He is a bass guitarist, upright string bass player and
songwriter born in Dayton, Ohio, and growing up in Madison, Wisconsin. He started his interest in music from
a young age and after starting out learning the guitar when he was twelve,
he decided to devote his time to the bass guitar the following year. He went on to take further
education in music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
A hired performer with many groups and artists in his
local area, he knew that if he wanted to spread his wings he would have to
move elsewhere. Taking the
plunge, he relocated to Nashville where he has worked regularly since as a
session musician as well as appearing in many shows there.
Getting his name known he has become one of the most
sought after bassists in Nashville and has worked with artists and groups
that include Bryan Adams, Alabama, John Anderson, Joan Baez, The Bellamy
Brothers, Clint Black, Bonnie Bramlett, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Carlene
Carter, Buzz Cason, Peter Cetera, The Chieftains, Billy Ray Cyrus, Merle
Haggard, Dan Hill, Janis Ian, George Jones, Wynonna Judd, Sammy Kershaw,
Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Richard Marx, The Mavericks, Martina McBride, Reba
McEntire, Mac McAnally, Ronnie Milsap, Aaron Neville, Mark O’Connor,
LeAnn Rimes, Marty Robbins, Kenny Rogers, Earl Scruggs, Bob Seger, Dusty
Springfield, George Strait, Pam Tillis, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Conway
Twitty, Tammy Wynette, Trisha Yearwood, and many more.
Since being spotted by Mark Knopfler in the mid-1990s,
he has regularly recorded and toured with him ever since, performing on
both the bass guitar and the upright string bass. Around the same time he was
also a member of the group The Bluebloods with his co-members being John
Gardner, Mike Henderson and John Jarvis. Together they recorded the albums First
Blood and Thicker Than Water, which both contain his co-written
Other albums he has appeared in over the years, which
stack up to far too many to mention, include Take the Weather With You
by Jimmy Buffett, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best Of… by Dire
Straits, Love is Always Seventeen by David Gates, Brand New Dance
by Emmylou Harris, Golden Heart by Mark Knopfler, I’ve Got
That Old Feeling by Alison Krauss, Healing Hands of Time by
Willie Nelson, The Rest of the Dream by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Face
the Promise by Bob Seger, Shania Twain by Shania Twain, Hog
Wild by Hank Williams Jr. and the soundtracks of Black Dog, Home
Alone 2, Hoot, The Horse Whisperer, Metroland,
Traveller and Wag the Dog.
Aside from appearing on the soundtracks of movies, he
has also been seen in the 1989 Heart of Dixie and on an episode of
the TV series American Music Shop.
He still remains working a very busy freelance bassist
and to date has been heard on probably several thousands of recordings.