My story: “I have been playing seriously, recording and performing since I became a man at 22 or so. My music family roped me into music at an early age.”
Grandpa and Dad were in touring, recording on nationally broad-casted projects ever since I could remember They would take me to shows get me up there and we would get the crowd roaring! It’s a funny thing to give a child of 9 the power to rock a stage and then take that same attitude to school. They had me singing Willie Nelson – On the Road Again, John Anderson Swinging before I ever kissed a girl. Coincidentally, that first summer I became a part of the show; I did find the apple of my eye, put some miles under my feet and developed some rockstar-esque social antics in class and the playground. Pre-emptively my parents quickly moved me to the country – it proved to be good for my values + schooling.
I suppose you never know how something like that affects you as a person – that is until you leave an engineering degree, abandon a life of hard academic work to sooth a craving you couldn’t quite place for a decade or so. Trust me, I have no regrets about where I ended up – just wish I knew how potent the music bug is when the blood runs thick – could have made myself a music nerd instead of a computer one. Now the mission is renewed with the passing of Grandpa Bill Hersche passing to cancer and I have had a tribute guitar made up in his honor. Aptly labeled “Inspire the Young” – Carmen (guitar name) is a reminder of that life that was given/inspired within me and a vow I have made to do the same and eventually get her, Carmen – and my Grandpas memory into a hall of fame – somewhere – for another generation to see. They were the best entertainers around in those days!
I suppose I am still that kid chasing that next rush – to give them something they never seen before. For that I just want to say thanks to my family, fans, friends new and old; who told me it was ok to go down this road, alone – into the unknown.”