Q: What was the first tune(s) you learned?
A: "25 or 6 to 4" by Chicago.
Q: Is your family musical?
A: Yes, Family reunions were always small music festivals. All of my Uncles played guitar and/or piano. My grandma played piano in Church for 50 years. Everyone sang and most of my cousins play as well.
Q: Which famous musicians do you admire?
A: Kris Kristofferson: he is, in my opinion the best songwriter ever. He can say in 3 minutes what most cant say in a lifetime. Bob Segar: Great energy straight forward rock n roll. Johnny Winter: My older cousin gave me the album "Johnny Winter And Live" . it was the first album I ever owned. Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad: Incredible songwriter, singer, guitarist... and one of the most "real" people I've ever met.
Q: Which famous musicians have you learned from?
A: The same ones I mentioned in answer 6
Q: Who was your first teacher? Other teachers?
A: I never had a teacher per-say. Mostly self taught but have picked the brain of almost every musician I have had the opportunity to play with over the years. Rob Tyner of the MC5 did give me pointers on vocal applications and Taz Digregorio on keyboards.