My Story

I'm a Nashville-based session musician, producer, composer, music supervisor, and platinum-selling songwriter that has recorded and performed internationally with a broad variety of artists including  Tom Jones, Emmylou Harris, Rufus & Martha Wainwright, Iris Dement, Collective Soul, Dave Matthews, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant, Indigo GIrls, Ben Folds, Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, Allison Moorer, Solomon Burke, Suzy Bogguss, Ben Rector, Maren Morris, Brandy Clark, Allison Krauss, Guy Clark, Tiffany, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Leo Kottke, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Gillian Welch, Arlo Guthrie, Sam Bush, The McGarrigles, Steve Martin, Pete Seeger, Jim Lauderdale, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott, Lee Ann Womack, Vince Gill, T.S. Monk, Phil Keaggy, Larry Carlton, Over the Rhine, Vigilantes of Love, Sixpence, Jars of Clay, Fleming and John, Nashville Symphony, and many others.

My performances and original music have been heard on various film and television projects for clients including the ABC, USA, and EPIX HD networks, JWT New York, iV Music Group Nashville, Burger King, Opel, Scholastic/Weston Woods, Vodafone UK, Mattel, Nestea, O’Charley’s, Clausthaler, and General Motors.  In 2010 I produced and co-wrote “Serpentine” with Tiffany, the multi-platinum artist’s first country single which was featured in the 2011 Syfy original movie “Mega Python Vs Gatoroid”. I have co-written numerous cue projects for the Milwaukee-based License Lab.

My most recent production projects include albums for the Haitian folksinger Beken, UK recording artist Danni Nicholls, and Brooklyn-based Pete Lanctot & The Stray Dogs.  I'm a producer and co-creator of Coal Train Railroad, a family-themed jazz ensemble that made its Lincoln Center debut at The David Rubenstein Atrium in February 2011. In 2009 I co-produced Al Perkins' Big Dog 3 which steel-guitar legend Perkins along with drummer Brady Blade, Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, and Brigitte DeMeyer.  Some of my other notable album production projects include Changing Horses (UK), The August (Nashville), and Amazon River Kids (recorded on location in northern Brazil).

Since 2011 I've been a recurring Guest Artist of Lincoln Center's Meet-The-Artist Series, serving as Musical Director for The Sleight-Of-Hand Band, the support ensemble for illusionist Mario Marchese aka Mario The Magician.

I use Fender, Italia, Fret-King, Epiphone, Guild, and Univox electric basses, a late 19th century Tyrolean contrabass in the studio, an Eminence double bass made by G. Edwards Lutherie of Minneapolis, MN, and Aguilar Amplification.  My endorsement list can be found on my Gear page.

I was born and raised in New York and lived for several years in New Orleans before moving to Tennessee in 1994.  Today I live a funky old East Nashville house with my wife, vocal coach and voiceover artist Laura Donohue, our daughters Maeve and Áine, and an obstinate cattle-dog.