Today is the 4th of July!
Among the fireworks, picnics and all the other activities going on this day, is the Alabama Songwriters Festival in Guntersville, Alabama. Actually, it has been going on since Friday, but today I’ll be going there. I’m playing banjo with Leon Venerable, Eric Shaffer and Brian Curtis from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. This is the first time I’ve been there, so it is a new experience for me. Sure hope there’s shade on this hot July day!
Leon has written some great material – some of which are easily country hit songs. Check them out on iTunes or Amazon. I especially like ‘Where I Call Home’ and ‘Best Life’.
I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Software Engineer and part-time banjo instructor. My wife Miiko and I worship at Rivertree Downtown.
I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin and dulcimer at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play and teach Scruggs, melodic, clawhammer, and 2-finger styles.
I'm also very keen on theology, being a Trail Care Partner with the Land Trust of North Alabama, photography, urban planning, architecture, astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, martial arts, and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.