We all have a song to sing... we hope this community inspires you to sing yours!
My musical journey started 50 years ago when I saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. Along with 70 million other fans, I witnessed the magic that music could create. I saw how much fun could be had playing in a band. In 1969, I went to Woodstock and experienced the power of music to build a community half a million strong. I’ve played in garage bands and working bands nearly all my life.
As a custom guitar maker I’ve built over 80 guitars for the likes of Steve Earle, Tish Hinojosa, Hank Williams, Jr., Michael Murphey, and the Mavericks.
I got serious about songwriting and began playing solo gigs in my forties. I recorded 2 CDs and hosted a weekly songwriter series.
And for the last 12 years, my wife Viv Nesbitt and I have been producing Art of the Song Creativity Radio, a music and interview show now heard on over 100 public and community stations across North America.
The point is, we’re intimately connected with the world of music and songwriting. We’re passionate about it, and we understand the challenges.
Now we’ve created the Standing ‘O’ Project, a mutually supportive online community of musicians and music lovers. Unlike internet streaming platforms that pay a fraction of a penny per play, the project gives a full 50% of the membership revenue back to the musicians.
Seeking Mercy / Vivian Nesbitt
This is my favorite Viv Nesbitt song. We recorded it a few years back with me playing lead acoustic and electric guitars.
A recent concert that I attended in DC with the Who!
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
A custom made Dillon acoustic guitar
3: What was the worst advice?
Music is an avocation... not a vocation (my parents)
4: What was your first concert?
Jimi Hendrix at the Fillmore East
5: What/where is the best road food?
Artichoke Cafe in Wichita, KS
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Find your authentic voice.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?