producer and songwriter from Missouri who learned his signature instrument
from his father, also a bass player.
He attended the University of Missouri in Kansas City, where he
studied at their music conservatory, and furthered his education at William
Jewell College and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
graduation, he went on tour with several gospel groups, including The
Imperials, who performed with Elvis Presley. He worked as a bassist with Ronnie Milsap in 1979 and then became a member of Charlie Rich’s
band. In 1982, he joined The
Burrito Brothers and was with them for about a year. He moved to Los Angeles, California,
A couple of
artists with whom he has collaborated frequently are David Arkenstone and Janis Ian. He appeared on her 1993 album, Breaking Silence, which was
nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best New Folk Album. Likewise, he received a gold record
for his contributions to her compact disc, Up ‘till Now.
In 1995, he
produced Katie Trickett’s album, The Next Time. Then he released his own solo
effort, Push it to the Edge, in
1996. Other albums with which
he was involved include David Arkenstone’s Caravan of Light, Delaney Bramlett’s Sounds
from Home, and Kate E. Oyler’s Handful of Aces.
In 2003, he appeared
on the concert CD, Janis Ian
Live: Working Without a Net. He also produced If You Get Close You Can Hear by Jim
Barile and performed on Voice of the Soul with Sam Glaser and RebbeSoul
and The Silence of This Moment
with Adrienne Kirkey. In 2007, he co-produced Susan Toney’s
Strange Child CD and appeared on
the compilation, Gypsy Lullabies.
His resume as
a producer is impressive, boasting more than thirty credits. Some of his most recent projects
were David Arkenstone’s Sketches from an American Journey, Delaney
Bramlett’s A New Kind of Blues, and Jewly Hight’s Darlin’
January 2010, he took part in a telethon at Kulak’s Woodshed to
benefit victims of the Haitian earthquake.