Ramblings of a Mad Man: Reflections on a Passable Career

I’ve wanted to play rock ‘n’ roll since I was four years old.  At the time, my musical heroes were The Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, and Roy Orbison, and my favorite song was Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode. When I was 12, I began learning to play guitar, and a few years later, I started making a go at songwriting and seriously contemplating a music career. Since singing was never my forte, I approached this phenomenal vocal talent I knew and suggested we form a band founded on my writing and her vocals. Though impressed with my tunes, she wasn’t particularly interested in a professional career and also insisted my vocals belonged with the songs. So, I married her instead and tried my own cords at vocalizations, though for quite a while, I kept my musical endeavors relegated to a few home-cut demos I passed out among friends.

By 2011, some personal issues forced me into a “it’s now or never” decision with pursuing my dream of a music career; I chose the former option, independently releasing my debut record worldwide October 11, 2011. In the ensuing four and a half years, I succeeded in many of my musical goals and accomplished things for which millions of artists the world over strive but never achieve during an entire career.  

My sophomore release charted in the Top 100 of a U.S. national iTunes chart. My music received positive reviews from critics in three countries and two continents. My band had the honor of opening for top Nashville acts. I had the privilege of appearing on television and radio discussing my music and captured something of the indie artist Holy Grail by garnering airplay on commercial terrestrial radio. But the most important and unexpected success came in the form of the people I had the pleasure of meeting—people who were not only stellar artists but also exceptional human beings whom I can count to this day as some of the best friends I’ve ever had. But despite this success, the negatives inherent to a DIY music career, coupled with health issues and unexpected positive changes in my personal life, lead to the fairly easy decision to take a lengthy (and probably permanent) break from the “biz.” Thus, I ceased booking gigs, finished out the previously scheduled 2016 dates with my stellar band, Mississippi Good Night, and hung up the guitar, at least in the professional sense.

Since then, I have been afforded the opportunity to focus on my family life and have been blessed with a physical, mental, and spiritual renaissance I never imagined possible. Plus, I have still had the privilege of dabbling in a few musical ventures, including releasing a “something old, something new” album Redux and working on a new song for the upcoming film The Band Forgettable. But, though music will always be a passion for me, I’ve now found actual callings and am as happy and healthy as I can remember being this side of toddlerhood. 

I’m also doing a bit of non-music writing now (obviously) and hope to ramble a few thoughts now and then about this and that right here, so, stay tuned.

In the mean time, to all the fans that supported me throughout my musical endeavors and continue to let me know how much enjoyment the music has brought to your lives (all three of you! I jest; there are at least four…I think!):  

If I never make another tune, your “fanship” was worth the toil. And if I ever make another tune, you’ll be the first to know.