I was born in Las Cruces, NM and moved to the Texas Panhandle at age 13. I started playing bass guitar at age 9 and did my first recording session at age 12. That is almost 27 years of frothy, thumping goodness…WOW. I moved to Houston several years ago and I love it here.
I am a bass player. I prefer to consider myself an “extended range bassist”and by this I mean a bass player that extends his sonic palette to include octave ranges not normally accessible to my field. This requires more strings. I have chosen to use the NS/STICK, created by Emmett Chapman and Ned Stienberger to facilitate this. It is a wondermous instrument…and I have grown quite fond of it. In fact, as of right now I play it exclusively.
Currently I play in Six Minute Century on Nightmare Records and also in Well Of Souls on Brainticket Records. 2012 saw the release of “Sorrow My Name” from Well Of Souls which was the first album featuring me on the NS/STICK. Six Minute Century released “Wasting Time” in October of 2013. Steve Bundrick has finished the drums on half of my solo project “Velvet Shades of Moist” but I suspect that this one will not see daylight until 2015.
Robert Lowe from Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus and I are working on “GATHERED IN DARKNESS” which is a concept album that I am composing. We hit the studio on this in March of 2014.
I played two tracks on the Eumeria “Rebel Mind” album that released in early 2011. You can hear my bass lines on the tracks “Legion” and “The Key.” Also in 2011 I had the honor of filling in on bass for Helstar during a show in Corpus Christi, Tx.
Prior to SMC and WOS, I have played in many bands including the eighties rockers Axe who I played the 2008 Rocklahoma main stage with. In 1998 I was the bassist for that season of TEXAS: The Musical Drama in Palo Duro Canyon. I have done recording and live work with many bands including: Empire of the Mind, Mike Pritchard’s Blue Thunder and the Lightning Horns, Wolfeblitzer, Iron Mayhem, Strange Love, Abby Hutchison…etc, etc. Heck, I even played for the gospel group, The Imperials, during a three day performance of Handal’s Young Messiah….trippy.
I have shared the stage with such names as Fates Warning, Epica, Great White, Queensryche, Tesla, Zebra, Ace Frehley, Steelheart, Rick Emmet from Triumph, Accept, Leperous, Tracy Byrd, and a bunch of other folks..hahaha.
After playing at Prog Power XI in 2010, Stick Enterprises, the maker of the Chapman Stick and the NS/STICK, added me to their player gallery on the stick.com website. This is so cool…I am one line down from Tony Levin…how fucking crazy is that shit. WOW. Here is the link to that: http://www.stick.com/artists/playersgallery/
I am married to Lori Millsap and she kicks much ass. In fact, sometimes she kicks my ass. Other times, it is other asses. But mostly, she just kicks ass in general and I like her that way. You will too…or she will kick YOUR ass. Also, In addition to my daughter Kaydance and my step-daughter Savannah, I now have a son named Merlin. He kicks ass too.