born in Boston, Massachusetts, but I consider the San Francisco Bay Area home, as I lived there from age 7 until age 29. I have a degree in Theatre Arts from Humboldt State University, where I fronted my first band, The River. We played about half cover songs and half originals. After a stint as rhythm guitarist in the San Francisco-based Blessed West, I created Cal Hollow (originally called Box Elder) in 1997, along with Seth Berenberg on bass, Mark Cameron on drums, and Jeffrey Hemmelgarn on guitar and additional vocals. Our first album, "Two Bulb Twilight", on Jericho/Sire Records, was helmed by Grammy-winning Producer John Porter (The Smiths, B.B. King), and included the single “No Mercy”, which generated substantial airplay both in the U.S. and abroad. Basically, we hit the jackpot. When Jericho had financial difficulties, we were cut adrift, and the band parted ways soon after. * Winner of San Francisco Musician's Union Songwriting Contest - 1998 *With Concrete Cowboys: - Placed third in nationwide Marlboro Country
Music Contest - Several Oregon and Washington Battle of the Bands wins - Performances with Emerson Drive, Whiskey Falls, Hal Ketchum, Rhett Atkins, Andy Griggs, Lee Brice -Winner - "Outstanding Achievement in Country Music", Portland Music Awards, 2010
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