Let's get the most frequent questions out of the way first. Butch is my father, Derek and Duane are my cousins, Toni is my third cousin, and Virgil is my grandfather's first cousin. And yes, that's me on the cover of Brothers and Sisters.
I've had the honor to play with some really great musicians over the years. Excluding my direct relations, I have made music with Bryan Beller, Bonnie and Bekka Bramlett, Kofi Burbridge, Cody Dickinson, Luther Dickinson, Bill Evans, The Grapes, Jimmy Hall, Col. Bruce Hampton, Mike Keneally, Edwin McCain, Rick Musallam, Jack Pearson, John Popper, Artimus Pyle, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Stephen Stills, and Denny Walley, among others, and have taken lessons from Pat Martino, Bill Harkleroad, and Dweezil Zappa.
I started The Yeti Trio in 1998 with Eric Sanders and Brooks Smith, and to date it is the project in which I take the greatest pride. We are an instrumental fusion / progressive trio, and we draw much influence from the early days of fusion, especially Tony Williams Lifetime and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, as well as the heavier prog bands like King Crimson and Rush. The music of The Yeti Trio has undergone an evolution from completely improvisational to tighter and more arranged compositions. And although, due to conflicting schedules, The Yeti Trio has not been able to tour widely in recent years, we play the Southeast as often as possible with an annual set at the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida.
I first played professionally with Butch at the 2015 Wanee Festival as part of Butch Trucks and Very Special Friends, along with Marc Quinones, Oteil Burbridge, Dave Yoke, Brue Katz, and Lamar Williams, Jr. It was a thrill for me to then go on be one of the founding members of Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, along with Bruce Katz and Berry Duane Oakley, and later adding Damon Fowler, Heather Gillis, Garrett Dawson, and Matt Walker. This band was something unique: a multi-generational band composed entirely of stellar musicians, each one a bandleader of their own successful projects. I'm proud of the time I spent with this band.
Roots Rock Revival is the most inspiring musical event I've ever been a part of. Since 2015 I have been one of the instructors at this annual music camp held in the Catskills. The thing that makes this music camp different from other music camps is that Roots Rock Revival teaches you the things you can't learn from traditional lessons. We teach you how to listen, how to be part of a band, what to expect when you're writing, recording, or touring, and every student gets the opportunity to make music with some of the best musicians alive.
Bonobos Convergence started as an organ / drum duo featuring two former members of the Orlando-based jamband Kynda; Pete Orenstein and Frank Registrato. After moving to the Atlanta area, they advertised on Craig's List for a bassist and I answered hoping to add both bass and guitar. I'm very grateful for the fact that they hired me and we were able to work as a trio for nearly a decade. Both Pete and Frank are amazing musicians, and getting to add some 70's progressive chops to the jam band scene was both a challenge and a ton of fun.