Growing up in Charlottesville, I would often fall asleep on some couch at an old time jam, with string band music lulling me to sleep. I played trumpet in middle school band, and around the same time discovered a dusty old guitar in his parents’ basement. As a deadhead in high school, I gained an appreciation of American roots music and improvisation. I got my first mandolin at age 19 and soon became obsessed with David Grisman, Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, and the rich musical history of Appalachian mountain music. While living in Portland, Oregon I branched out into early country, blues and swing and began playing fiddle and clawhammer banjo, before returning to my native Virginia and the string band music that continues to be my primary inspiration.