Thanks to all who have helped make my return to music such an incredible and rewarding journey! It is amazing to think that my somewhat "whimsical" decision to give music a try once again has become such a centerpiece of my life as a 50+ year-old professional adult. While sometimes during the "off season" I'm given to the thoughts of returning to the corporate workplace, it only takes a moment as a performer, or hearing a new song on the radio, to inspire me to press on. I sincerely thank all who have been a part of this chapter in my life, and for the hundreds who have written me, purchased my music, followed me on Facebook or Twitter, or come out to hear me play.
Historical Perspectives: I grew up in Georgia and was raised by two loving parents. My folks divorced when I was young but both played a key role in my upbringing, as did my grandparents on my mom's side. The Davidson and Fulcher families were both musically inclined, but it was my mom who provided my greatest inspiration and support. "Mamma-J" was my biggest fan, and was the one who, in 1968, took me to Augusta and bought me my first acoustic guitar, which I still own and play today!
Whether here in the SC lowcountry with my dad, or in Waynesboro with my mom, I began making music with an acoustic guitar at the age of 12. I formed my first rock and roll band ("The Five Transistors") when I was 13. Once I got to Georgia Southern University in 1972 and began hanging out with some of the great "pickers" from this part of the country, I really began to blossom. At that time, the country was recovering from the war in Vietnam and music seemed to tell those stories. It also gave kids a place to go when we wanted to have some fun, or when the "problems" of our time drove us to indulge in rebellious behavior.
I remember The Allman Brothers Band, ZZ Top, Led Zepplin, Lynard Skynyrd, Jethro Tull, The Eagles, The Moody Blues, and others. And of course, there was Cat Stevens - an artist whose music I found myself able to sing in a hauntingly similar way. I remember seeing a Cat Stevens concert one night in Atlanta and thinking, "WOW, it would be great to be able to do that!" I was forever "moved" by the music of my college years and have, even to this day, continued to focus much of my writing and creative attention on the "stories" of my youth.
Following college, I played music for a while, until my dad convinced me that I needed a to get a "real job". One thing led to another and, before long, I was working in the technology business as a salesman, living in Birmingham, AL.
Today, my music is a collection of my own original music, classic folk and country rock selections, a big dose of Jimmy Buffett, and some modern-day country classics from the likes of Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and many others. My material seems to appeal to people of all agaes and, with what I've learned about technology,. and how to use it to improve the quality and delivery of my show, I think I've re-discovered (and re-gained) my own unique "niche".
In fact, when people hear me play today, their reaction is something like "geee, I thought I was hearing a full band play !"
That type of feedback confirms that I've come a LONG way toward accomplishing one of my original goals when I decided to "dust off my guitar" once again. That was to deliver the BEST and highest quality entertainment I could provide, while also integrating new and innovative technologies in a way that allowed me to differentiate myself, while focusing on the "art" of making music.