Fifteen years professional, performer, teacher.
From Duane Allman to Berklee Jazz to Doc Watson and Tony Rice to my music. I bring my journey to you.
Growing up in Kennesaw, Georgia, I was immersed in roots-oriented southern music. My parents love the Allman Brothers, and when I started playing guitar at age thirteen, I wanted to sound like Duane Allman. By age fifteen, I was performing with my own band around the Atlanta area. Immediately after high school I was accepted to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where I studied Jazz guitar performance for two years.
While attending Berklee I heard the classic Tony Rice album “Manzanita” for the first time and I was mesmerized. It didn’t take long for me to catch the bluegrass bug, and by the time I was twenty-five, I bought my Collings D1A guitar and I haven’t looked back. While I knew many great guitarists who enjoyed bluegrass guitar, I didn’t know anyone who could actually do it, let alone teach it. Fortunately, I was able to attend a small weekend-long workshop taught by Bryan Sutton, Kenny Smith and David Grier. This was a watershed moment for me; to have in-person help from virtuosos changed my playing. This is why I’m so passionate about being able to offer private bluegrass guitar lessons to others. My experience is that there is no substitute for private lessons for guitarists who are really trying to get better.
For the last three years, I have performed regularly with my trio Control Burn around the Southeast. This has afforded opportunities to play with some of the best musicians in bluegrass, including Matt Flinner, John Stickley and Tyler Grant to name a few. Please visit my Media page to hear some tracks from Control Burn’s self-titled EP and watch Youtube clips from some of our performances.