Some of my earliest memories are screaming along to the jukebox in small town bars around South Dakota while my siblings and I shot pool and drank cokes. For a group of kids who had grown up on a ranch out on the rural route a rundown bar and a jukebox felt like the heaven everyone had been preaching about.
Even though I loved music it wasn't until I returned to South Dakota from Air Force Technical Training at 19 did I start playing guitar. I'd been hanging around waiting for my next military orders when I found myself in a little bit of trouble with the law, my problem? I simply had too much free time and too much money to spare.
I needed something to do with my hands so I ran out and bought a $100 Yamaha guitar. I started carrying that thing with me everywhere I went and after 6 months of banging on that box (without much success) I started stringing my own words into songs.
Over the next 10 years I completed a bachelors degree at South Dakota State University, studied abroad in Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico, and adventured across the map by every means of transportation imaginable. No matter where I went I felt like music was calling me, whispering to me that everything I was out there looking for was right there in those strings.
In the fall of 2018 I realized music was my calling and I knew that I had to pursue my passion. So, I returned to Puerto Escondido, Mexico, and for 6 months I isolated myself in a small beach house with the goal of becoming a professional musician by the time I returned to South Dakota the next summer.
I am now a multi-instrumentalist, a singer-songwriter, and a producer....I'm on the road to being the music man I set out to be and over the past year I've released two self-produced albums containing the songs that I've written along the way, telling the stories that are my life. I'm not going to give you some puffy ending about my influences and dreams, just know that music is my passion, it's what I'm doing everyday, and it's what I'm going to do until I find myself in the ground.