You are invited to come and enjoy an exciting day of phenomenal singer/songwriter showcases. This songwriter music festival treats music lovers to a wide variety of amazing songs and the people and stories behind the finely crafted tunes.
The Old Bolivar Station (OBS) Songwriter Festival will give attendees the opportunity to experience tomorrow’s headliners in small-stage "listening room" performances. Artists will perform across several venues and two main stages in historic downtown Sanger. In its essence, the OBS Songwriters Festival is all about finely-crafted SONGS, and the talented folks who have written them.
All shows downtown are FREE.
From Iowa City with a ticket for the long way round, this journey of singing and songwriting all started with a three-year old's very first performance on a St. Louis stage in 1987.
As an official recording artist at Supernova Sound with Producer Dave Cowell, Shara weaves the full spectrum of human emotion into her songs, describing them as 'real, raw & catchy' and was thrilled to release her first single, “Christmastime” in December of 2022.
Nominated 2014 FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR by Academy of Texas Country Music
We bring the beach to you! When I was signed on by Tex Whitson (Merle Haggard's lifelong mgr.) his team was looking to find a "female Jimmy Buffett." The rest is history!
Tyler Trantham is a young Texas country singer-songwriter with a powerhouse voice. He was born and raised in New Caney, Texas. Tyler started singing at a young age competing in his school talent shows and had competed and won the Rodeo rockstar in 2016. He decided to take his career to the next step early in 2022 by signing with PWR Entertainment & Promotions. Shortly after signing, he released his first single “On the Run”, which put him on the map with his music.
Jade Flores Band
With roots in Classic Country and a fusion of Americana, Blues & Vintage Rock N Roll- Jade is the perfect hybrid of what everyone loves and brings a soulful sound to every set along with engaging with the crowd and making them feel as if they are apart of the show.
You may recognize her from her American Idol days in 2019 & 2022 or from local music scenes. Jade was honored to have received the American Idol Gold ticket not once but twice!
Rachel Messer & Connor Dale
Rachel Messer featured on The Voice 2018 Season 15i s a singer-songwriter raised up a little holler in Fort Gay, WV. She draws her inspiration from the country and bluegrass greats before her. She pens her lyrics with a straightforward “say it how you see it” style, true to her Appalachian roots. With performances all over the United States, her time on Team Blake (Season 15 of NBC’s The Voice), and fans across the world, Rachel has worked hard to spread her voice and love for storytelling.
When you find your place in the world, your perspective tends to come into focus. Since moving to Turkey, Texas, and back to hometown Lubbock. Dave has found his place in the world and with it a new enthusiasm for sharing his voice. During the week, you will find Dave laughing and drinking with friends and likely smoking some delicious meats. He might be writing a song or attending a City Council meeting. But on the weekends, he is pounding the pavement, sharing a perspective that is uniquely from a Panhandle Native.
Jeff Jacobs Band
Jeff Jacobs is a singer/songwriter from San Antonio. Raised on all different genres of music Jeff decided to start playing guitar and writing music at 13. Forced to take a break in music to raise his kids due to their mother passing at 26 in 2012 Jeff finally launched his career and became a full time musician in 2022. Jeff writes, records and performs in all his projects and has had 5 texas charting singles. His projects include the Jeff Jacobs Band, I.M.F.C., Plain Oddity, Plumb Druthers, Here's to Nothing . Jeff has also pitched songs for considered by Luke Bryan, Mo Pitney, and Dierks Bentley. PlayStation has also shown interest in picking up his Here’s to Nothing single “Suck It Up” .
Singer-songwriter, musician, many years in DFW market performing with bands, single with limited national airplay in 1989, played on stage with various signed acts including John Anderson and Vern Gosdin. Worked in sales and marketing with music distributors in Nashville, currently working on album of originals and shopping songs to signed acts.
Joe Eskridge is a singer/songwriter, entrepreneur from Halls, TN. He has been Writing since 2001 and playing music since childhood. He spent about 10 years in Nashville developing his songwriting approach before returning to Halls after his youngest child came along.
He has 3 albums to his credit. LINES in 2012 raised 5k for St Jude and RUNWAY in 2015 raised 3k for The Veterans' Museum in Halls, TN and Fight 2018 which again raised 3k for St Jude.
Started playing at the age of 10 and the at the age of 15 starting playing lead guitar and traveling with bands playings shows throughout Oklahoma and Texas.
Graduated from High School in 2012 and joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard.
After the Guard started solo career and currently performing shows from acoustic to full band shows, pro audio & lights available.
Katrina Cain is an Austin-based artist and songwriter. Steeped in Americana, she aims to use her blooming writing voice to answer the question: what defines belonging?
Katrina’s own journey has unfolded on both coasts and in the American southwest. A native Texan, she was born in Dallas, raised in a small New England town, and has moved over 20 times. When asked where she’s from, the response of “Dallas born, Yankee bred” is the easiest way to answer. Since returning to her Texas roots, she has called this state home longer than any other place, and intends to stay for good this time
Tommy Joe Smith
In 2010, I joined up with 4 other guys and started a local band. We spent 2 years jamming and playing shows in Oklahoma and Kansas. We parted ways in 2013, and I began playing solo shows, singing with a guitar and piano. Since I hadn't actively listened to current radio really since the 90's, I played covers of Rock n Roll, Classic Rock, Classic Country, and 90's Country. And in 2017, I dipped my toes into the world of songwriting, and haven't stopped.
Ross Fleming is a native Texan. Raised in San Angelo he began writing songs in his teens. The songwriting crowd he ran with, which included Beaver Nelson and Will T. Massey, absorbed the recordings of Townes Van Zandt, Butch Hancock, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and many others in that lineage of American troubadours.
Produced by Scrappy Jud Newcomb, It's the Trying' was recorded in Marfa, TX
Proud Country is a male/female duo out of Weatherford, Tx. - also available full band. Military Veterans and performing singer/songwriters, Taylor Bonham and Rhonda Lynn met by chance at the Veteran's Hospital in Fort Worth while submitting videos to compete in the National Veteran's Creative Arts competition. They have multiple songs that are charted on Texas Music and Internet Charts, with a new release coming out in April. Winners of multiple songwriting competitions(local and national) - most recently competed/featured in the LJT Songwriter Showcase.
Holly ortego. 101.1kbon. Louisiana proud radio artist. Born and raised in Cajun country of Big Mamou La, home of Steve Riley and the Mamou Play boys. Been writing and singing since the age of 12. Write songs for local artist as well
Dick is a singer-songwriter living in East Texas. He was involved with various local bands in the Houston, TX area beginning in the early 80's, and currently plays solo, or as the primary guitarist for the band City Limits. D*ck and his wife escaped the bustle of the Houston area in 2012, and now live outside Gilmer, TX with the chickens, the critters, and Bonnibelle the Sheltie.
The Todd Mankin Band's emerging style blends diverse elements into cohesive, vocal driven performances. In 2008 fans and industry took note at the pre-release of the debut album ”June Time”. This is just the beginning, as the debut cement’s Mankin’s following with the single “The Sail”. The TMB is performing at top festivals and venues across Texas and the US. The Todd Mankin Band is poised for what is on the horizon.
Jacob Muniz/Broken Levee
Having dreamt of a career in the music industry since his youth, Jacob ventured into the recording side of the business after high school, earning a certification in Audio Engineering.
After years spent learning from some of the best in the business, he established his own production company, Jacob M Productions, in 2019. Through this venture, he has recorded numerous local, regional, and national talents, alongside writing and recording his own music under his name, as well as under the name The Broken Levee.
Introducing the rousing and heartfelt sounds of country musician, hailing from the rugged landscape of Schwertner, Texas. This cowboy strums his guitar with the passion and grit of the southern plains, painting vivid images of ranch life and cowboy culture through his music. Inspired by the likes of Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, this artist brings the traditions and values of the American West to life through his unique voice and infectious energy. Get ready to tap your boots and nod your head to the thought-provoking and moving lyrics of this country sensation from Schwertner, Texas.
Born and raised in the red dirt of Northeast Texas, I’ve found my love of music through the rockin’ blues my father favored and the genuine heart of red dirt country. My music showcases the biggest parts of my reality and the authentic beauty behind every lyric. Nothing can compare to the first tear shed listening to Like Knives by the talented Dallas Green or the undeniable urge to smile during One Chord Song by the great Stoney LaRue. My songs are my reality paired with ensuing imagination. My passion is the feeling that we are blessed with everyday driven by our desire to share what we love. Mine just happens to be music.
Stefan has been creating and performing music since his
teenage years, following his father into the business in the same way he learned from his father in the woods and the river. The joy Stefan finds in the outdoors and the
gratitude he shows on the stage are part of the same values that persevere in his music today. Stefan's sound is a rustic and approachable blend of Americana, folk, and roots. Audiences comment that his lyrics are stark and sincere, and his voice is dynamic and distinctive. He lists Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, Leonard Cohen, and Richard Buckner among his influences.
Anthony Prater is a Songwriter and self-described “Guerilla Historian” born in San Antonio, TX in 1985 and raised a few miles south in Somerset, TX.
In addition to his solo pursuits, he fronts Irish Folk/Rock/Americana group THE NAGGINS and is the primary Songwriter, Lead Vocalist, and Rhythm Guitarist for the Indie/Alternative Rock band HOTEL TORGO.
Dan Wesley White
Dan Wesley White started playing and singing music from an early age in church. He joined his local band program in middle school, and continued playing music in marching band and jazz band. After graduating, he enlisted in the US Army band program where he performed all over the world and had a chance to study and play with world class musicians. After exiting the military band, he went back to college and completed his bachelors of Arts degree and Masters degree in Music Education. He is currently a band director in South Texas. He recently wrote and recorded a few songs in Nashville which are now live on Spotify, apple, and youtube.
I released my first record in 2017 after polishing up some songs for about two years. My record release was at Robert Earl Keen's Fourth on the River celebration in Kerrville with Keen and Bruce Robison. Since then I have continued to evolve, writing less country sounds and more Texas Americana, whatever the that means. I like storytelling songs, and feel it's a lost art these days when everyone just wants to see how vulnerable they can be. I like that also, but I love songs that paint a picture and tell a cool story, like some good dusty book on the shelf that you found at a thrift store.
I am a songwriter, singer, drummer and guitarist that has been writing and performing music for over 50 years.
Marshall Mitchell is a professional entertainer that delivers a personal, polished yet passionate showcase of his original songs, stories, and select cover songs. Every Marshall Mitchell performance is tailored to engage and draw the audience into his music.
As a singer/songwriter, Marshall has recorded ten CD albums, three singles, and two music videos. He continues to write and produce original recordings in his studio and currently has a CD and a music video in production.
I am a singer-songwriter from Northwest Arkansas. I was raised in Birmingham, Alabama where I learned to play guitar and sing. I began performing in 2021 and haven’t looked back!
Encouraged and supported by her wonderful family, Tara began singing just when she was a little girl. Her passion for music continued to grow , partaking in middle school orchestra where the violin became her first instrument. Quickly, she expanded her instrumental talent to the acoustic guitar, where her teacher Claire Domingue also helped guide her in the unique craft of songwriting at the young age of 13. From there, she has continued to dive into the world of country music.
Noah Derrick is an artist from Waxahachie, Texas. He is 19 years old and has been singing his entire life. He has a background in acting and singing, as well as connections to other songwriters around Texas.
Andrew Blanton grew up just outside of Dallas, and traveled from Big Bend to Possum Kingdom while listening to Willie Nelson and the Texas Tornados. The influences from the Southwest are found in his songwriting. Blanton recently performed at the Big Bend Songwriters Festival and can be found touring the Texas Hill Country.
Chuck D. Rogers
Chuck D Rogers is a singer/songwriter/band leader based in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area.
His style is a mix of Texas Country, Americana, Folk and Rock.
Chuck performs solo and with his full band, The Texas Blacklands. His new album Black Dirt was released October 2022 and he has thousands of loyal fans and followers.
Born & Raised in Southern Oklahoma, Adara Kay found her grit and rock energy the first time she stepped on stage in 2018. Since then, she has perfected a high energy performance that watchers will remember down the road. She's been able to not only share the stage with other independent artists, but she's also been able to introduce new songwriters from other states into the Oklahoma music scene
Kim is a singer songwriter guitarist. She is a published songwriter affiliated with BMI. She has had radio airplay in Europe as well as Texas. Currently playing East Texas venues with a folk, country smooth sound.
I started out in music as the fiddle player for my grandparent's bluegrass gospel band, The Ramsey Family. In 2005 I became a solo acoustic performer in the Monroe, Louisiana area. In 2015 I had to have brain surgery, which forced me to go full time music. 6 months later, my wife and I opened for Dwight Yoakum on Friday and 3 Doors Down the next night.
I took that as a sign that we were on the right track. This year, we finished an original album with Kent Wells, producer and lead guitarist for Dolly Parton. Now we are booking festivals from Nashville to Kansas with the hopes of going further.
Keith Michael Kallina
Through vivid descriptions of love lost and found, battling of personal demons, and well-weathered stories of life on the road, Keith Michael Kallina bares his soul in a way that is relatable yet distinctly his own. At times upbeat and lighthearted, other times deep and introspective, Keith Michael Kallina's music encompasses a full range of emotions, and provides a glimpse into the psyche of an artist consumed with exploring the truth of his own experience. But that's just Keith - the ability to rip and roar when times are good, and the willingness to dive deep and search his soul when the light goes dim - and through his music, he'll take you along for the ride.
Philip Gibbs was born and raised in Austin, and picked up the songwriting habit in his teens. Since then he has played thousands of gigs in about 35 states. He has had 3 albums chart on the Americana, EuroAmericana and/or FolkDJ charts, and in 2011 was a Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalist.
Born in Oklahoma, raised in Louisiana, living and working in Texas, Ben Curry arrives on scene to provide a fresh voice in the Vibrant Southern American Singer/Songwriter Genre. Ben draws on past and present, visceral and surreal, with a timbre that aches for nostalgic pleasantries for the listener. Often referred to as “The Songbird of North Louisiana”, he aptly earns the title by finding a tune for every mood and part of the day.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up immersed in the sounds of Texas music in the Lone Star State ballrooms. Jeremy has always been a music fan, but only in his senior year of high school did he discover his talent for it. Driven by his passion, he learned to play the guitar as an autodidact and began writing and performing music.
Over the past ten years, Jeremy has played throughout the U.S. and Europe, including numerous venues in Texas.
A performance horse trainer by day, Wes Weber was born into a family with deep roots in south Texas ranching culture. Growing up singing at gatherings around a campfire on the family ranch, he first picked up a guitar at the age of 14, and by the time he moved to College Station to attend Texas A&M University, he had begun writing his own songs, inspired by his favorite songwriters, including his uncle Michael David Seals. Wes has released two 5-song acoustic EPs, written with and for several other artists, and is currently finishing work on his debut full-length album, which he plans to release in the fall of 2023.
Josh Smith - Handsome & the Humbles
Josh Smith, the singer and songwriter for Handsome and the Humbles, knows that all too well. “Alt-Country,” the new album by the Knoxville-based Americana outfit, is built on a foundation of loss that knocked the gregarious and affable frontman to his knees … but in so doing, gifted him with a record that smolders like the orange coals of a once mighty conflagration.
Lloyd Mark Sutton
Lloyd Mark Sutton is a songwriter from Wichita Falls, Texas. Born in the 50s, a child of the 60s, Sutton left home after turning seventeen with his guitar in hand. He went west to Lubbock, Texas, then north to down state New York. Then after winter set in, he moved on to Atlanta, Georgia and finally made his way back to Texas.
Sutton who has played guitar since he was ten, began writing in the early 80s, and continues writing today with an original blend of acoustic, eclectic jazzy-Texas-Americana sounds that tell a story, make you feel good, and carry you away to another time and place
He's Strange. Just as he admits in his song (Mr. Strange) from his new self titled album.
He’s taken several tours at sea with Norwegian and Carnival Cruise Lines. Jacob has been nominated and won several local & regional music awards such as Best Solo Artist. In January 2019 & 2020 Jacob accepted the opportunity to play as an Oklahoma featured folk artist at the Key West Mile 0 Festival.
Michael David Dean
I first picked up a guitar when I was 15 years old. I was trying out for the high school folk group named "The Lively Folk". It was made up of members of the choir and it was the beginning of my love for music. It also helped me overcome an incredible shyness and was a blast performing around the central California area.
In 2016 we moved to the Austin, Texas area where my love for music, playing guitar and singing was rekindled. There's definitely something in the air in Austin that brings out the urge to create and play music!
Tribe & King
Tribe and king is an up and coming indie folk singer songwriter from DFW Texas. Originally from the mountains of Pennsylvania now residing in Burleson. He is a proud husband and father and his music is produced in his own home studio.
Shotgun Josephine is a Harmony duo, bringing a Southern-Appalachian sound in the tradition of the Louvin and Everly Brothers with a modern, Texas-twist.
Zebb Rogers is a singer/songwriter from Louisiana. His musical influences include Country, Americana, Southern Soul, and Christian Music. Through the years those influences have molded into a sound of his own. Some Recent Radio singles include “Saved Me From Myself” and “CHECK” which performed well on the Texas Charts and received play in 68 countries. Another single “Baptized By A Back Road” recently reached #6 on Texas Internet Radio and performed well on the Texas and Positive Country charts. It’s reached over 100k streams to date.
Mike Mancy got his start both L.A. and Nashville in 1996.
Mike Released two projects in 2000, "Let the Party Begin" and "Live at Poor David's Pub" and after some success, found some investors to release his true debut album, 'Uneven Ground', in 2004.
In the fall of 2006, the Mike Mancy Band performed with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders for the CMT series 'Making the Squad', and he also sang the National Anthem at a sold-out Dallas Stars Hockey Game. "Let it Roll" was in two movies shortly after the single released, "The Ranch" and "Decisions".
Gatlin Dean Williams is crafting his own style of Country and Western, and not sticking to any stereotypes or rules along the way. With influences ranging from Hank Williams and George Jones, to Koe Wetzel and Zach Bryan, Williams is joining in the country renaissance, determined to be part of the revival of the genre.
Gatlin has played hundreds of shows from small venues to gatherings of hundreds. He's single handedly penned upwards of 400 songs and continues to write every day. In December of 2020, Gatlin released his first EP, "Fly" a live, one take collection of stories and songs that shaped his style. Williams' raw vocals were used on the finished product. In July of 2022, Williams released his first full length album, "Lonesome Rodeo".
First three songs demoed in Nashville published by GBMR/Gatlin Bros. Music Resources. In May 1995 Climbing The Wall appeared in television premiere of The Dotty West Story, Big Dreams and Broken Hearts. In May of the same year, a tornado destroyed my home and the decision was made to move to Nashville and write for GBMR. I have since returned to my hometown in Ardmore, Oklahoma where I own the family ranch I inherited and continue to perform and write at local venues and a trio, known as The Brothers, in OKC.
Isabella Love is an Arkansas native with a heart that beats for country music. Some of Isabella's inspirations include Miranda Lambert and Ashely McBride.
Ever since Isabella was a little girl, she has grown up singing and dancing to country music. She inherited her musical talent from her grandmother and father .
At the age of six, Isabella attended and performed at the Brockwell Gospel Music School for the first time with her music teacher Mr. Mason. When she was thirteen, she performed with her dad's friend, Hoss Skelton, at one of the best honky tonks in Nashville, Honky Tonk Central. After this performance, Isabella realized that she wanted a career as a country music singer, so she started to learn to play the guitar.
Alexandra is an indie pop singer/songwriter originally from the hills of Ohio. She recently moved to Dallas where she has deep dove into writing her upcoming EP. Growing up a singer, she slowly found herself a confidant in the honesty and creative release of songwriting. Alexandra’s goal is to merge her life-long love affair of live performance with layered vocals and compelling lyricism to finally release these stories into the world. She hopes that the balance between catchy melodies and honest storytelling will fall into the listeners lap with a sense of familiarity, painting a vivid picture through thought-provoking imagery. Ultimately, her goal is to create something that cultivates a sense of a community, a live show that wows you, and a found friend in her lyrics.
Dusty Moats is a Country Music Artist hailing from Ft. Worth, Tx. He has been making music since his teenage years and has established himself as a well-respected artist in the Texas Music Scene. His unique blend of Country and Rock Influences, combined with honest and heartfelt lyrics, has earned him a dedicated following and well-deserved critical acclaim. With a #1 ( Honky Tonk Ways ) on the Texas and Australian charts as well as multiple Top 40 Texas Chart Singles under his belt, serves as a testament to Dusty's talent as a songwriter and performer, solidifying his position as one of the top artists in the Texas Music Scene.
Americana recording artist and songwriter from Central Texas released her premier single "DIRTY LITTLE SECRET" June 24th, 2022 and her 2nd single “PEOPLE TODAY” premiered with VENTS MAGAZINE August 29th & write up by AMERICANA UK. The singles are available on I-Tunes, Spotify, and more. Samantha performs throughout Texas and her first full length album is set for spring release co-producing with EVAN MCPHERSON on guitar and bass, D’VONNE LEWIS (DIGABLE PLANETS, D’Vonne Lewis’ LIMITED EDITION) on drums, TY BAILIE (KATY PERRY, JOSS STONE) on keys and organ, ANDREW JOSLYN (KESHA, LESLIE ODOM JR) on strings, ANDREAS WILD (NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS) on horns, WHIT WRIGHT (THOMAS RHETT, AMERICAN AQUARIUM) on pedal steel, producer & engineer GEOFF OTT (MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS, MELISSA ETHERIDGE) at Seattle's London Bridge Studio.
The Hazy Blues
This talented band began when Javier and Melissa crossed paths at a local open mic session. What started as a duo has now turned into a full band show. THB released their first album The RunAround June 2022. They are currently finishing up album two and can't wait to rock the stage with their all original set. It’s a show you don't want to miss!
Singer/Songwriter based out of Austin, Texas. I grew up in a very musical family with a father that played the drums and guitar and a mother that has an unbelievable voice. I'm really excited to put out my first EP soon, with songs I recorded with hometown friends, as well as a song I sing with my beautiful mother (which my dad also plays drums on). I sing about real life, real emotions, and real stories with and about people that mean everything to me.
Beaux Atkins picked up a guitar and began playing for friends a few short years ago. With a big soulful southern voice and an equally big charismatic personality, he has worked hard at winning fans until he now is able to earn his living playing music and singing across the Deep South. He has shared the stage with the likes of Blackberry Smoke, The Benjy Davis Project, Frank Foster, Cody Canada and the Departed, The Eli Young Band, Corey Smith, and more. The natural progression to accompany this gigging success was to make an album that showcases the talent and hard work he lays out to his fans every night.
Scott Sean White
Scott Sean White makes his home these days in Poetry, Texas, a perfectly named little town for a songwriter’s songwriter. His first album, "Call It Even," came out in April 2021, and Jack Ingram said, “Some songwriters spend precious time struggling to find their truth and make it rhyme. Others just pick up their guitar and tell it. Scott Sean White is one of the others.” White is a storyteller both in his songs and the banter in-between songs, laying out his life experience - his faith and struggles - and intertwining it all with his craft. He also has two songs on the new Cody Johnson album - “God Bless the Boy” and “Made a Home.” His own live show is starkly honest, transparent, and eye-opening, full of laughter and probably a few (good) tears, too.
Brittany Bexton grew up with Aretha Franklin, Motown, and rock and roll as the soundtracks that influenced her musical palate. She began her career as a youngster
performing in hometown choirs and the theatre. Brittany studied music intently in high school and took vocal lessons with four master teachers. She attended Pacific
Conservatory Theater (PCPA) where she studied acting, singing and dancing, and worked in professional musical theater. In 2011, the determined Northern California native moved to Nashville to dedicate her concentrations toward her music as a full-time endeavor.
Since her relocation to Music City, Brittany has released two CDs (a self-titled album and an EP titled FREE FALL); she has toured to perform at fairs and festivals in 18 states (performing at Fiddler's & Fiddleheads Festival/Oconto County Fair/Gogebic County
Fair/Sonoma County Fair/Wyoming West Festival) sharing the spotlight with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Craig Wayne Boyd, Jason Sellers and Sarah Buxton among others. Brittany’s music can best be described as soulful rootsy rock, with a positive message. Her performances are energy packed, her lyrics are heartfelt and real, and her honey soaked vocals are soulful and rich
Some Guy Named Robb
Some Guy Named Robb AKA singer songwriter Robb McCormick is a native to Arkansas and Colorado. He has headlined festivals and opened up for acts as diverse as John Fogarty (Creedence Clearwater Revival) to Sister Hazel and the Bellamy Brothers. As well as sharing the bill with Steve Poltz (Jewel) & Glenn Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) among others.
Growing up he was inspired by lyrically and musically rich songwriters like Paul Simon, John Denver, and Neil Diamond. In his teenage years he found alternative rock music through bands like The Cure, Depeche Mode, and The Replacements.
His music is an amalgamation of all these influences, as well as Reggae, Punk, Soul, and Blues. His love for music is matched only by his high regard for lyricism.
He has spent his life writing and performing music, full time professionally since he was a teenager. He’s performed thousands of shows, to hundreds of thousands of people, nationally and internationally.
In his own words:
“The best shows are when I get to connect with the audience. When they are with me and I’m with them and we get to share a special moment together. Most musicians will tell you we perform music to make connections. That’s me. The best room is one who has come to have fun, to surrender to the evening and see where it may take us. From tears to laughter. From clapping hands to singing along with me.
I live for those musical moments.”