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For the last 20+ years I’ve written songs for my band The Big Wu. I get to write material that is condusive to loud guitars, blues hollerin’, and dancing. The current version of the Big Wu is suited for tunes that are equal parts Meters and Floyd, which is an exciting mix for a songwriter like myself. But my latest songs are folk songs, in nature. This is my authentic self; drednaughts, fiddles, three part harmonies. It’s built on the timeless joys and lamentations of our precarious worlds.
I am grateful for my musical teachers (whether they know it or not): Hunter/Garcia, Muddy Waters, George Harrison, Paul Simon, Duke Ellington, Jim Croce, Irving Berlin, Merle Haggard, Gram Parsons, John Hartford, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, Lorenz Hart, Yip Harburg, The Everly Bros., Pink Floyd, Robert Johnson, Paul Williams, Bob Marley, Buck Owens, Jimi, John Prine, Randy Newman, Tribe, Cat Stevens, Leadbelly, Sam Bush, Gregory Porter, JJ Cale, Mark Knopfler, Harry Nilsson, Freddy King, Glen Campbell, Lonnie Johnson, Peter Rowan, Dan Penn, U2, Gordon Lightfoot, Willie Dixon, Emmylou Harris, Tim O’Brien, Willie Nelson, Rakim, Donny Hathaway, Bob Dylan, Rodney Crowell, Carol King, Neil Young, Prince, Dominic Castino, Dean Magraw, Nicholas Mrozinski, JT Bates, Ben Kaufmann, Jeff Austin, Benny Galloway, Dave Simonett, JT Bates, Charlie Parr, Brian Gallagher, Casey O’Brien, Jim Anton, Martin Zellar, and Jon Herchert.
…and more to come, I’m certain.