Atlanta musician - Keyboard player - Hammond B3 player - Vocalist - Composer - Songwriter - Studio musician - Studio production - Owner of Big Coffee Records
I have worked extensively in recording studios in Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC, Los Angeles, CA, Nashville, TN, London, England. Go to my Discography Page.
Keyboard style on the Grand piano, Hammond B3 organ, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer electric piano, many Synths and Samplers is well noted on recordings - Everything from a funky, bluesy, jazzy, southern rock style to what is needed for that particular recording - well rounded with touch and feel!
Recording sessions - two albums with Rock Legend Ted Nugent - Three albums, singles, videos, and touring with Southern Rock with 38 Special - Keys and background vocals with Atlanta's own Atlanta Rhythm Section - B3 and piano on two albums with Johnny Van Zant - B3 on two albums with Disco Rock legend Alicia Bridges - Live recording, videos, and touring with legendary Folk singer Joan Baez - as well five CDs, live recording, and touring with Atlanta Blues/Jazz Diva Francine Reed - many blues and rhythm and blues albums with Ichiban record label artists - and four albums, live recording, player with our Southern band Mose Jones. Along with many other artists, and years of studio work and touring.
As a touring musician, I've toured with many bands and artists around the world playing concerts, large festivals, television specials, VH1, MTV, celebrity charity events, corporate events, nightclubs, casinos, and the list goes on.
Background, Early Recording, and Touring
A preacher's son from Gainesville, Georgia, who sang all the Baptist hymns with great appreciation...traveling and recording with the "Rhodes Scholars", a high school & college band that recorded singles and backed up major R&B acts throughout the south. After a brief interruption with the U.S. Army, (Yes, I am a proud Veteran) serving with a Military Intelligence Group in Southeast Asia....starting a long career of recording, touring, & songwriting...MCA on Sounds of the South, produced by Al Kooper, and RCA Records and BGO, produced by Buddy Buie, Tad Bush, and Mose Jones, all released with Atlanta band "Mose Jones"...and many late night jams with Atlanta's best musicians when clubs didn't close until 4:00am.
Studio One in Atlanta...this studio produced hits for the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alicia Bridges, Paul Davis, .38 Special, & many more...producers & engineers such as Rodney Mills, Greg "Fern" Quesnel, Tad Bush, Brendon O'Brien, Steve Buckingham...Piedmont Park with Allman Brothers, Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom, Richards, The Great Southeast Music Hall, Carlos McGee's... eating at "Ma Hull's" house in Inman Park (every touring musician from Little Feat to James Taylor knew about that food).
Touring and opening for artists Frank Zappa, Little Feat, the Doobie Brothers, Santana, Mothers Finest, Boz Scaggs, ARS, Kiss, Bad Company, Wet Willie, Charlie Daniels, Iggy Pop, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rory Gallagher, Indigo Girls, Bon Jovi, Kiki Dee, Deon Warwick, Ted Nugent, Freddy King, and many others.
Artists, Musicians, and Bands I've worked with include
Ronnie Millsap, Johnny Christopher, Peaches & Herb, The Drifters, Mel & Tim, Billy Joe Royal, Ian Whitcomb, Rufus Thomas, Jimmy Ruffin, The Rhodes Scholars, The Jesters band Mose Jones, Out a Hand band, Randy Lewis, Jimmy O'Neill, Bryan Cole, Marvin Taylor, Chris Seymore, Al Kooper, Lowell George, IF, Dick Morrisey, Cliff Davies, Geoffrey Whitehorn Ted Nugent, Meat Loaf, 38 Special, Johnny Van Zant, Alicia Bridges, Crusados, Joan Baez, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Jackson BrownFrancine Reed, Ben E. King, the Shadows, Jimmy Dawkins, Trudy Lynn, Jerry McCain, Randall Bramblett, Davis Causey, T.K. Lively, Bob Babbitt, Rick Schlosser, Harry Dean Stanton David Wingo, John Michael Montgomery, Montgomery-Gentry, John Berry, Tracy Bird, Paul Barrere, Kenny Gradney, Paul Williams, Bertie Higgins, Steve Cropper Java Monkey, Band X, Jeff Carlisi, Don Barnes, Jack Blades, Chuck Leavell, Wally Palmar, Lou Gramm, Mike Reno, Robin Zander, Ed Roland, Paul Rodgers, Rick Springfield, Mickey Thomas.
The Rhodes Scholars
Hometown Gainesville, GA. band during high school and college - We traveled around the Southeast playing beach music and dance music for nightclubs, college parties and events, private parties and events, and concert shows - also we played with and backed up artists like the Drifters, Peaches and Herb, Rufus Thomas, Jimmy Ruffin and many others.
US Army Days
Drafted out of college and sent to Southeast Asia - stationed in Saigon Vietnam with 525th Military Intelligence Unit. I'm proud to call myself a veteran and very proud that I served my country, ending my commitment in the Army with an honorable discharge as a Specialist 5.
I joined and recorded the Southern Rock band Mose Jones. We were signed to MCA / Sounds of the South Records and produced and managed by musician legend Al Kooper - we toured the US playing concerts, rock clubs, events, and music festivals. We recorded two albums: "Get Right" and "Mose Knows"
We re-formed Mose Jones in 1978 - we composed and recorded songs, and along with Tad Bush and Buddy Buie, we produced and recorded two albums for RCA / BGO Records. The "Blackbird" album was released in 1978. Our second album was never released by RCA - but in 2013 we released our Mose Jones "Lost/Found" CD, which can be found on Big Coffee Records.
BMI Song Writer
As a BMI songwriter and composer, I have been actively writing songs and composing music since my early teens. My songs have been recorded & performed by many including: "Mose Jones", "IF", "Atlanta Rhythm Section", "Java Monkey", the TV show "Just the 10 of Us", and European releases by a couple of German groups. My instrumental compositions used to be heard on "Delta Airlines" boarding music list.
Currently I'm writing smooth jazz, contemporary jazz flavored R&B, club or house music, and music with a pop sound - as well as New Age "healing and relaxing" music. These are projects that are forthcoming and to be released on my independent record label Big Coffee Records!
Top 40 Song - Alien
I co-wrote the Top 40 song "Alien", (with Buddy Buie and Randy Lewis) - the song was originally recorded by Mose Jones for our 2nd RCA album but never released. But later that year, Alien was recorded by the Atlanta Rhythm Section for their Quinella album. I also played keys and provided back-ground vocals along with Ronnie Hammond on the recording. "Alien" was re-recorded and released on their later CD / Album entitled "Partly Plugged".