Pedal Steel Guitar
It all started for me back in 1960 when I was 11 years old. On that fateful day that I finally convinced my mother to drag out her old guitar from under her bed. She showed me a couple of chords (that was about all she could remember), and from that moment on I was hooked.
I played guitar in the usual neighbhborhood bands as I grew up, nothing very memorable. In 1972, after I came home from the service, I became interested in the steel guitar. I managed to get my hands on one, and after much frustration finally learned enough to take a job playing steel for a gospel group called the Harmonaires.
In the years since, I have played for many different bands, a bunch of pick-up jobs, and all over the place it seems like. I have never played professionally -- I have been a pipefitter for 32 years, but in my opinion I have played with some of the most talented musicians and made as many true friends as a person could do on a local level.
I have a 21 year old son Jarrod, and a 17 year old daughter Kelli, a Siamese cat named Buckwheat, my Sweetheart Patty, and now I'm playing music with Darrel, Larry, Mark, and Rat, a great bunch of guys. I've loved every minute of my musical career and by the way, I still have that old guitar that Mom pulled out from under the bed.