Q: What started your love for music, and how old were you at the time?
A: Everyone in my family played music. We would get together on holidays and everyone would play together. Those are still some of my fondest memories. My dad played guitar and sang wonderfully. He is still my hero in that regard.
Q: When did you decide to become a singer/songwriter? Were your parents supportive of it?
I didn't decide to become a singer/songwriter; it just happened. These songs just started coming out of me, and I would play them for people. I was driving a truck and singing them on the CB radio and people said I needed to be singing them somewhere like Nashville. I made friends with a man who goes by Stagger Lee and my song "Whiskey & Water" got us a trip to Nashville. Later, I was tutored by Anne Stuckey who is a past president of the Nashville Songwriter's Association. She taught me to polish my songs and helped me begin recording on her late husband's (Nat) two-track Teac recorder.
Q: How did you learn to play guitar?
I am self-taught (age 9). I used to hide in my sister's room and play her guitar. She taught lessons and if I would have asked she would have taught me I'm sure. I play by ear and only play rhythm for the most part. Also, I am left-handed but play right-handed.
Q: How did you form the Mplants?
A: The Mplants were formed as we had recorded an album together, and I decided we should try and play gigs as well. It was also a joke about a local city Boca Raton, Fl. as that type of surgery seems to be popular there. We also used the name to remind people about breast cancer awareness. I currently have Max DuBose and Du Band which consists of two Mplant members, Chuck Fiore, Jr. (drums) and myself along with Richard Coon (lead guitar), and Mason Randall (bass).
Q: How would you describe the blues scene in Florida?
A: The blues scene in south Florida I would describe as tough. There are some awesome players here and gigs are sometimes hard to come by as people are used to hearing their favorite artists. I am making headway but progress is sometimes slow in coming.
Q: Would you describe your lyrics as autobiographical? Which ones are the most personal to you and why?
A: I would definitely describe my lyrics as autobiographical as they come from events in my life that transpired over many years. Sometimes I write whimsical songs or satire just to lighten up the mood and make people laugh. Most often though they are about events I lived through, saw, or heard take place in my life.
Q: What musicians have had the greatest impact on you and why?
A: My dad, Hank Williams, Keith Whitley, Muddy Waters, Jerry Beach, Joe Nadeau, The Crawdads, Stagger Lee, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Betty Lewis, just to name a few. My dad was my first influence, and he also gave me my first song book. Keith Whitley, Muddy Waters, and Lynyrd Skynyrd all touched my soul in different ways. The Crawdads, Joe Nadeau, Jerry Beach, and Betty Lewis I hung out with as well as Stagger Lee and each was a learning experience in music for me. I must also include Anne Stuckey as she mentored me and believed in me which helped me to believe in myself.