My musical interests date to sixth grade, when I started learning to play the trombone. When I got to college I switched to guitar: it was more popular, it didn't hurt my lips (I was wearing braces), and I could sing along (it doesn't sound too good singing while playing the trombone). In college, I would spend many an evening singing and playing, mixed with drinking, smoking, and shooting the breeze. In 1993 I took seven months of singing lessons from Jeannie Deva, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, who helped start their vocal department and whose best-known pupils were Aimiee Mann (then of 'Til Tuesday) and Dar Williams. Now I can at least sing the note I intend! I still enjoy playing & singing with friends, and even play out for an occasional wedding, funeral, benefit, or reunion.

  • Rickenbacker 370/12 12-string electric bought on my 50th birthday (2008).
  • Martin JC16RE jumbo electric acoustic bought 2007.
  • Fender Stratocaster (40th anniversary reissue of the 1954 model) bought 1998.
  • Fender Twin Reverb amplifier (1965 reissue, complete with vacuum tubes) bought 1998
  • Ovation 12 string electric acoustic guitar (Glen Campbell model) bought 1986
  • Pan H490 acoustic six string guitar bought 1977
  • King 3B Tenor Trombone with F attachment SN 476405 bought 1973


  • For What It's Worth -- Buffalo Springfield (Stephen Stills: 1967)
  • Black Water -- Doobie Brothers (Patrick Simmons: 1974)
  • Turn My Life Down -- Jefferson Airplane (Jorma Kaukonen: 1969)
  • On Broadway -- The Drifters (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weill/Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller: 1963)
  • The Story in Your Eyes -- Moody Blues (Justin Hayward: 1971)
  • Althea/Sympathy for the Devil -- Grateful Dead/Rolling Stones (Garcia & Hunter: 1979; Jagger/Richards: 1968)
  • Tangled Up in Blue -- Bob Dylan (1975)
  • Melissa -- Allman Bros. (Gregg Allman: 1967)
  • My Girl -- The Miracles (Smokey Robinson/Ronald White: 1965)
  • Virginia -- Marshall Tucker Band (Toy Caldwell: 1975)
  • Helplessly Hoping/Knockin' on Heaven's Door/Helpless -- CSN (David Crosby/Stephen Stills: 1968)/Bob Dylan/Neil Young (1973; 1970)
  • There's a Place in the World for a Gambler -- Dan Fogelberg (1974)
  • Get Together -- Youngbloods (Dino Valenti: 1965)
  • Ripple -- Grateful Dead (Garcia/Hunter: 1970)


  • Jack Straw – Grateful Dead
  • La Bamba/Good Lovin' -- Richie Valens/Young Rascals (traditional [1959]; Rudy Clark and Arthur Resnick: 1965)
  • Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting -- Elton John (w/Bernie Taupin: 1973)
  • Gimmie Shelter/All Along the Watchtower – Rolling Stones (Jagger/Richard 1969) /Bob Dylan (1967)
  • Crimson & Clover/Baba O'Reilly/Sweet Jane --
    Tommy James & the Shondells (Tommy James/Peter Lucia: 1968) The Who (Pete Townshend: 1971) /The Velvet Underground (Lou Reed: 1971)
  • Join Together/I Know You Rider – The Who (Pete Townshend 1971)/Grateful Dead (traditional [1969])
  • Midnight Rider/After Midnight -- Allman Bros. (Gregg Allman and Kim Payne: 1970)/JJ Cale (1966)
  • Not Fade Away – Buddy Holly (w/ Norman Petty; 1957)
(all at Great Woods, Mansfield, MA except as noted)
  • Jeff Beck/Santana, 1995: Beck kicks @#$ and takes names. Carlos' tribute to Jerry Garcia (who died three days earlier) was underlined by elegance, passion, and whisper-to-a-scream dynamics.
  • CSN, 1996: Mr. Crosby using that new kidney & carrying the boys on his back (rather than Mr. Nash's), and sounding like 25 years had been rolled back
  • k.d. lang, (at Harborlights, Boston, 1996) Unsurpassed voice, peerless stagecraft, and rockin' fun
  • James Taylor, 1996: Great voice, great songs, and made a 18,000 seat venue feel as cozy as a 50 person coffee house
  • Classical Indian Music concert at a friend's Hindu wedding, Trivandrum, Kerala, 1997. Intense virtuosity and unexpected fire in a deliciously exotic genre and venue
  • Egyptian Symphony (dress rehearsal), Cairo, 1997. A beautiful ear-opening blend of Western classical and Egyptian traditions.
  • Hapa, 1999 (Corvallis, OR) My favorite Hawai'ian music, complete with chanting and hula
  • CSNY, 2000 (Rose Garden, Portland OR) Neil gives the boys a jump-start, and they give him a beautiful setting with all the old faves. He & Steven had wonderful guitar duels, and Neil brough out the hollow-bodied guitar on "For What It's Worth"