Solo Acoustic Musician
I'M A SOLO ACOUSTIC MUSICIAN
I am a singer/guitarist based out of Duluth, MN. I enjoy performing in a variety of settings but have one consistent goal in mind - to engage and entertain audiences. Sometimes I am asked to do dinner shows, where a more refined, quiet approach is needed. My sound setup is amazing. It is quiet when necessary so people can talk while I am playing. Other times I am the late-night entertainment for a group of rowdies...and I naturally get louder and more engaging.
I started playing music in 5th grade - I took trumpet lessons in the gym ball closet at Cooper Elementary School in Hastings MN, because that is the only place Mr. Swanson (the band teacher) could have kids honking horns without bothering the rest of the school. Mom didn't have to push me to practice an hour a day. It was automatic.
As I got into highschool I kept on with the trumpet, marching band, stage band, etc...but then my friend Mark introduced me to the guitar and when we formed a band and then life changed dramatically. It was crazy. We played local dances and had a lot of fun with music. Then off to college.
As I got older, I became involved in a number of bands and music programs and while the (4) kids were getting older, I enjoyed having music as a hobby.
However, over the last 5 years or so, I have felt a definite stirring to get out and do more music. So I started doing a solo acoustic show, which has now evolved into a rather serious pursuit.
Now I play in a variety of venues in the Northern region as often as I can, entertaining audiences from young to old, and all in between with a great selection of fun and engaging material.
Where I'm Going
I have been working on tribute shows reflecting the work of various legendary artists like Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Elton John, the Eagles, Neil Young, Roy Orbison, as well as more contemporary artists like Five For Fighting, Zac Brown, Ed Sheerhan, and Chris Stapleton.
Usually, my sets are 2-3 hours in length, but I can also do longer or shorter shows.
I do a variety of music from a variety of decades and genres. I do SOME jazz, SOME country, SOME rock, folk, blues, and classic American songs that everyone knows
I play music on trains, in pubs, on the streets, in churches, and anywhere generally that I get an invitation. All my shows are appropriate for all ages.
A good fit for me is generally low key venues looking for some ambient music to support conversation. Those are generally set between 6-9 pm. My sound system is perfect for this. Small, compact, and not too loud.