Jersey kid gone west. First to Indiana, where I earned a degree in Music Business from DePauw University. Then to Portland, Oregon, where I have performed with over a dozen ensembles ranging from barbershop quartet to acoustic rock trio to electric jamband to symphony orchestra.
I was a founding member of Mystic Canyon. We gigged from Bend to Shelton for nearly ten years, and recorded an album called Across the Red Sandstone. We once had Bobby Kimball from Toto join us for an encore. Good times!
Since then, I have continued a profound and prolific musical partnership with Scott Hewitt, which now manifests in a band called The Slope, an acoustic-electric hybrid which features original songs and a pleasant mix of Beatles, Paul Simon and CSN. I play a modified drumset, which includes hand drums and a cajon. I also sing lead vocals on several of my own compositions as well as songs by Al Green, Bruce Hornsby, Eric Burdon and others.
I maintain a hard-working reputation by playing in several other bands. Ninja Hippie covers a variety of jam favorites, including Little Feat, Phish, Pink Floyd, Neil Young and The Meters. I get to play a wide variety of roles in this band, primarily percussion, but also trombone and harmonica, harmony and lead vocals.
I play drums in two other bands: Jerry Rig, with whom I recorded the soon-to-be-released album Half the Battle. And Cousin It, who recently had the honor of opening for Grand Funk Railroad. I have also recorded with Naomi Tatsuoka, who was featured on the 2015 season of American Idol. I played percussion on her 2014 EP Flight of the Dragon, as well as her July 4, 2015 appearance at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.
Most importantly, I am a devoted husband and father of three cats. Donna Lambe is my number one fan, my partner for life, and more than she’ll ever know, my inspiration.