I am a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. I play acoustic and electric guitar, flute, sax, six-string banjo, ukulele, and little mandolin.
For most of my adult life, I’ve made a living writing and teaching about residential renewable energy, green building, sustainable living, and self-sufficiency. Over the years, I’ve published 36 books on solar energy, green building, and sustainable living and well over 300 articles in magazines on similar topics.
To check out my books, click here.
Tired of sitting on my butt at my desk writing books for months on end, I retired from book writing and now spend all of my time on my feet working on our 60-acre farm or time strapped to a guitar performing or in my studio writing music and learning classics from country, rock, pop, and folk.
I started song writing in the early 1970s and have written close to 150 songs, in several genres, including rock, country, folk, folk-rock, jazz, and even a little classical music for flute. In 1999, I won first and second place in the jazz category in a national songwriting (Aaron) contest some years ago for two jazz tunes In 2000, I signed a ten-song contract with a New York City music publisher, Black Rose. Nothing ever came of that contract, but it sure felt good.
As a songwriter, my primary goal is to deliver fresh, memorable melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics about real life. I am big on topics few songwriters address – subjects that aren’t threadbare clichés. To check out my original songs, click here.
I often play at writer’s rounds and open mics in Nashville as well as several venues near my farm in east-central Missouri, performing “the best of the best” – songs by John Denver, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffet, the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Credence Clearwater Revival, Neal Diamond, Kris Kristoferson, Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Kenny Rogers, Jason Aldean, Midland, Jon Pardi, Luke Bryant and many more. To check out my schedule click here or to book a show, click here.