About Me
I was raised in Bradley, Arkansas, a place I describe as 40 miles below Hope. Hope, Arkansas that is, in the southwest part of the state. Nearly every time I mention Bradley, someone will say "aha, Bradley tomatoes!" I always correct them with, "You're thinking of Bradley County." Bradley, the town, is mostly known as the final resting place of Arkansas' first Governor James Sevier Conway. Other than that, Bradley isn't notable for anything save an occasional state title in baseball or basketball. I played all sports at Bradley, including football. The football program was abandoned in the early nineties due to a lack of participation.

Employment opportunity in Bradley is slim. You can work in the box plant at International Paper in Springhill, Louisiana. Or perhaps cut pulpwood or logs to feed the mill. Or drive 40 miles to Hope to work at Tyson Foods. I remember when Bradley still had an appliance store that sold TVs and stereos and also two or three restaurants. Now there's only the car wash and a feed store. In my 18 years there I worked the following jobs:

  • Grocery Clerk
  • Manual Weed Extractor (Chopping Cotton)
  • Board Road Construction
  • Construction Labor
  • Farm Hand
  • Hay Baling Help
  • Crop Duster Flagger
  • Off-shore oil rig construction

I remember forests that are now eroding lots where nothing grows but fire ant mounds. Of all the awards I won for sports and academics from elementary through high school, this trophy for tree identification is the only one I still have. To this day I still know most of the Latin names for trees in Lafayette County. After high school I did what I felt I had to do, I went away to college.

I played football in college at Ouachita Baptist University where I was a four year lettermen. I played quarterback in high school but was switched to tight end my freshmen year at OBU. College was like high school for me except you were expected to pay criminally high prices for the books. The best thing about OBU was that I met the incredible woman I was destined to marry there.(You'll be hearing from her on this site soon.) The two other things I learned in college were the leech block and how to play bass. I somehow graduated without a single course in economics, physics or a foreign language.

While in college my brother and I started a band called ho-hum. We've since performed in over 40 states and three countries and have released 10 albums. Our third album, Local, was released internationally by Universal Music and got us noticed in a few places. We quickly learned that the corporate music business was not for us and eventually started our own label, Playadel.

We toured constantly from 1993 to 2000 and had to work odd jobs in between tours. My job history and living situations as a professional musician from Arkansas are bizarre enough to deserve a full book If anyone doubts the hard work involved in being in a touring band, I'll give you the sermon first hand if you ask. Here is a list of jobs I took on to supplement my income over the years:

Waiter (in at least 15 different restaurants)
Delivery Driver
Mail room clerk (Rose Law Firm)
Dance Lesson Telemarketer
Warehouse Staff
Retail Clerk
Voice talent (commercials)
Restoration Carpenter
Six Flags Security Guard
Silk Screen Artist
Grant Writer
Web Site Developer

My time spent touring and depending on the kindness of strangers taught me more than I ever learned in school but I was glad to see it lessen after 2000. I opened my record store, Anthro-Pop in September 2001 right before the birth of my first child. Ten days after my daughter was born the September 11 attacks occurred. I was in the permit office at city hall when the twin towers fell. Welcome to the new America baby.
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