When I was
about 16 years old, I met a guy named Frank Walden and I knew right then that I wanted to play the guitar just
like he played because he played just like Chet Atkins. We become good friends and he gave me lessons for
about a year. He then moved to Nashville and played guitar for many of the Opry stars.
So then it was just me and my Chet Atkins records. I wore out a lot of records pulling the arm back and forth
across the records trying to figure out how Chet was doing it.
Then I met a fellow named Les Sneed. Although I didn't know it at the time, he would play a big part in
helping me with learning to play the guitar and my music carreer. He also played like Chet Atkins. We became
real close friends, and I went to work with him and his brothers and Dad playing bass for the group. They were
called the Sneed Family. I traveled and played with them for three years, January 1961 to December 1963. Those
three years were great fun and a great learning experience as we played all over the country. Played the
Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and the Nevada circuit. We also recorded at Capital Records in Hollywood. We came
to Anchorage in the summer of 1961 and I fell in love with Alaska big time. We returned again in '62 & '63 and
I just had to stay here as I loved the wilderness and mountains Alaska had to offer. My dream was to build a
log cabin in the mountains. So in December of '63, I left the group and stayed here.
I went back and forth to Springfield, Oregon and Missoula, Montana from Alaska for several years between 1963
In 1984 Les called me and asked if I would like to go on the road again and I said "You bet." That last big
road trip took me to Nashville and we played at the Opryland Hotel. After Nashville, I thanked Les for making
my long time dream of playing in Nashville come true, but I needed to get back to Alaska and pursue another
life long dream of building my log cabin.
I have almost completed that dream and now I will have more time to play my guitar.
In September of 2001 at the Nokie Edwards Music Festival in Eugene, Oregon I got to meet and become friends
with a man who I think is one of the best players there is. His name is Buster B. Jones. Then in April of
2002, he asked Frank Walden and me if we would like to go to Philadelphia with him and be indirectly involved
in the making of his latest CD called "Just Us". Of course we said yes and had a great time. I can honestly
say if it weren't for Buster, this CD of songs I have written and recorded would not have happened as he
showed me different tunings for the guitar and the using of more than one Capo at a time on the guitar. When I
got ready to do this CD, I asked Buster if he would come and play on a couple songs and he graciously said he
would. Boy!, was I thrilled to have my guitar hero play on my first CD. Then he even put a solo song on the CD
that he had just written for his daughter Jessica Sue.
Three of these songs I wrote for my three beautiful granddaughters, Elena Rose, Breanna Marie, and Cerriahanna
The guitar I used on this CD and my guitar of choice is my Godin Multiac Nylon String. I play it through a
Roland GR 33 Guitar Synthesizer. That is what I used to get a trumpet sound on the song titled, "Something
Different", and to get the piano sound on "Fireweed", and also all the string sounds you hear in the
background on all the songs.
Thank you so much Buster for sharing your music and friendship and incredible playing on this CD. Thanks Les
for helping me write, and your great playing on "Something Different". Buster is playing eighty percent of the
lead on "Fireweed" and Les is playing eighty percent of the lead on "Something Different".