My music is country based, both traditional and new, and has it's roots in bar-rooms and honky tonks. In a nutshell, this is more Bakersfield than Nashville, more Don Williams than Ray Price, more Jerry Reed than Chet Atkins, and more Dwight Yoakum than Mark Chestnut. I like all of those artists and am just trying to describe my attitude. I've performed with my own 'Sidewinder Band' since I started the band in 1979, and also as lead guitarist for The James Theroux Band/ The Road Kill Kings. I've opened for Dwight Yokum, Hank Williams III, Dave Alvin/The Blasters, Wayne 'The Train' Hancock, as well as Pete Anderson. The JTBand made it to #9 on MP3 for Western Swing. Hope you like my stuff. Tunes like 'Kissaholic' and 'Livin' under the Rug' are more of a rockabilly thing. My goof, 'Lookin' at Linoleum' is like an old Bob Wills western swing song ala Stay All Night. 'The Joke's on me' is akin to Nashville, circa 1968. Calling on my bluegrass roots I offer 'Map of Love', Lucky Fishin' Hat' and 'Your Bait is Gone'. (How many songs combine fishing and love, written from the trouts point of view?)'Ends in Y' is a traditional country blues. I can't figure out what style 'There's A Ghost' is, maybe the result of too many hours on stage, but it's one of my favorites. I think most musicians would understand it. 'Everyone Cries' has both a new and old feel to it. I was told by one reviewer that it sounded like the Rembrants, but I don't know much of them. This is your basic Tom Vicson recipe 1. Take a young man, a musician since age 9, with a dedication and a deep love for guitar, from Chuck Berry all the way to Jimi Hendrix. Add: 1/4 cup British Invasion of the late 60's (Beatles, Animals, Kinks) 1/4 cup American Folk Rock (Byrds, Lovin' Spoonful, Creedence Clearwater) 2. Get him interested in country music by turning him onto guitarists like Jerry Reed, Don Rich, Roy Clark, and Danny Gatten. Then Add: 1/2 cup real country music. Bob Wills, Johnny Cash, (we share the same 2-26 birthday), Buck Owens, Don Williams, and Merle Haggard) Add a pinch of hillbilly humor, irreverance and dry wit. 3. Mix well until the country comes to the top. Put him on stage in honky-tonk bars, five hours per night, five days per week, for twenty years, and hope for the best. *************** I grew up in Spokane, Washington and Coeur D'alane, Idaho. We didn't have hills. We had mountains, so I guess I'm not a hillbilly. I've spent the last bunch of years in Southern California and don't own a snow shovel.