“I started playing guitar at about eight or nine years old, studied piano a bit, and played French horn in band. My dad was my earliest influence. He liked to play Bob Dylan and James Taylor tunes around the campfire. I was struck by the soul and lyricism in the music.
My playing has become more focused and specific over the years. I’m always chipping away at the stone.
I lived in Harlem and the South Bronx in 2004-2006 around the time the levees failed in New Orleans. I taught music at the LaVelle School for the Blind and practiced music therapy at the Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics in the Bronx. I played in a couple of bands and casually collaborated in New York then, but really began my performance career when I returned to New Orleans in the fall of ’06.
I fell for New Orleans from the start. To me, it was an impressionistic tropical wonderland where there was always music floating through the humid air. My perspective of the place has changed a lot over time, but I’m still charmed by the city.
I’ve played a lot on Royal Street, and at clubs on Frenchmen Street. Playing on the street teaches you how to read and keep a crowd. Hours of busking and playing at clubs has also given our band a lot of flexibility and confidence in our live show.”