611 E. Hoffman
Spokane, Wa 99207
See my Youtube Performance Videos: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=fdspokane
See my Youtube Mississippi Journey Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/MississippiJourney
Singer/Songwriter & Guitar Player - Blues, Folk, Country, Pop, Gospel, Original
Guitars: 6 String, 12 String, Bottleneck Steel Guitar, Guitar Banjo, Electric
MUSIC BACKGROUND & FOLK MUSIC RESEARCH:
1945 - Born Manhattan, New York. Father was a college professor/saxophone player
Mother - piano player.
1955-57 - Drummer Portland Sabres
Drum & Bugle Corps
1959-63 - Drummer Miscellaneous garage & high school
1963 - Drummer U.S. Naval
1963-65 - Drummer U.S. Naval
Played in 2 Mardi Gras & Mummers Parades -
was stationed in
I had been a drummer since I was a boy, and this music inspired me to learn to learn guitar in my twenties. My first guitar was a cheap classical guitar my Mother gave me which she had bought for a Summer Music Camp for teachers and decided she was never going to really play. I learned on that, and then bought a 12 String Takamine steel string guitar, because I couldn't make the chords on a skinny 6 string. Later I took 6 strings off the 12 string guitar to get a bluesier sound, and finally bought a Takamine 6 string guitar. A friend of mine who was an instrument maker found an old guitar in a dump and made it into a bottleneck guitar for me, with an action so high I could put my fingers under the strings on any fret.
I have done research on the origin and meaning of American Folkblues songs for over 25 years.
Conducted field recordings of folk performers in the Pacific Northwest.
Studied in-depth the guitar styles and lives of Mississippi John Hurt; Mance Lipscomb; Lightning Hopkins, Fred McDowell. Biography of Mississippi John Hurt in progress.
Field research on Mississippi John Hurt, July 2006, interviews with relatives, and family members. Played at his Blues and Gospel Festival in Avalon, MS and produced a DVD of my journey.
The Cornerstone Coffeehouse - WSU
The Coffee Tree -
The Donkey Jaw -
Cafe Libre -
The Tin Ear -
Saturday Night at Grandma's Cafe - Bonners Ferry, ID
Red Lion Tavern -
The Hydra -
Jimmy D's Wine Cellar -
Community Coffeehouse -
Flowery Trail Coffeehouse -
Auntie’s Bookstore Concerts – Spokane, WA
Mother Goose Progressive Coffeehouse -
1974 Folklife Performer -
Day Festivals -
Spokane Folklore Society Concerts – 1971 – Present Spokane, Wa
Spangle American Music festival – 2000-04
Mississippi John Hurt Blues & Gospel Festival 2006 Avalon, MS
Rathrum Id Daze July 2008
Spirit Lake ID Music Festival 2008
Pig Out in The Park 2009
Seattle Folklife Festival 2010 – Mississippi John Hurt Guitar Workshop
CO-FOUNDER: Spokane Songwriters Association
Finger-style Folk/Blues private instructor - 30 years
Folk Guitar Teacher - WSU Pullman Community Free University - 2 years
Folk Guitar Teacher - Spokane Free University
Author - "American Folkblues Guitar Style" - Instruction Book
Instructor - Spokane Parks & Recreation Dept – 23 years
"The Early Bluesmen", "Heroes of the Blues", "How to play Country-Blues Acoustic Guitar",
"Fingerstyle Folk Guitar", "Honky Tonk Guitar", "Robert Johnson - Blues Phantom", “Mississippi John Hurt”.
Spokane Falls CC Extended Learning Center – Folk, Blues, Country Guitar Classes
Instructor - Country Blues Guitar Workshops, Mississippi John Hurt Guitar Workshops.
Producer: "The Backwater Blues Show" - KPBX FM 91.1 Spokane Public Radio
National Public Radio Affiliate - 1981 to 1988
"The Backwater Pond" - a monthly live music special
"The Early Bluesman Series" - featuring the greats of country blues
“Mississippi John Hurt” NPR Special 2007 in Production
Interviews/Specials with Elizabeth Cotten, Dave Van Ronk, John Fahey; many others
Wrote a blues column for the Victory Review; a Seattle/Tacoma area Folk Magazine, 1988 - 90. Column was entitled "Backwater Blues - News from the Backwater Country".
“My Decades Long Journey to the Home of Mississippi John Hurt” E-Book
RESIDENT MUSICIAN - The Spokane Marketplace
WEBMASTER – Mississippi John Hurt Museum www.msjohnhurtmuseum.com