Born in Oklahoma and raised mostly in south-central Kansas, Bruce grew up listening late into the night to WSL Radio, Chicago and Wolf Man Jack from Del Rio. When the sun went down and the signal strengthened, those stations played Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins and Ray Charles. Bruce took up a cheap guitar at the age of eight and was playing in a local R&R band by the age of 12. He shifted to folk music in it's mid-60's heyday when he joined the fans of singer songwriters such as Carol King, James Taylor and Jesse Winchester. Living in Texas in the 70's he was introduced to alternative country by the likes of Willy, Ray Wiley, Jerry Jeff, Delbert and Kris. To this formative years stew, he later mixed in some influences of The Eagles, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Cole Porter, poet Shel Silverstein and Lyle Lovett, stirred vigorously and got a unique blend of Americana R&B music. Bruce writes for a grown-up audience with references to opportunities and problems beyond the basics of heartache, lust, cheatin', drinkin', trucks, momma and prison, not that there isn't a measure of those things too. He also writes about gold diggers, poseurs, granddaughters, women of a certain age, casual sex, cooking breakfast the morning after and the like. Bruce lives in Atlanta, Georgia surrounded by tall trees, hundreds of books, three cats, one dog and his muse, Mimi, who should get co-writing credit on almost every song he creates. He has five grown children (counting the two sons-in-law), one grandson and more guitars than he owns up to for reasons of marital harmony.
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