of A200, Solo Classical Artist and former member of Blackfoot) by Glenn
you interested in music originally?
Boredom, I was at my fathers house for the weekend w/nothing to do and
asked him to show me a few chords on his guitar. Then it was all over
and my sisters life changed drastically till she moved out.
Who were your earliest music influences and why?
Jimmy Page was by far the largest. Alex Lifeson and Steve Howe filled
out the rest. Zeppelin says it all as far as why.
What was your first guitar and how did you acquire
it and at what age?
Tiesco del ray, It was my 14th birthday and my mothers boy friend sold
it to her w//amp for $50.00 and I was off and running.
Did you play
any other things as well at the time?
Just guitar. That was all for me.
Tell us about
the 1st bands you were part of?
Aphius. My high school band. We played parties and band battles and
spent the evenings torturing our families with rehearsals.
you grow up and how was it for a budding musician, I am guessing you
haven't always been a resident of Fort Myers Beach?
Ypsilanti Michigan. It was in the 70s and early 80s so the music scene
was easier then as far as gigs and bands to see. All your friends were
in bands and everyone was scrounging for gigs and girls. Ypsi is next
to Ann Arbor which brought us bands like Bob Segar, Iggy Pop and the
Stooges, The MC5, Ted Nugent, Brownsville Station, Cub Coda and a few
that I am sure I don’t remember. Mid west U.S.
years, who have you grown up admiring and why?
Jeff Beck for Melody, Steve Vai for the fluid repose, Paco Pene, Etc.
There is so much talent that it is a question of space.
How did you
come to work with Ricky Medlocke (original founder member of Blackfoot,
now of Lynyrd Skynyrd)?
I new Rickey from when I worked in Ann Arbor. He would come into the
store and we always shot the sh*t. He was always a very personable person
How was it
first meeting Ricky and what he like to work with?
He is the greatest guy to work with. No ego, great player great guy.
Always considered everybody with decisions. Incredibly talented guy
and always professional. He is always on. He never him fumbled under
was in the band and how did you all get on?
The main line up when I worked with Blackfoot was Rickey, Stet Howland
and Bryce Barns. We all got along Great. Stet was the wild man. Bryce
a constant source of laughter.
your favourite times on the road with the then new-version of Blackfoot?
The Shows, the radio performances in the afternoon. When ever we pulled
into a new town. Rob Robinson would call the local radio station and
he, Ricky and I would go for interviews and unplugged performances.
your favourite songs to perform live?
Soldier Blue, Train Train, Highway song.
Did you record
anything with the band - if so what?
We were getting ready to do another recording but the Skynyrd gig came
stories have you got worth telling from the time - you must have had
some wild times out with those guys?
I am sure that they would fall into the stereo type. After the gig you
find your way to a strip bar. Next thing you know your dancing on stage
with some beautiful naked girl that you chase away solitude with for
a few hours. Stet was always a source of laughter.
went to Lynyrd Skynyrd (after many years away) how did you feel about
it and what did you do next?
I was happy as hell for him. Stet, Bryce and I started up a band and
kept plugging away at it.
How did your
classical guitar career come begin?
I was sixteen and thought that if I wanted to make music my life I needed
to round myself out as much as possible to find work throughout my life.
So with classical guitar I started working on my reading skills as well
as a new style of music.
do you enjoy most rock or classical music - or do you love them both
for different reasons?
Both for different reasons. Completely different animals.
Do you compose
in a different way when you work on classical music or do you find there's
no real difference -music is quite simply music !
Classical I’m much more complex harmonically.
How did A200
come to be - can tell us all about the band?
We all have been pals for years and were between bands and fell in with
each other. We gig 6+ shows a week as well as rehearse and write. We
are getting ready too record some of our material. Hopefully we will
have something in early mid 2008
the bands highlights been so far and why?
Playing with ZZ Top because we got to hang with Billy Gibbons.
fave places to play in the Lee County area and why?
Budda – It has great production and crowds.
bands/artists in the area do you like and why?
Cinder because they are incredibly talented and great guys. We are trying
to put a tour together next year.
your point of view, what would you say it takes to grab an audience
as you guys make it look very easy?
Passion, Honesty, and hot women in the front.
What are your favourite songs (both covers and
original) that you perform in A200 and why?
By the way, It’s just my personal favorite. All songs are fun
for sosoing when you drop the walls.
How did the
solo European concerts come to be (as a classical artist)?
Someone saw us from overseas and booked us for some concerts.
Germany and France were great. Loved the food and the people (maybe
not the people so much in France). The crowds were more attentive than
American audiences. The people of Germany are wonderful. Hospitality
is unequalled, great beer! Beautiful country.
are your current and future plans as an artist on both sides of the
We will be in Europe once
a year stateside the rest of the time working on the material and the
shows. A classical guitar CD, a Dance of hands CD and A200 will also
release a CD in 2008 so I am just putting the ducks in a row for the
So far, what
are you most proud of?
I don’t know? Maybe that I am a musician and still playing for
my livelihood. It is a tough life to carve but there is nothing for
me that compares.
big thankyou for Johnny for taking the time to do the interview and
Karen of Surreal2Real Studios of Fort Myers Beach, Florida for setting