TEN: Starting in 2013, each Friday, Innocent Words started shining the spotlight directly on up and coming artists/bands with 10 questions we like to call IW10.
Original Hometown – St. Louis, MO; Professional current and former residence – Dallas, TX; current residence – Jemez Springs, NM
Instruments you play:
guitar, harmonica, vocal cords
Short Bio (in your own words):
I was born at an advanced age, always a bit older than my years. Born in the city but always felt like a country boy stuck in the city. Discovered songs on the radio at the end of grade school; have always been musically inclined, playing violin in the elementary school orchestra and the snare drum in the band at the same time. Wanted to sing for audiences since high school, but like my guitar and harmonica skills, am mostly self-taught. In school I liked science, math, music, and girls…I still do! In my first year of college, I walked to a music store two miles from my dorm to buy an instrument (any instrument) I could start playing so that in the near future I would be good at it since I would have started in my youth to do so. I came back with an air-flyer Key C Hohner harmonica. The year after graduating medical school, I said “someday I want to learn to play guitar”…then realized today could be someday and bought a cheap electric guitar, small amp, and two Ernie Ball lesson books. Five years later I wrote my first song unexpectedly, and they just keep coming. six more years later I consciously decided I wanted to play and sing outside my living room so I did what any good Physician-Musician would do…I went to the library and checked out a book called “Singing for a Living” to learn how to do so. (Later I would seek out the author in LA as a vocal coach.) Three of four years later, I recorded my first album. Five more years later, the “Mission” part joined the Physician-Musician part to become a “Physician-Musician on a Mission.” Speaking and Singing for Your Health, Happiness, and Hope with Music to Entertain, Educate, and Enlighten! And still doing so to this day. My musical genre has evolved into something I call “Rockspirational” (a little rock, a little country, a little blues and just enough inspirational content to spice up the musical offering!).
What is your funniest or worst tour experience?
In Memphis, I was very excited to play a show on Beale Street during the Memphis in May Blues Festival…only my Memphis based guitar player confused sending out Facebook invites with people committing to showing up. Needless to say the few people in the room got a lot of attention…and a lot of food! However, passers-by who stopped in paid me great compliment by saying what they were hearing from me and my band The Tennessee Texans that night was some of the best music they had heard in Memphis in years. We had just closed the show with “Whole Lotta Shakin” by “The Killer” who happened to be playing the festival that year.
What THREE things are a must have when you go on tour or play a show?
My dogs Wilbur and Mordy on the road with me in my Born-Free RV; staying healthy, strong, positive, and in tip-top vocal condition; my voice is my main instrument and the most purposeful tool of my profession.
What was the first record you ever purchased?
‘Elvis’ from the TV (a double-album of his greatest hits) in fourth grade. ‘REO 2’ by REO Speedwagon and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘(Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd)’ when I got my first stereo three years later in seventh grade (I’m dating myself).
If you had to record an EP of covers, which FIVE songs/artist would make the cut?
“American Pie” by Don McLean
“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
“Everybody’s Talkin” by Harry Nillson (Written by Fred Neil)
“Can’t Get Enough” by Bad Company
“In Your Wildest Dreams” by The Moody Blues
What’s your preferred music format – vinyl, CD, digital, cassette – and why?
Always most liked playing Vinyl once to record onto a 90-minute home recorded cassette (could put down 2 albums that way) to take with me in the car, Walkman, etc. I am the only person I know (or have ever heard of) who still plays the same cassettes I have played always in my vehicles and in modern day portable cassette players (even in the gym to this day).
Where can fans hear your music?
My new album ‘Brand New Road’ will be released June 29. You can find more information here –