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About me

Industry Arts
Occupation Educator/Musician
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Introduction I grew up in a musical family, my mom sang old standards, grandpa played mouth organ...I have loved music for as long as i can remember, especially its capacity to move mountains and bridge great expanses where nothing else works! It has always been my dream to be a troubadour. I love the itinerant way of life, seeing the country, staying with great folks, performing and teaching all over creation. I consider this to be nothing less than a blessing! While i live for the road, don't be fooled, it is only because i have some deep roots with my family, friends, and community here in Milwaukee & Sheboygan, WI (the two places where i reside the most!)
Interests Ukulele, American Labor History, The Harmonica in Old Time Music, Health & Fitness, Reading, Walking, Hiking, Touring the Country, Good Humor & The roots and branches of American Popular music!
Favorite Movies Cinderella Man, Dances With Wolves, The Wrestler, The Rocket Boys, Saving Private Ryan, Philadelphia, Avatar, Defiance
Favorite Music Louis Armstrong, Robert Johnson, Lil Green, Memphis Jug Band, Deford Bailey, Woody Guthrie, Cliff Edwards, Johnny Marvin, Wendell Hall, Roy Smeck, Cisco Houston, Dan Gellart, Bruce Molsky, James Hill, Bruce Springsteen, T-Bone Walker, Lonnie Johnson and a million other blues singers! Other notables include Nick Lucas, Josh White, Banjo Ikey Robinson, Stephen Wade, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.
Favorite Books Call it Sleep, Triangle, Jews Without Money, Tough Jews, The Bialsky Brothers, Leaves of Grass, Spoon River, David Ewen's All the years of American Popular Music and dozens of others!