues Play
From 1983. Texas Shorty fiddle, Mark O’Connor mandolin and guitar, Eldon Chancellor bass, and me on banjo.

Solo Guitar Demo Play
 Some short selections of solo guitar.

 

Upcoming Events

august

5aug10:00 am- 4:00 pmTexas Banjo ChampionshipHanging out and maybe picking a bit

6aug5:30 pm- 9:00 pmPark Cities Baptist Church Old Time Gospel Sing w/Texas Shorty & moreBanjos and Fiddles in Church!

18aug8:00 pm- 10:00 pmSgt. Pepper's @ McKinney Performance Arts CenterSummer Music Series

19aug8:00 pm- 10:00 pmSgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass BandLiberty Hall in Tyler Texas!

21aug12:00 pm- 1:00 pmGone to see the Eclipse!Seeing the sun get mooned...

27aug - 2sepAll DayAlaska Acoustic Guitar CampTeaching in the Frozen North...

september

27aug - 2sepAll DayAlaska Acoustic Guitar CampTeaching in the Frozen North...

7sep - 10All DayAmerican Banjo CampTeaching banjo some more.

Music Instruction

Please contact me for lessons in Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Uke, Dobro and Bass.

Instruction offered in-person
and via Skype.