I got off to a late start with my musical playing pursuits.
I grew up in a house that had constant music playing thanks to my Mother.
If the radio wasn't on, then there was a stack of LP's on the turntable.
Her favourites were Frank Ifield & the other top radio stars of the day, plus the American country greats like Hank Snow, Hank Locklin, Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves & Charlie Pride, to name a few.
I didn't know it at the time, but I was absorbing all those sliding sounds played by the famous backing musicians for those, & other stars.
One day I heard Rob E G (Robert George Porter) on the radio, & that was it, I had to have a guitar & try & emulate what he was doing. I'm still trying!
At age 20, I bought my first cheap acoustic guitar & managed to learn some chords, & during the next 25 years, basically played for my own amusement, with friends & at the occasional party here & there.
A couple of years prior to joining BSGC, I inherited an early Dobro brand resonator guitar.
As I had always loved their sound, I decided that I should learn how to play it, but how & where.
I had an "in", Mum had long time friends Winston & Maureen Black, who she knew from the country music club scene.
When I asked Winston at a Steel Guitar Festival to teach me to play, he said: "Sure, come back when you can play a tune."
A year later at the next festival, & after persevering with a couple of badly attempted numbers, I approached Winston again.
and fortunately for me, in the interim, he had acquired a Des Anthony resonator, & had decided to learn to play it "for kicks," as Pedal Steel remains his prime instrument.
A lesson was duly arranged, & the rest, as they say, is history.
I learnt more about guitar & music at that first lesson, than the preceding 25 years crashing about on my own.
Ten years later & Winston is still trying to bash the bad habits out of my guitar work, but we've had a lot of fun along the way, put out a couple of solo albums & continue to learn this demanding instrument.
Our third album of solo instrumentals is in the pipeline.
I continue my association with the Brisbane Steel Guitar Club and regularly play at the monthly social meetings.
Along with other members, have played at various venues promoting our annual festival and I always
play at the "Sunday Social" after each of the Brisbane Steel Guitar Clubs Annual Festival.
I was awarded the inaugural Doug "The Bandit" May Memorial Trophy in 2006, the only Encouragement Award presented to date.
I finally played on the main stage during the Festival 2010.
I look forward to making many friends in the steel guitar world.