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I have been playing the violin/fiddle off and on since age 6. I started with a classical background and gradually picked up bluegrass influences and now REALLY enjoy any kind of country, Celtic, bluegrass, country rock, and especially alternative music. Was in the Altoona Symphony Orchestra for 10 years, graduate of Duquesne University, competed in Pennsylvania and West Virginia Old Time Fiddler's contests, and attended the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp in 2007. Have done some studio work, most notably with The Finders, Cliff Hillis of Starbelly, and Cross Canyon. Have opened for Grandpa Jones (years ago) and played as background for Mike Reid in the past. Love playing out just about anywhere!
- Screen name:
- Dr Neal
- Member since:
- Apr 15 2011
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 2-3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 6-7 nights a week
- Most available:
Wow -- a whole bunch. Love listening to Michael Cleveland and anything Luke Bulla is involved with, and of course O'Connor. Love modern country violin/fiddle. Charlie Daniels rules!! Also love Bach and Mozart and the like. Favorite country musicians are Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, and Miranda Lambert, while I appreciate everything from Metallica to U2 to Lady Gaga in the pop world. Could listen to anything all day from Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits or Rob Hyman's work with the Hooters. BIG FAN of Mark Selby and Tia Sillers (very distant cousins via my step-dad).
- Background Singer:
I have a Yamaha electric silent violin that puts out great sound -- used it to play the national anthem at a football game before. Have own Radian AMP and several normal violins. Have microphone but mic stand disappeared recently . . . need to replace it.
Starbelly - What You Will
Starbelly - What You Will Year: 1997 Album: Lemon Fresh Genre: Alternative
Did this recording with artist Cliff Hillis at his house. Bathroom converted to a recording studio! Tuned my violin down to a cello tone. Seemed to work!
The Finders - Revolution Ready
The Finders - Revolution Ready Track number: 7 Year: 1997 Album: The Finders Genre: Folk
This was the first studio recording I had ever been a part of, and we recorded a 13 song first album in 36 hours -- straight through, sleeping in shifts. We didn't have much money. :) We had to make the hours count. Recorded at Sound Cage Studios by Jan Luczek in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This track, "Revolution Ready", received some airplay on stations in Delaware and Baltimore.
Copper West -- Enjoy the Ride
Copper West -- Enjoy the Ride Track number: 1 Year: 2007 Album: Enjoy the Ride Genre: Country
This is Jason Eustice's song written for his 8-piece band, Copper West, which I was a part of. We recorded this in Chris Kirkpatrick's studio (he of N'SYNC) in Orlando, Florida in 2007.
Copper West - Country Act
Copper West - Country Act Track number: 2 Year: 2007 Album: Enjoy The Ride Genre: Country
This is another Jason Eustice song written for his 8-piece band, Copper West, which I was a part of. We recorded this in Chris Kirkpatrick's studio (he of N'SYNC) in Orlando, Florida in 2007.
Copper West - The Strongest
Copper West - The Strongest Track number: 4 Year: 2007 Album: Enjoy The Ride Genre: Country
This is a Jason Eustice/Kristen Sellers duet. We recorded this in Chris Kirkpatrick's studio (he of N'SYNC) in Orlando, Florida in 2007.
Mark Selby -- Blue On Black
Mark Selby -- Blue On Black Album: studio acoustic cut Genre: Classic Rock
This is the #1 Kenny Wayne Sheppard song "Blue On Black" that my second-cousin Mark Selby wrote; he is my step-dad's nephew, to be more specific, and he's been nice enough to let me jam with him at a family reunion and see him performing in a songwriter-in-the-round at the world-famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. This is a copy of a family-only CD he and his wife, Tia Sillers, issued of acoustic cuts they did of songs they'd written. Enjoy!
Private party at this large resort just off of I-4.
Lynn Easterly is a Nashville-based country singer. I have been included in a band put together to support her efforts in Florida. Looking forward to this CD release party!
Second spectacular Saturday night!
We are there two nights! Should be a fun Labor Day weekend!
Great gig! Famous music site in Florida.
Daryle Singletary has performed hits such as "Too Much Fun", "I Let Her Lie", and "The Note". The Cross Canyon band has been chosen as the only band to open for him on Independence Day at the Lake County Fair.
Two night gig at this popular biker bar. Come on out!
Playing secular music at a wedding for two of my dear Valencia students. Accompanied by my partner in music, the beautiful Jennifer Kalinovsky. Can't wait!
Mexican restaurant for the holiday.
country covers for dancing and singing all night long. Come on out!