How long in Key West and Irish Kevin’s? I moved to Key West in March of 2010 from St. Louis, MO and immediately started to perform full time. I spent my first 3 years performing at another well known bar on Duval, then I joined the Irish Kevin’s family in June of 2013
Start to music? Inspriations? I started playing music at age 13 after my father bought me a guitar for my birthday. I took lessons for about 2 years, then self-taught after that. All of my original inspiration came from loud high-energy punk rock bands that I would see live back in St Louis. I’d like to say that music kept me out of trouble, but that would be a lie!
First job? Ever fired? I was hired at McDonalds at age 15. It was pretty fun actually-I was able to get 4 of my punk rock buddies hired as well. We would “accidentally acquire” cases of happy meal toys and give them away as gifts to anyone that came to watch our band perform. Never got fired, even though I probably should have!!
Best story while playing at Irish Kevin’s? Oh boy. There was once a group of military guys from The Wounded Warrior Project hanging at the bar. One gentleman in particular had a prosthetic leg, and he wanted to come up onstage with us. Wanting to recognize our military heroes, I happily obliged. Well, before I know it, he literally TAKES OFF his prosthetic leg, fills it up with beer, and hands it to me to drink out of it! I didn’t exactly know what to do at first…but who would say no to that?! It tasted a little salty, but was awesome at the same time..
Does your guitar have a name? The Gibson that I play on a regular basis has had many names, but lately I’ve just been referring to it as “Ol’ Faithful”
Drink of choice? I perform regularly at this awesome Irish bar, so obviously… Jameson!
Fun fact about yourself: I’m a HUGE Star Wars and a comic book fan. I may seem like a rock star while I’m onstage, but people seem to be surprised that I’m a pretty big dork at heart
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