Everywhere I Look
Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, I began studying guitar at age thirteen with my first professional gig in 1967. In High School with two friends, I formed the rock band known as 'Crossfire.' Crossfire appeared on several local television programs and regularly played gigs in and around Columbia and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina until it dissolved in 1971. During college, I worked as a solo performer in lounges owned by the Best Western chain of hotels until 1977. After college, I played with several acoustic groupings in South Carolina and Virginia specializing in 'ole time' and folk music. I retired from music in the 1980s and 1990s until I joined the folk bands 'Lost River' and Shadowdancer from 2000 until 2008. I now perform solo and with my band called 'Watersprite' which has performed all over Kentucky, Tennesee, Indiana and South Carolina. While in college, I began to develop an interest in world religions, focusing on Hinduism, mysticism and traditional folk religions. I've done considerable fieldwork with traditional healers during this time. As a result, I am currently under contract for a book entitled 'American Shamans: journeys with traditional healers' to be published in 2006 by BUSCA Publishing and will recount my adventures with these very special people. I currently work as a librarian at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green Kentucky. Musically, I am interested in traditional Celtic and contemporary folk, and I write my own songs and poetry. I have a passion for discovering older material and giving it a new musical life. The scientist Albert Einstein once said, 'The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.' 'Everywhere I Look' is a musical collage of impressions, observations, yearnings, aspirations and my response to the mysterious and Divine. It includes my love for folklore and traditional music, as well as for exploring different genres of musical expression.