The Story

Biography

It officially started backstage at the Irving Plaza in New York City when Johnny Cash shook my hand and asked if I was the new steel guitar player in Wilco. "Well, I'm not sure Mr. Cash. I've never played full-time in a band and I have this business back in Chicago. I mean they asked me to join but that's a pretty big step, it is a tough business."

He nodded and looked me in the eye, "It can be a hard road but if your heart's in it, it can be a good life."

An hour later as I watched Johnny from side stage I had tears in my eyes from the power of his music. Jeff Tweedy turned to me and said "Are you gonna join this fuckin' band now?"

A month later I sold my business and got on a tour bus for a 2-year ride. That was a decade ago.

 

Timeline

1993

  • Played in a country cover band from Chicago with Steve Dawson and Dave Gay.
  • Ran Bob's Guitar Service in Chicago.
  • Dave Gay played with Freakwater and their guitarist couldn't make a European tour.

1994

  • Made the tour and played with Freakwater for 3 years.
  • Freakwater opened for Wilco, we became friends and I started playing with Wilco on side projects.

1996

  • Joined Wilco and toured non-stop for two years.
  • Met Oh Susanna when she opened for Wilco at the Horseshoe in Toronto.

1999

  • Left Wilco, moved to Oxford Mississippi to write and record my first record.
  • Flew to Toronto to record Oh Susanna's first record and met her bass player Bazil Donovan who had a full time gig was Blue Rodeo.
  • Took Bazil to Norway for a solo Bob Egan tour. Three months later was asked to join Blue Rodeo.

2000

  • Joined Blue Rodeo and met 10,000 Canadians.

2002

  • Released a 2nd solo record and toured Canada in between Blue Rodeo tours and sessions.
  • Played on records by the Tragically Hip, Cowboy Junkies, Hayden, Jason Collett, and the Sadies among others.

2006

  • Releasing 3rd solo record and touring Canada in between Blue Rodeo tours and sessions.

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