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Biography

A performing songwriter mightily influenced by the old school, I once earned my daily bread recording and touring my own brand of hillbilly music. I spent my younger days fronting a country/rock cover band that toured the saloon circuit primarily in Manitoba, the province in Canada where I was born. I was also the songwriter and lead vocalist of the Alberta folk/roots recording trio Harwill through the roaring nineties. I then spent seventeen years touring as a solo artist at venues from coast-to-coast in Canada and as far south as Nashville, Tennessee, to open the 21st century. And despite a life-long battle with stage fright, performing my music for a live audience was, undoubtedly, the great love/hate relationship of my life. Anyway, after releasing seven critically praised albums and scoring a number one Americana Hit in the USA, a few years back I found myself working without a label. I took it as a sign, and have since been writing, editing and publishing the novels I’ve worked at on the side throughout my career in music.

A transplanted Albertan, I’m lacto-ovo vegetarian due to my health and atheist due to my freedom-loving mind. I’m also a son of a family that once counted eight siblings and blessed with children and grandchildren of my own, for whose love I am ever grateful. Now retired from the stage after decades of touring, I live at the picturesque village of Thorsby, Alberta, in western Canada.

 “The writer is a spiritual anarchist, as in the depth of his soul every man is. He is discontented with everything and everybody. The writer is everybody’s best friend and only true enemy – the good and great enemy. He neither walks with the multitude nor cheers with them. The writer who is a writer is a rebel who never stops.” – William Saroyan, 1908-1981 (from The William Saroyan Reader, 1958)