In about 1955 I was introduced to the guitar by my brother Loel. He had been injured badly in a motorcycle accident and stayed with us to heal up. He had a guitar and would play “If The Ocean Were Whiskey” and “Wabash Cannonball.” I was intrigued and never dreamed the path I would take because of the lure of guitars. He went with me to buy my first guitar, a Kay arched top, for $50.
A few years after that I would attend concerts of Orbison, Cash, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Horton, The Big Bopper at the Marshal Journal High auditorium in Clovis. There was no turning back for me at that point, I was to be a “Guitar Man!” It all started with “The 5 minute Guaranteed Guitar Book.”
Until about 10 years ago I lived an intense 40 year life of guitars, music, recording and entertainment. I burned the candle out from both ends and had to push the stop button to catch my breath! Personal health and family end of life issues captured my thoughts for 10 years, up until recently.
A few weeks ago, something sparked the old flame within me. I was looking at old 24trk tapes and wondered what things over 35 years old sounded like today.
So I have a few stories to tell, one song at a time. My personal musical history:-)
I blame, or credit, everything I am…..on guitars…..