I started playing music in elementary school, as most of us do, on the piano. Just after high school, I picked up my first guitar and had my first gig in college as part of an acoustic duo.
While in graduate school at the University of Delaware, I started performing with Bookends, an acoustic band that had quite a bit of regional success in and around Newark, Delaware. We released one self-titled CD of original music in 1999.
After earning my graduate degree in mathematics, my first job was in Chicago where I absorbed the bluegrass and folk culture which was prominent in Oak Park where I lived. I continued performing solo from time to time and also with a small ensemble of acoustic musicians I met at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market which had a vibrant bluegrass and folk music scene.
In 2003, I moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia, to start work at the University of Mary Washington. Since then, I have performed primarily as a solo artist and with the Fall Line Bluegrass Band.
I describe myself as a flatpicker. I play with a pick. I enjoy playing acoustic rock-n-roll and bluegrass mostly. My solo shows often focus on acoustic rock and folk music, especially tunes that were popular in the 60s and 70s. With the band, we tend to perform a mix of very traditional bluegrass tunes and some contemporary surprises. To date, I have played well over a hundred shows at bars, restaurants, coffee shops and private events.