I started playing Music seriously when I was 18 years old. While in college in Gainesville Florida I met John Vilardo who was the first person that I ever jammed with. At that same period I had a new roommate by the name of Ben Andrews. Ben was a country blues ragtime guitarist from Washington, DC. Ben turned me on to the great country bluesmen like Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Bukka White, and Leadbelly just to name a few. When I first heardLeadbelly it seemed my whole life changed. Ben really was my first big influence into the blues. He showed me how to fingerpick and got me into playing bass. Another person from Gainesville and an early influence was Barrelhouse Chuck. Chuck had a large record collection and was playing in theRobert Hunter Blues Band. Robert Hunter was a blind saxophone player who hadworked with Bobby “Blue” Bland in the sixties. Eventually Chuck moved out toSeattle and Ben and I formed another band to back up Robert Hunter. The same year Bo Diddley moved to Gainesville from New Mexico and the Robert Hunter Band ended up backing Bo Diddley.