Bruce was born 8/21/54. The second brothers cousin on his mothers side twice removed ( and three times asked to leave ). The nephew of The Mighty Hip Eine. Born the son of Harry Nichols, a 1st generation record collector, little Bruce grew up in a rich atmosphere of various sound patterns such as Bill Boyd and the Cowboy Ramblers, The Cannon Jug Stompers, Jed Davenport, The Blue Sky Boys, The Delmore Brothers, Gid Tanner and The Skillet Lickers, The Light Crust Doughboys, Willie McTell, Tampa Red, Sonny Boy, etc... You get the picture. He had heard these sounds before he had heard a single note of R&R. By age nine Virgil Stockwell had, oops, excuse me, wrong narrative. Anyway, by the age of nine little Bruce won a talent show singing a duet harmony of a Beatles cover song, Please Please Me, with a friend. From this point on music became an obsession with Bruce. His father taught him guitar, mandolin and harmonica and condemned him to a musicians life. His fathers advice was, 'Keep it as a hobby and don't become a drunk'. Several decades and a century later Bruce still has a very expensive hobby and is only half drunk, most of the time. With over 200 song credits to his name ( and they're all gems, ya know ) Garden Variety is the essence of Bruce's Musician/Songwriting zenith (heavy...).