Shifting Drifter


Band to Join, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Harmonica, Mandolin, Dobro.


Cut my teeth in 1973 playing Rock, Blues, Pop, Southern Rock, Classic Country, early R&B and general top 40. Played professionally for about five years... first filling in for drummers in weekend country, rockabilly and top 40 bands until a full-time top 40 band took me on. In 1976 I joined the rock band "Silk" performing in the Baltimore-DC and tri-state area. Opened for many acts in those years including Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Goose Creek, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. Hard times slowly fell upon the local 770 musicians union and full-time musicians in the late 70s. It was hard to stay employed full time and I needed to eat, so joined the Air Force. While in the AF, I hooked up with a lot of other musicians in uniform and realized I wasn't alone. I got a 4-track recorder and started recording singer/songwriter materiel, finding other like-minded musicians who were writing and experimenting with different forms of acoustic and progressive rock, spending most of my energies in singer/songwriter stuff, lots of jam sessions and short-term performances.

Not looking for a band right now, just looking for local talent, get some weekly jam sessions going and see what new and fresh talent is out there.

Screen name:
Shifting Drifter
Member since:
Jul 14 2008
Active within 1 month
Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Most available:


I'm extremely eclectic in taste and proficient in numerous genres with an ear for progressive blues, rock and country. My early influences are a mix of being exposed to multiple genres of rock, folk, delta blues, early R&B, country. I found I preferred playing many styles of music and later gravitated toward singer/songwriter materiel. Some of my favorite singer/songwriters of the past include (but are by no means limited to) Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, Niel Young, Johnny Cash, Jim Croce, Dan Fogelberg, John Fogerty, Nanci Griffith, Jimmy Buffett, Don Henley, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Sr & Jr, John Prine and others. Bands include Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Skynyrd, Edgar Winter, Bad Company, Mott the Hoople, Zeplin, Bowie, BTO, ELP, BBA, Mountain, Pure Prairie League, Outlaws, Pink Floyd, Sabbath, UFO, Nugent, and other too numerous to mention.

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Vocalist - Baritone:
Background Singer:
Lead Guitar:
Acoustic Guitar:
Bass Guitar:
Other Percussion:


- Takamini 6-string cutaway Acoustic
- 12-String Taylor Acoustic
- Alvarez 6-string Acoustic
- Fender Precision Bass
- Ampeg B-2RE and SVT-410HLF Bass Half Stack
- Fender American Standard Stratocaster
- Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster
- Fender American Select Stratocaster Custom Shop (modified)
- Fender American Signature Jeff Beck Stratocaster
- Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar
- Gibson Custom ES-339 Vintage Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
- Fender 65 Twin Reverb
- Marshall 205C
- Ampeg Bass Amp BA-115
- 5-Piece Roland TD4 Electronic Drums