Robert reads Treble Clef and Nashville Numbers
Film: “Arizona Summer” Morgan Fairchild, Lee Majors ; “Telling Secrets” Cybill Shepherd
Television: Copperstate Chronicles, KTVK-3 Phoenix
Opened for: Asleep at the Wheel, Oak Ridge Boys, Johnny Rivers
Backed: Sammy Smith (Help Me Make It Through the Night); Opry stars Stonewall Jackson; Rose Maddox
Gigged: “Wrecking Crew” drummer Hal Blaine, Arizona
Jammed: Lee Oskar (Lowrider) Arizona
Mason Williams (Classical Gas) Oregon
John Hartford (Gentle on my Mind) Mississippi
“Big River” Arizona Broadway Theater, and also, the Mesa Arts Center; Patsy Cline Dinner Theater
National Anthem with Harmonica for Phoenix RoadRunners Hockey Game
Awards: Phoenix Blues Society First Annual Blues Contest, 3rd place winner with Cold Shot Blues Band; Top Instrumentalist 1995, Arizona Country Music Association, Harmonica
The Beatles’ “I Should Have Known Better” was on KROY AM radio and I learned the opening riff. That was all I knew, so I played it over, and over, and over...
By the time I reached the ever-so-cool age of 16 at Sacramento High School, I had inherited a Hohner 64 Chromonica. Winning a spot in the variety show I played “Ruby” (from the 1952 film Ruby Gentry), accompanied by school band mates on drums, bass, and piano.
Imagine this scene:
An ornate, old fashioned theater-auditorium with dark walls and high ceilings, great acoustics, and nearly 2-seconds natural reverberation. On stage was a large, classic, ribbon microphone on a stand, as you might see in a radio drama of the 40’s.
I was in heaven! And I was finally admired and praised, too.
“So, you really CAN play that thing!” OK, tolerated, maybe. But it felt good.