It was January of 2006 that I caught a break–a five song demo I had made in Nashville got in the hands of country music legend Mel Tillis. Upon hearing it, to my astonishment, Mel wanted to meet me. It seems Mel liked my traditional sound. Also, I don’t think it hurt that I am a Florida boy–just like Mel.

Now, before all that, I had been kicking around Central Florida, playing at special events and local restaurants/bars on the weekends. However, the time came when I decided that if I was really going to try to make it in the big time, I needed to move to Nashville. I got all prepared for the move. My family threw me a “moving to Nashville” party, and then one day before I was heading to guitar town, I got a call from Mel Tillis himself. I told him I was moving and he asked me if I’d consider waiting a couple weeks. So I did. A few days later we had a meeting where he told me if I went up to Nashville on my own, I was liable to meet all the wrong people. He went on to say I could stay with him at his farm in Ashland City, TN, and he’d introduce me to the right people. That’s precisely what I did!