I’ve taken a huge step and relocated from New York City to Sedona, Arizona. There are many reasons but an important one I’d like to share is that time keeps flowing and when the river goes it’s a good idea to get in the boat.
Back in the city I was known as the Hell’s Kitchen Rock n Roll Legend. I named myself that because I rocked all the dive bars in my neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen. And that’s solo. I made a few bucks and a lot of dedicated fans. Now I am stretching my arms out to embrace the northern Arizona scene. I have already made some headway with a once a month gig at the Full Moon Saloon here in the Village of Oak Creek. There are plenty of other opportunities here and I plan to take advantage of them.
I have released three CD’s on my own label, Not Fade Away: No Stranger (2002) Red (2005) and The Cost (2008) They are all available at CD Baby and other online stores. I am currently in pre production for a new record which is due out early next year. The working title is “Life of a Song.” it will be the fourth release on my Not Fade Away and the first release from here is the West.
My songs are guitar based and my lyrics usually come from my personal experiences and or certain situations in the world I can not ignore. My influences go way back to when the folk boom was big with Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, and, of course, Mr. Dylan. Then the Beatles came along and the rest of the British Invasion. American artists who counted then were Tommy James, Wilson Pickett, Motown artists and Girl Groups like Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. More recently, the Sex Pistols, Tom Petty, The Ramones and Nirvana have lived in my head.
Along with my soulful vocals my calling card has always been the power of my rhythm guitar playing which I have been fortunate enough to have developed over the years. It serves me well in my originals and the many covers one is called upon to deliver. My main axe is my Martin acoustic.
I was one of many transplants to New York. I was a professional actor for a spell doing bits on Soap Operas and Hollywood films. I grew up in Easton, Pa where I went to high school and eventually college at Mansfield State in Mansfield Pa. One of the great times in my life especially because in addition to my cravings for the theatre, I learned how to play the guitar.
Performing in front of an excited crowd is definitely a highlight for me. Rock on.