||When I was growing up we had a Guitar
hanging on the wall in the living room which served as a decoration. One
day I just had the irresistible urge to pick it up and start fooling around
with it. I guess I must have been around 15 yrs. old back then.
Having absolutely no knowledge whatsoever about the guitar, I just started noodling around, seeing if I could pick out a few simple melodies I was familiar with. That seemed to work really well and was a lot of fun. The next step was when I got ahold of a song book with all the guitar chords in it. That's when everything started to click. It took awhile to get all the chords down, but I never had the feeling I had to force myself to practice. It was just a whole lot of fun learning new tunes, different progressions, new melodic ideas and different chords. Never before had anything been so easy and fun for me to learn.
||My parents thought it would be a great idea for me to have a basic understanding of Classical Music and got me started taking lessons. It didn't take me long to realize that this just wasn't for me. I never did learn to read or write music. I don't know why, but written music has just never been my thing.|
||Got back to learning on my own and started studying different techniques and styles, like Folk, Blues, Rock and Pop.|
|| Got really hooked on Fingerpicking and fell
in love with Ragtime
||This is when I had my first brush with the Dobro. There was one on the cover of an Allman Brothers album and Duane Allman played a few tunes on that album with a bottle neck. This is when I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I was going to have to get me a Dobro, as soon as possible.|
|| During an extended vacation in the States I
stumbeled across a steel-bodied Dobro in New
Orleans that I bought on the spot, for $400,-. It was a roundneck.
Two weeks later, on my way from L.A. to Frisco with my new Dobro, I ran across a Bluegrassband playing on the street. This guy was playing a squareneck, which I had never seen or heard before.
I immediately went off the deep end. I had a very interesting conversation with this guy , who told me everything he knew about these guitars. After that I headed back to L.A. and took a tour of the Dobro Company in Huntington Beach.
||Bought my first square neck in Munich along with an instruction book. Not long after that I met a guy in Stuttgart who played Dobro in a Bluegrass Band. He introduced me into the music scene in and around Stuttgart and then things really started to take off.|
||My first real Band. Southern Comfort. We practiced
regularly, recorded a demo tape and played quite a few gigs. At this time
I was playing exclusively Dobro, lap style.
||On vacation again in the States, bought my RQ Jones Dobro.|
||Southern Comfort disbands.
||New Band formation, The Paper Pardners. Lots
of gigs with this Band, among others, The Marlboro Country Festival and
a Guest appearance in the T.V. show "Kaffee oder Tee".
|| The Paper Pardners disband.
||Another new Band, "Hard Times". This
formation recorded a MC with 12 tunes and had a guest appearance in the
T.V. show "Talentschuppen".
|| Played on two tunes for the "Main Spring"
album "In The Mood" in a Recording Studio in Munich.
Darol Anger played fiddle on the tune "Long".
||Spent a lot of time and effort putting my own Recording Studio together. Started concentrating more and more on guitar and less on Dobro. Made a lot of recordings for various local Bands, from Punk to Folk, a little bit of everything. After recording a demo for the banjoplayer from Lost Pick, he asked me if I´d be interested in playing Stand Up Bass in a new band. I wasn´t involved with any other band at that time, so I took him up on the offer.|
||Got a Bass and started playing with the "Phoenix
||Phoenix is playing gigs regularly and recorded
their first CD, "Grassy Grooves".
|| Became a regular member of the Oldtime band
"Four Potatoes". This band has quite a reputation already and
is booked regularly.
||Phoenix decides to include a few Dobro Tunes into the program, so after 10 yrs. of abstinence I started back up with the Dobro.|
||Phoenix records their second CD, "Sketches
||"The Four Potatoes" record their first
CD. I've been playing in both bands now for many years, with the same band
members, and hope it stays that way.
|| Recorded my first solo CD, "Heart of Steel"
with 12 Dobro instrumentals, 9 of which are originals.
||Took a ten day trip to the States and visited
a few Dobro Workshops, Concerts, and met a lot of new friends and other
The Homepage goes online.
The Four Potatoes start to produce their second album.
||Four Potatoes release their second album.
|2007||From 9th to 14th of April 2007 I was a participant
at the Sore Fingers Summer School in Kingham UK.
This year they had Rob Ickes teaching the Dobro class. He is a brilliant teacher and I got a lot out of his lessons. Also met lots of fantastic musicians. It was a awesome week.
This year they had Sally van Meter teaching the dobro class. Was great again ! ! !
|2009||Al Ras Festival: www.myspace.com/festivalalras