I've been the front man for the Smokin Clams since the very beginning. It's hard to imagine that just a few years ago it was Dan and I singing songs in a friends back yard. Who knew it would turn into the madness we now call "The Smokin’ Clams".
I was just finishing up a 19 year rodeo career as a clown and bullfighter when the Clams really started to bloom. The success we were having with the band made my decision to retire from rodeo easier. I figured I could still perform in front of lots of fans, be my usual goofy self, drink for free, and not have to worry about some 2,000 pound bull tearing me up. It was perfect.
I started playing guitar at age 14. I played with a few bands in high school, but nothing serious. I always kept an acoustic guitar around the house and I'd come home from rodeos and play old country tunes in the living room. (God, I can't believe I just said that.)
My musical influences growing up spanned a pretty large spectrum. Alice Cooper, Kansas, Boston, Kiss, and my favorite all time party band, Brownsville Station. (Damn am I old or what?) My acoustic influences definitely came from the Eagles, and the Dirt Band.
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My guitar collection changes often. No matter where I go, if there's a guitar store I'm in it. I've got six that I really like, but my yellow Dean acoustic and my Ibanez hollow body are my favorites. I keep my stage set-up as simple as possible. (God forbid I'd have to think while playing). My Marshall amp covers things pretty well and gives me what I need soundwise.
Being part of the Smokin’ Clams has given me the opportunity to make some very special friendships over the years. To you the fans, I'd like to say thank you for supporting live music in Sioux City, and for supporting us. I love you all and you'll always be #1 in my heart. To the guys in the band, Dan, Rick, John, Russ, Robert, I wish I could find the right words to describe the feeling I get every time we take the stage. There's no truer friends in the world and there’s no place I'd rather be. And yes John that does include you. (Gotcha!) It truly is magical.
To those closest to me, thank you for being so patient with our busy schedule. Rehearsals, playing clubs, setting up or tearing down, you’re always in my heart and in my thoughts. I only have one regret, I wish my mom would have lived long enough to see us play.
Thanks for taking the time to read my boring life story, you’re why we do what we do.
Factoid: according to someone in the band, the concussions I suffered during my rodeo days, may be the reason for some of my more colorful outbursts on stage. (Thank you Dr. John.)
Factoid: You cannot take Captain Morgan and Coke to an AA meeting. (Who Knew !?)
Factoid: I lied, I've never been to an AA meeting. Rehabs for quitters.