I started playing the guitar in 1993 when I was 8 years old. The first music I got way into was Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden and other amazing alternative rock of the time. My parents introduced me to the music of their youth - through my dad the Rolling Stones and The Who, and James Taylor and Joni Mitchell through my mom. When I was a teenager, I spent most of my time learning jazz guitar, listening to Frank Zappa and Phish, and playing in various bands with my friend Ted Mac Innes, who I've continued to collaborate with on many projects.
I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2006 with a degree in Music Production & Engineering. While at Berklee, I had the opportunity to work with tons of different musicians and study under some of the most talented, thoughtful, and generous people I have ever met. To this day I collaborate and create with many of the friends I made while I was there. In addition to learning how to operate as an engineer, producer, and musician in a professional studio setting, I also studied classical guitar, performed frequently in a traditional folk duo, and developed a deep interest in bluegrass and country music.
At some point near the end of my time at college, I fell in love with the sound of the pedal steel guitar. Seeing it also as an opportunity to create more work for myself, I bought a steel and started to learn it's intricacies. Along the way I was mentored by an incredible musician named Gordon Titcomb. Gordon's multi-instrumental capabilities showed me what was possible by taking a holistic approach to music. He would explain a technique on the pedal steel and say "That's borrowed from this kind of lick on the banjo", then pick up his banjo. It was through his guidance that I was able to see the throughline that connects stringed instruments, which in the long run allowed me to develop a more expressive and musical approach to playing.
It's been a fun and rewarding journey, taking me from theaters and clubs as a sideman/accompanist, to bluegrass festival stages, to session dates at hallowed NYC and LA studios, to cramped Broadway pits, and (my favorite) working on records, commercial cues, and remote overdubs in my home studio. I am grateful for the challenge and diversity of it all, and look forward to the many musical adventures down the road.
Selected Work Highlights
- Went out to Colorado to record The Unending Alteration of the Human Heart with Gabrielle Louise.
- Hitch & the Giddyup's second record, II, is released
- Recorded, mixed, and performed on Hitch & the Giddyup's debut record Under the Neon Swine.
- Played guitar in the pit orchestra for the touring Broadway show Motown: the Musical
- Composed and performed the music for an HEB Grocery Stores Super Bowl ad and a nationally run commercial for SAP Software Solutions
- Played in the pit orchestra for "My Paris" at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, CT
- Produced, mixed, and performed on Dan Carlucci's record Rebirth.
- Performed guitar, mandolin, and dobro on Gabrielle Louise's record If the Static Clears
- Frequent session work and recording projects at Dave's home studio.
- Live performances in Colorado with Gabrielle Louise
- Hitch & the Giddyup is formed, an original bluegrass band in which I play mandolin. We start a monthly residency in Black Rock, CT.
- Played dobro and banjo in the pit orchestra for "The Circus in Winter" at the Goodspeed Opera House.
- Frequent bluegrass pickup gigs in Manhattan with numerous luminaries of the NYC bluegrass scene.
- Recorded and released my solo record "Nightfall in the Foothills", featuring all original compositions.
- My banjo, dobro, and pedal steel playing are featured in the theme and incidental music for the MTV series "Buckwild"
- Played multiple instruments on Brett Detar's "Too Free to Live". Many songs on the record get licensed for film and television.
- "Don't Knock the Hoedown" by SFB is released, includes my composition "Ten High" that features fiddle player Britanny Haas.
- Toured Colorado and New Mexico with singer-songwriter Gabrielle Louise.
- The String Fingers Band performs at Grey Fox Bluegras Festival, The Gathering of the Vibes, Valley Stage, and other prestigious venues, sharing the stage with artists such as Bill Frisell, Darrell Scott, Noam Pikelny, and Sierra Hull.
- I did a lot of session work for Aron & Rob Mardo of Heavy Young Heathens, a film and television composition duo.
- "Don't Forget" by the String Fingers Band is released, on which I played banjo, dobro, and pedal steel. Numerous appearances with SFB at venues across New England.
- Several shows in the pit orchestra on banjo, dobro, guitar, mandolin, and pedal steel for the Broadway production of "Bonnie and Clyde"
- "Forest People" by The Highway is released, on which I played guitar and pedal steel, co-wrote a bunch of tunes, and engineered much of the record.
- Touring with Brooklyn-based experimental rock group Mon Khmer on pedal steel. Includes appearances at SXSW and CMJ, sharing bills with the Secret Machines, Andrew WK, Rubblebucket, and Savoir Adore. Our self-titled LP, mixed by Elliot Scheiner, is released on vinyl.
- "When the Morning Comes" by The Backwater Racket is released, on which I played banjo, dobro, and pedal steel.
- Started gigging on pedal steel with outlaw country band The Bourbon Cowboys.
2007 - 2008
- Performing and recording on guitar with Boston-based psychedelic rock group The Highway.
- Taught private music lessons to upwards of 50 students.
2003 - 2006
- Attended Berklee College of Music, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Music Production & Engineering.