Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
For the most part, it all began in Augusta, Kansas, as a nine year old fan of the Monkees. I played the Ukulele (as a guitar) but really longed to own the blue, metallic drum set in the pawnshop window not far from where my dad worked. So I guess it should have come as no real surprise to me when my parents moved us out of Kansas, to Enid, Oklahoma where aspiring young musicians were prohibited from owning drums, of any kind.
The next major influence came when dad got us tickets to see Bob Wills in concert, Bob had a stroke, didn’t make the show and Ernest Tubb ended up filling in for him. As a not so thrilled 10 year old, I was not very impressed with Ernest, but I really got a kick out of his lead guitar player, “Billy Bird”. Before we were home, I was after my folks for a guitar, or at least a drum set.
The guitar was not long coming. As was the next one, and the next one and, well you get the idea.
I have passed through about a hundred different “musical periods” in my life. Rock and roll,(the Eagles, Journey, America, Kiss), folk (John Denver, Dan Fogelberg, Peter, Paul and Mary), gospel, (Dallas Holms, Andrea Crouch) and country (loads of different ones) not to mention being a fan of The Ventures, Glen Miller, Pete Fountain, and Benny Goodman.
This lack of direction in musical styles, seems to be the primary reason I was invited to become a member of the Walnut River String Band.
As a member of the Walnut River String Band, I’ve had the chance to make music that means more to me than any I’ve ever played, and had more fun doing than I ever would have imagined.
Hello Rex, I hope all is well for your family. We have been busy playing shows this inter. We just returned from Japan where we had a great time playing music for the troops at a festival.
Come see us when you can,Gary
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