There were always plenty of instruments
around growing up in the Carleton house, every thing from kazoos
to drum sets. But I didn't get serious with the guitar until I
was 16 . My brother Jerry bought me my first (playable) guitar,
a black Cort les Paul copy. At 18 I picked up the bass, playing
with Jerry on the riverboat doing day-long cruises. This was a
real learning experience, 7 days a week playing everything from
sing-alongs to hard rock. It seemed there was always someone sitting
in, from kids to grandma's. I had to really be on my toes. I learned
to watch the guitar player and anticipate the changes.
In the early 90's I went back to the guitar,
playing originals in a band called Shrinking Violets, again with
Jerry, also Steve Rose and Butch karns. At that time it seemed
the only places that had original bands were Ribco and Stickman's.
In the mid 90's, I was playing guitar in
a country/rock band called the swinging doors. Also, an occasional
gig with the Trusdells, when they would put a full band together
for a big show like opening for Merle Haggard at palmer . I didn't
play much in the early 2000's. I became more of a guitar collector
than a player. I focused my attention on starting a family. Its
important to have a solid home foundation. My beautiful wife Missy
has had to endure a lot of band wife trials. When Lilly was born,
I felt it was important to be there for the first couple of years.
But any how its great to be back playing again.
Missy and Lilly come to many of the shows.
I've learned a lot playing with Tom, Jim
and Larry. These guys are pros and Gray Wolf is a first class
operation, but they know how to keep it fun.
Gray Wolf Rocks!