Parallel to all this was a second musical career with the Mountain Stage radio show, which started in 1983. Mountain Stage is a live 2 hour performance show that features guests from every musical genre. It's still heard across the country and is distributed by NPR. Along with many of my bandmates, I joined the house band, and after a few years became the Musical Director, which meant working with artists beforehand to select and arrange material, charting the songs and leading rehearsals. In that time I worked with literally hundreds of artists -- people like Dr. John, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mose Allison, Larry Coryell, Shawn Colvin, Sarah Maclachlan. To say it was an education would be an understatement. I had the chance to get "under the hood" of a lot of great music, and learned how to play and arrange music in many different styles.
By that point, it was the early 1990's and after making several albums I had become interested in the recording process. This was before digital recording had become common, and making records happened in big, expensive studios that used 2 inch tape. Luckily I had a couple of mentors who taught me the ropes and soon I was producing, recording and managing several local groups, mostly hard rock and punk. In 1995 I opened my own 24 track recording studio, and started going at recording full-time.
I came to Seattle in 1998, and soon got involved in radio as the host of the show "All Blues" on 88.5 KPLU Tacoma/Seattle. The Washington Blues Society has honored me with several awards for Best DJ, and in 2009 I received the "Keeping The Blues Alive" Award from The Blues Foundation.
Currently I am working with guitarist Dudley Taft, and produced his recent release "Deep Deep Blue". In April 2013 we recorded tracks for Dudley's next album with Grammy-award winning producer Tom Hambridge. These days I have a small home studio today that has everything I need to make great recordings, many of which are featured on this site.