For the last 20 years I've written songs for my band The Big Wu. I get to write material that is condusive to loud guitars, blues hollerin’, and dancing. The current version of the Big Wu is suited for tunes that are equal parts Meters and Floyd, which is an exciting mix for a songwriter like myself. But my latest songs are folk songs, in nature. This is my authentic self; drednaughts, fiddles, three part harmonies. It’s built on the timeless joys and lamentations of our precarious worlds.
I am grateful for my musical teachers: Hunter/Garcia, Lennon/MacCartney, Paul Simon, Jim Croce, Irving Berlin, Gram Parsons, John Hartford, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, Lorenz Hart, Bob Marley, John Prine, Randy Newman, Cat Stevens, Leadbelly, Sam Bush, JJ Cale, Mark Knopfler, Dan Penn, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Rodney Crowell, Prince, Dominic Castino, Dean Magraw, Nicholas Mrozinski, Ben Kaufmann, Jeff Austin, Dave Simonett, JT Bates, Charlie Parr, Brian Gallagher, Casey O’Brien, Jim Anton, Martin Zellar, and Jon Herchert.