A little about me: As a child born in the late 1960’s, I became aware of music at a very early age. The first song I distinctly remember hearing was Jim Reeves’ Silver Wings. I was definitely influenced by country music as a youngster by my parents. I used to stay up late at my Aunt Lee’s house and watch the television show Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert on the weekends. This is when I was really introduced to rock music. As I got a little older I had my eyes opened up to Cat Stevens, The Beatles, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, etc. I attended my very first live concert when I was 9 years old it was none other than Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. Later I went to my first rock concert and it was at this show that I really got the bug for live concerts. My sisters were also a big influence in my musical life. They turned me onto Peter Frampton, The Guess Who, The Bay City Rollers, Elton John, Carpenters, Heat wave, and many other pop bands of the 1970’s. This is where I was also introduced to television shows like American Bandstand, Sonny and Cher and one of my favorites—Soul Train. In the 1980’s I continued to listen to these types of bands, but began to really get into heavier rock like AC/DC, Kiss, Van Halen, Scorpions, Black Sabbath, Boston, Rush, Nazareth and the Motor City Madman himself—Ted Nugent.
In the mid 1980’s is where I took a left turn from what all my close friends were listening to. Not only was I listening to Golden Earing, U2 and the Cure, I began to reach back to old Motown bands such as Smoky Robinson, The Four Tops, Gladys Night & the Pips, Martha and the Vandellas, and my all-time favorite, Marvin Gaye. This soulful sound was a gateway to funk and rap for me. I would listen to George Clinton and the P-funk All-Stars, Rick James, Sugar Hill, Run DMC, Curtis Blow, LL Cool J and Rob Base. As rap became more hardcore and Gansta’ I fell deeper and deeper into this music genre. I would listen to NWA, Easy E, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, Warren G and the whole west coast flava’. There was a span in the 1990’s that I listened to more club, house, hip hop, trance, grunge and reggae.
It is easy to see, I am all over the map when it comes to music. I march to the beat of a different drummer. My eclectic tastes are at the core of who I am. I can easily go from listening to Luther Vandross’ This House, to Keith Urban’s Let’s Make a Memory, to Salt-n-pepper’s Push It before I rip your face off with some Saving Able, Stone Sour, Disturbed and Eye Empire and go back to Sade’s Sweetest Taboo.
It was when I was about 13 when I started working for a band called Gibraltar out of my home town of Fayetteville, NC that I really caught the music bug that is still in my very soul. After working with Gibraltar, I worked with a band called Straight Shooter out of Spring Lake, NC. I would haul their gear all over Central North Carolina for several years. I helped out other bands when they needed help setting up or tearing down the stage. After I graduated high school I worked with a sound engineering company for a short time. They covered national acts such as Brenda Lee, Busta Rymes, Naz, and B. B. King. I was forced to give up this lifestyle because I joined the military (more on that later).
I have met plenty of people in the music business and I will tell you the most memorable encounter was meeting the Prince of Darkness—Ozzy Osborne himself. Before you even ask, no, he did not bite a bat’s head off and yes, I could understand every word he said to me. I can tell you that all I could think was how I was getting ready to meet not only a piece of music history but a Rock legend. To my surprise he was a gracious and giving person. He and his wife, Sharon not only had us on the guest list; they gave us the best seats in the house. This would have to be the most memorable concert as well; the opening act was Myles Kennedy and Slash opening up the show for him.
Besides being an avid musical fanatic, I am on my 26th year of active duty service in the U.S. Coast Guard. Through my educational background I’ve earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security from Excelsior College in Albany, NY. I am actively pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration degree with Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. My future goals are to earn a Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Quality Systems Management.
As for other types of entertainment, I don’t have many opportunities to watch many movies or television. However when I do, I love to watch Duck Dynasty, Big Bang Theory, Cops, Ridiculous, Sons of Anarchy (Katey Sagal!). I love the movies Tombstone and Friday. I can recite almost every line in both movies.
There is so much to tell about me, I hope I have given you a glimpse into my world. I look forward to reviewing shows and interviewing the artists for you. Feel free to send me an email if you have an article idea or something that is noteworthy.
See you in the pit my friend!
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