Some Background information
I’ve been interested in music for most of my life. I taught myself to play the guitar when I was 13. I played mostly finger-style until I heard a Doc Watson record. That opened up a whole new dimension and I began my Bluegrass Journey. I attended Bridgewater College in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and attended my first Bluegrass Festival with The Seldom Scene and Jimmy Martin as headliners. This was around 1975. I had purchased a banjo by then and learned both Scruggs and Melodic styles of playing. I believe this was the same year I met my Bluegrass Mentor. I was returning to my dorm room at school and I heard someone playing the mandolin. Sitting on my bed playing an early Gibson A2Z was David McLaughlin. I spent the rest of that year absorbing every bit of music related information from him and we became close friends. I moved to New Jersey in late 1980 and got a job in the repair shop at Mandolin Brothers in Staten Island NY. There I spent the next 12 years working of some of the finest vintage stringed instruments you can imagine. It was during this time I teamed up with Bruce Jepson and Ridley Enslow to form an acoustic trio called String Fever and later on included Sandy Joren on bass and Mickey McGuire on banjo. In 2002 I started working for Apple Computers and continued my repair work on stringed instruments.