Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ironwood Rain debut CD "TRIO" now available!

TRIO, the debut CD from my band Ironwood Rain, is now available!
The CD features 9 original acoustic rock songs, as well as two unusual classic cover tunes.
Visit the Ironwood Rain store for CDs, t-shirts, souvenir posters and more to come.
You can listen to Ironwood Rain on Reverb Nation.
Visit the website for more information.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ironwood Rain video "Until the End of Time" is now on YouTube

The video for "Until the End of Time" [from our soon-to-be-released CD Trio] is now on YouTube!

Special thanks to Gusty and the guys at MohrFire Studios, and SWaT Productions for an excellent video production. Also thanks to the The D-Note, the Buffalo Rose, and the Laughing Goat for letting us film the live shots. Check it out now:
Or go to YouTube and search for "Ironwood Rain". There you will see an interview video as well.

The tentative date for the official Trio CD release party is November 20 at the D-Note. The CDs should be available for sale by then. Stay tuned for more updates.

The whole experience - from putting the music together, to recording the CD, to playing live, to making the video - has exceeded my expectations.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


• 40 years experience studying, composing, arranging and performing music.
• 25 years experience teaching music: all styles, including rock, jazz, classical, and various genres of folk.

Through many years of being an instructor at schools, music stores, studios, and privately, I have learned that teaching is an art form, and that each student has unique strengths, needs and desires to be fulfilled.

• Began studying formal theory and classical fingerstyle with Ron Herdt at age 8.
6 years jazz, classical, folk, rock, and contemporary guitar with Gordon Close.
7 years classical and jazz theory and harmony with Bill Alexander.
4 years jazz guitar technique, theory, and harmony with Dale Bruning.
4 years Dixieland and ragtime tenor banjo with Herman Hoffschulte.
• Big band jazz, blues, Dixieland, and orchestra from age 10 to 18, traveling extensively throughout Colorado.
• Performed at Disneyland at age 13.
• Performed at the Presidential Inaugural Parade at age 17.
• Playing regular professional gigs by age 13.
• Performed for crowds of up to 10,000 people.

Over the years, I have performed and recorded in a variety of groups and styles, including:

Ironwood Rain – (Guitar, vocals)
Contemporary acoustic originals and covers.

Pyrates of the Coast – (Guitar, vocals, character actor)
Piratical entertainment, music and musical theater.

– (Guitar, vocals)
A Seattle-based Celtic/rock band.

Riff Rats – (Guitar, vocals)
Classic rock covers and originals.

Radio Flyer – (Guitar, vocals)
All original progressive Rock.
The band performed with keyboard legend Patrick Moraz at the Music From the Heart benefit concert in 1992.

Tightrope – (guitar, vocals)
Acoustic folk, classic rock, and country covers.

Mr. E – (Guitar, vocals)
Classic rock covers and originals.

Voyager – (Guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals)
Original hard rock/progressive rock band.
The original piece ‘Silver Lake’ won Honorable Mention in the 1984 Colorado Composer’s Classic.

Stiffwater – (Guitar, vocals, keyboards)
Original rock music.
The original song ‘Fool’ was featured on the KPKE "Colorado Rocks" album and subsequent "Earth Tour" concert tour, including performances at the Ogden Theater and the Boulder Theater.

Sidewinder – (Guitar)
Blues and rock covers. The forerunner to the legendary Stiffwater.

Men of Note – (Lead vocal)
A barbershop quartet.

Denver Mountainaires – (Lead vocal section)
a 40+ member barbershop chorus.

Sarsaparilla Street Jazz Band – (Tenor Banjo)
Dixieland/jazz/ragtime classics


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