Rachel Lorenz is my wife.  To say that I love and value her beyond all others would be an understatement.  Feel free to check out her web site and her Cafe Press store.  



Dan Navarro is from the same town where I grew up, Calexico CA, and he went to high school with my mother and aunt.  However, we did not meet each other until Aug 2009.  I managed to get a booking opening for him at a house concert outside Chicago.  When we were introduced, Dan said he had grown up with Lorenzs.  I asked him where, and when he responded "Calexico, CA" my exact response was "Get the fuck outta here!"  Since then, he and I have developed a solid friendship and we feel like we have known each other for a good portion of our lives.  

Dan is an amazing vocalist and songwriter.  He started his career with Eric Lowen and wrote songs covered for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”) , The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, Dutch superstar Marco Borsato,  The Triplets,  Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir and many more.

He’s moonlighted as a session singer and voice actor for 27 years, in major motion pictures like The Book Of Life (as the villain “Chakal”), The Lorax, Happy Feet (1 & 2), Rio (on the Oscar-nominated “Real In Rio”), Ice Age (2 & 3), and a dozen more; TV series Turbo Fast, Prison Break, Family Guy and American Dad; recordings with Neil Young, Andrea Bocelli, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Susanna Hoffs and Jon Anderson of Yes; and hundreds of commercials for Subaru, Shakey’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Honda, El Pollo Loco, Nationwide and more.


Jiyushinkai is an organization of which I am extremely proud to be a part.  I suspect that if I had not found it, I would have lost the bit of sanity that I've managed to preserve. 


Chris Smither is one of my favorite artists.  Great singer/songwriter who is also an amazing guitarist.  I highly recommend his albums Leave the Light On, Train Home and Live As I'll Ever Be.  I feel they provide the best representation of his work.


Todd Snider is a fantastic songwriter with interesting ideas about a variety of subjects.


B&D Guitar Repair is Billy O'Reilly's shop in Phoenix, AZ and he is one of my favorite people.  He's honest and great at what he does.  What more do you want?  His web site is here and his Facebook page is here.  Don't let the basic internet presence fool you; he's too busy fixing guitars to have a fancy web site. 


The Wild Hog in the Woods, Inc., was founded in 1978 by local folk musicians and folk lovers and is one of my favorite venues. The organization is based on cooperative principals and is incorporated as a not for profit organization. The Hog is operated by its members, with everyone volunteering their time, skills and talents.



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