Directions and Influences - chapter 14
The Sum of our Influences

We are the sum of our influences and our direction is guided by that. I enjoy diversity in music and will continue to explore the boundaries of different styles. My roots are firmly in blues, gospel and soul music but I look forward to allowing the colours of other influences to permeate the mix and create something new.

I could not finish this section of the site without mentioning some of the great singers, bass players and bands that I have drawn inspiration from.

Singers : Mavis Staples , Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, Tony Joe White, The Dixie Hummingbirds, John Lee Hooker, Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison.

Bass Players: David Hood, Willie Weeks, George Porter, James Jamerson, Aston 'Family Man' Barrett, Robbie Shakespeare, Rick Danko, Paul McCartney, Bill Wyman, Danny Thomson, Jaco Pastorius, Richard Davis, Marcus Miller, Louis Johnson, Larry Graham, Doug Williams, Mike 'Kelly' Clarke, Barry Sullivan, Tim Partridge

Bands: The Band, The Staple Singers, The Meters, The Neville Brothers, Sly & the Family Stone, The Wailers, Credence Clearwater Revival, The Stones, The Pretty Things, Brian Rossi & the Wheels, Them.