I was born in New Orleans and moved to San Francisco, growing up on the peninsula. I came up through the early Folk Music scene, first in the duo "Orpheus' Children" with Eilleen Gammill, playing gigs with Pig Pen McKernen (Grateful Dead) at the Off Stage in San Jose and solo gigs at coffeehouses like Coffee and Confusion and The Coffee Gallery in North Beach; and later playing with "The South Gate Singers". I helped organize the 1964 College of San Mateo Folk Festival where we shared the stage with Jerry Garcia & "The Black Mountain String Band", and "The Liberty Hill Aristocrates," with Peter Albin (pre Big Brother and the Holding Co.); and Jessie "Lone Cat" Fuller, who wrote San Francisco Bay Blues.
I was a founding member and songwriter for "The Wildflower", one of the original psychedelic 60's bands, and co-wrote songs with poets, Michael McClure and Michael McCausland. We played The Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City in the the days before they (the Family Dog) opened the Avalon Ballroom. Our band played opening night at the Avalon with "The Grateful Dead" and Michael McClure in a benefit for The Straight Theater, which we also opened with The Dead, and later played with "Big Brother and the Holding Company". "The Wildflower" appeared in the first show Bill Graham ever produced at The Fillmore Auditorium in 1966. It was called The Peace Rock and featured "The Jefferson Airplane," "Country Joe and the Fish," "The Sopwith Camel," "Quicksilver Messenger Service," "The Grateful Dead", and us. Later we played with "The Birds" at the Fillmore and "The Youngbloods" at the Mountain Theater and toured Canada with them after a Wildflower solo tour back East.
I was a founding member of "The Keepers" (thekeepers.net). The Keepers also played The Red Dog Saloon, recording a live CD there called "Disturbing The Peace". We played venues all over Marin County including the Sausalito Millennium Party and The Sweetwater where we released our CD, "Are You Ready In There" engineered by Stephen Hart at Fantasy Studios. I produced the third CD "Late Rain" which I engineered, mixed and mastered as well.
I recently co-produced, engineered, mixed and mastered Andy Padlo's self-titled CD (andypadlo.com) and have been playing rhythm guitar and harmony vocals with him at venues including the Hotel Utah.
My latest CD is based around a core band (The Phogues: Austin De Lone on keyboards, Felix Bannon on guitar/bass, Jim Mirkovich on drums, and myself on rhythm guitar and bass) with visits by Kenney Blacklock renowed bluegrass fiddle player, Adam Tobin and Robert South on keyboards, Mark Collins, Tom Ellis and Alex Nash on drums, John Brite on guitar, Andy Padlo on string synth, and Elysia Strauss on tenor sax.
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