Today, March 17th, I have the honor and pleasure of performing in memory and celebration of the great Steve Maase. Steve was very important in my development as a young musician and human being. He was a great teacher and mentor to many, and positively impacted many lives, including mine. When I turned 18, Steve gave me a job at his music store, "The Music Factory" in Albuquerque, and also let me use one of the studios to teach in. It would take too many words to effectively explain Steve's importance in my life.
I will have the pleasure of performing with Steve's daughter, Lily Maase, who has followed in her extraordinary father's footsteps, a has become an exceptional guitarist in her own right. I'm thankful to Lily for inviting me to be a part of this special event.
I also get to share the stage with my life long friend and mentor, Mikey Wright. I met Mikey when I started hanging out at the Guitar Shop on central everyday after school when I was 10 years old and Mikey was 16. I'd stay till closing everyday playing the guitars and absorbing whatever was being said or played around me.
I met Tim Pierce through Mikey and Steve and he became another significant influence and inspiration to me. Another important friend and mentor from this era was Stan Hirsch, who will only be present in spirit for this show. I'm grateful for all of the support and inspiration I've received from these badass mofos, and looking forward to our first gig together after 40 years.