Here's my performance from the Guitar Player Magazine Guitar Superstar Competition 2009that I was HONORED to be a part of. I was truly humbled to be chosen out of almost 2,000 players to join these 9 GREAT guitar players who I'm now proud to call my friends.

And....a note to all guitar players out there (and an explanation for my SHOCKINGLY LOUD and NASTY lead guitar tone):

I take FULL responsibility for this harsh tone. Ask Brodie (one of the other contestants) or any of the folks at soundcheck - I had a nice, fat, warm, smooth tone. I spent a good amount of time dialing in my tone here in Chicago, wrote down my settings, then replicated the tone at soundcheck. But...

Then just before going onstage, one of the crew asked if I remembered what wattage we had the amplifier at. I had forgotten, and my amp 'notes' were back upstairs in the green room. Ok, so do I literally stop the show to go upstairs and get my sheet? No, so I told him that since I was thinking that I could've used a weeeee-bit more volume still after soundcheck, why not just go up one from where we thought it was at. BIG MISTAKE!

You can just make out (in my slight facial expression) the point where my heart sinks knowing that this is not going well. Its just a few seconds after hitting the heavy lead tone. But, I played my tune, made a few mistakes, but yet still had the greatest performing night of my entire life!

I got to play for a packed house, play for (and meet) some of my guitar HEROES, play with the best band I've played with in a LOOOONG time, got to be IN Guitar Player Magazine, make some awesome contacts for my move out to LA, got some awesome swag, and become part of the Guitar Player magazine family. And they truly treat me and the guys from the competition like family.

Anyway, enjoy it, but take into account what I mentioned above. And again, you guitar players out there, learn from my mistake!   =)

"It's All Ball Bearings Nowadays"

Here's a little video I threw together with photos showing the evolution of my guitar career. Its set to the song, "The End Of The Road"by my friend (and one of my favorite songwriters of all time), Dustin Parker. The video culminates with pics of what I hope is waiting for me at the end of the road - the chance to reunite with my angel, Gypsy. The song features my friends (name drops in 5, 4, 3, 2,...) Lance Morrison on bass (on loan from Don Henley) and Rodger Carter on drums (on loan from Rick Springfield).

Sorry for all the name-dropping, but would you watch/listen to these if I didn't mention these guys? If you probably wouldn't, it's okay - that's why I mentioned them.   :)

"The End Of The Road"

Here's the issue of Guitar Player magazine that I'm truly honored to be in:

Here's a 'video' (well, it's a picture with music) of my cover of the great John Rzeznik (of the Goo Goo Dolls) song, "I'm Still Here". Also featuring Lance and Rodger.

"I'm Still Here"


To me, Randy Edelman's score for the movie "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" is the most inspirational music ever written. So much so, that it was the last music I listened to before going in for open heart surgery, and the first thing I listened to when I woke up. This is my guitar arrangement of my favorite sections of Randy's score. Please check it out - I hope you enjoy it. And if you haven't seen the movie, rent it tonight!


As far as PICTURESgo, there are hundreds on my Facebook page, but with how busy things have been these past few years, I'm off Facebook right now.    When time opens up for me, you can find me there at:

But as far as VIDEOS....

There are some videos for you to check out below, but for a BUNCH more, please visit my YouTube channel!

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