is a multi-instrumentalist, conductor, arranger, producer and composer,
known mainly as a trumpeter and trombonist, who came from a family of
began performing on the trumpet when he was 13 years old under the tutelage
of his father and uncle and was fortunate enough to be able to watch
recording sessions that family members were involved in while he was still
young and got acquainted with many of the biggest artists recording in
Memphis at the time.
high school had him appearing in the band with his uncle being the Music
Instructor and Band Director and while at University of Memphis he majored
in music composition and also managed to get work as a session
also had the advantage of being able to spent time in a studio to learn
about the engineering, recording and production side of things and gain an
all round knowledge of music.
he had been performing since the late 1970s, including on the 1975 hit song
"Full of Fire" by Al Green which was his first real success, he
became an official member of The Memphis Horns in 1977, who
had been heard on nearly every recording put out by the Stax
label as well as appearing later on others.
1980 he landed the position of music director to Johnny Cash and spent the
next ten years recording and touring with him.
to concentrate on production work he established Hale House Productions
where he is able to wear the hat of producer, musician, engineer and every
other position that needs to be filled. Throughout his career he has worked
with literally hundreds of artists and a number of symphony orchestras.
acclaimed musician and producer he has been involved with acts such as
Bonnie Bramlett, Canned Heat, Roy Clark, Robert
Cray, Steve Cropper, Dr. John, Dave Edmunds, Yvonne Elliman,
Firefall, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, Etta
James, Waylon Jennings, Memphis Slim, Ronnie Milsap,
John Prine, Keith Richards, Sam & Dave, Seals
& Crofts, Rufus Thomas, U2 and the composer John Williams.
countless recordings can't possibly all be listed here but a small
selection of what he can be heard on includes Cowboy's Sweetheart by
Lynn Anderson, Floridays by Jimmy Buffett,
Gone Girl by Johnny Cash, Genius & Soul: The 50th
Anniversary Collection by Ray Charles, Takin'
It to the Streets by The Doobie Brothers, Memphis
Menu by Jose Feliciano, Let's Stay Together by Al Green, Bring
'Em In by Buddy Guy, All Killer, No
Filler: The Anthology by Jerry Lee Lewis, Continuum by John
Mayer, Get Up and Dance by The Memphis Horns, Shotgun Willie
by Willie Nelson, Smile by Marti Pellow, Live
a Little, Love a Little/Charro!/The Trouble With
Girls by Elvis Presley, Come On Home by Boz
Scaggs, Stephen Stills 2 by Stephen Stills
and Wild Streak by Hank Williams Jr.
also appeared on the documentary film U2: Rattle and Hum in
in the more official side of music, he held the position of the Nashville
Chapter Composition/Arranging Committee Chairman of NARAS for a period 6