American to Me
Looking Back: My first guitar was a Stella Acoustic with heavy black diamond strings on it. I paid eight dollars for it. I moved a 3 finger E cord up and down the neck until my fingers bled. I was eight years old. That was 1961. My father played violin and insisted I play rhythm to his melodies. We played tunes like 'The Sunny Side of the Street', 'All of Me'. I hated it. I wanted to be 'Duane Eddy 'or in the 'Ventures'. Dad use to lovingly wack me on the head with his bow and point to the guitar cords on the sheet music. Next I wanted to be 'Jimi Hendrix'. I would wear the album's out trying to copy him. I use to cover my amp up with blankets,then put a cardboard box over it so I could turn it up all the way to get sustain.Then I wanted to be 'Roy Buchanan' and 'Danny Gatton ' combined.(Still wouldn't mind that one!) Danny hot rodded a stratocaster for me when he had his guitar repair shop. Over-wound pickups,bass guitar frets, and a brass nut were the ticket.Everything I did was by ear. I thought the hard way was the easy way! The greatest music kept breaking and I eagerly pursued the hunt. I played music all over the US then called Ct. Home for a while. In my late twenties I graduated from 'The Hartford Conservatory of Music' and got deep into jazz. I was playing in a wedding band to help support my family and had 45 guitar students at a Music Store called 'Burnside Music' in East Hartford,Ct. I was miserable. Song writing was my Island. My inner voice. There have been countless acts over the years from agency orchestras,Tune Train(a theatrical children's stage show),sideman jobs, and too many acoustic and cover acts to mention.I now choose to listen to my inner voice exclusively and will be releasing my 30 year song catalog one CD at a time along with the constant new work I am completing. 'American to Me' is the first CD of my song writing with the exception of 'Ghost Riders In the Sky'. I heard Ghost Riders back when my big brother and I sharred a bed room with cowboy wallpaper and hung our cap guns on the bed post.The song gave me nightmares! I still love it to this day. I have performed throughout the United States and have been fortunate enough to share the stage with some of the early great groups. Last October I had the pleasure of opening for 'The DirtBand' at the Va. StateTheater. I prefer to look forward. I believe a musician is as good as the song he is playing. Music from some of the groups I have played with is featured on the automatic player of this website. To hear my new CD,'American to Me' hit the pause button on the player in the lower left corner and go to the music store section and pick a full length selection to sample. There is also a live video, recorded by a fan, of the 'American to Me' stage show in the Video section of the site. Enjoy. I will let my music speak for itself. Thank you for your interest, Gary.