Music Street Journal - Interview by G. W. Hill

By: G W Hill


Can you catch the readers up on the history of your involvement in music?

I started with piano lessons at the age of five. By the age of eight, it became glaringly apparent to me that I would never play at the same level as my older sister, who was tearing through Debussy's “The Children's Corner.”

Thus began my lifelong obsession with guitar. I took lessons with a good friend of an older brother. He showed me the basics…Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream, The first version of Allman Brothers, Frank Zappa (I could recite  “Billy the Mountain,” in it's entirety, in fifth grade) and Mountain. 

I learned so much off of records back then. Got turned onto Holdsy in 1977. I never looked back. At this time, I was studying heavily with the late Ed McGuire. He was boys with the late Joe Pass. He was incredible teacher who introduced me to the world of The Real Book. 

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