The student of the week is...
Vocals, Guitar and More Cowbell (Percussionist)
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy in September 2017
When did you start playing music and what was/is your influence for playing music?
The Recorder in the 3rd Grade. Inspiration at the time was to make noise. I started again in September 2017 when joining RiverCity Rock Star Academy. My inspiration now is to try to feel like Elvis for a nano second then drop the mic and exit stage left.
Tell us about your musical journey?
Well, as you know, it all started in 3rd grade...I’ve always loved music. I grew up with the music of Elvis, The Kingston Trio, and Duane Eddy and His Twangy Guitar. I sang and played air guitar all the time. I day dreamed about being a rock star, even after a family member heard me singing and suggested "I wouldn't quit your day job." I didnt have a day job, so i kept day dreaming and singing, but never took it further until - fast forward to present day. My beautiful bride Lorri joined "The River City Rock Star Academy Renegades" crew. I watched as she and her sister Lisa, who are otherwise known as "The Twisted Sisters", play instruments, sing and become rock stars. I kept thinking how this Renegade thing seemed like the perfect way to reinvest in my rock star day dreams. I had a fever, and "the only prescription is more cowbell!" Lorri encouraged me to take a turn, and i joined the Renegades in the Fall of 2017. I still have my day job, but I'm having a good time at my night gig.
What is your favorite song you've played at RiverCity?
‘Hound Dog’ by Elvis and ‘Livewire’ by AC/DC.
What are your favorite bands or artists right now?
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iration, Scorpions, Lou Reed, AC/DC, and Chris Stapleton.
What is your ‘day job’ (besides a Rock Star at RiverCity)?
I'm a manager with the State of Oregon.
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