For Stan, getting to record an album with the legendary Outlaws band guitarist Steve Grisham and getting to meet and jam with some of his early musical icons and early radio heroes was like a fairy tale come true.
Stan began learning to play guitar at the age of 9 years old when he asked to look at one of his dad’s older guitars and his mother showed him how to play 2 songs on it much to his surprise because he had not known she knew how to play! She showed him how to play 2 old bluegrass songs “Down Yonder” and “The Wildwood Flower” and when he saw he was playing them he was immediately hooked!
Stan grew up often playing gospel and bluegrass with his dad who had been a professional musician before Stan was born and had played on radio shows with the old timers Like Bonnie Lou and Buster, Buck Ledford and others.
Stan’s father loved playing music and often the house would be filled with music from visiting friends who would bring a fiddle or another guitar and play with Stan’s dad.
Stan’s mom bought him a drum set when he was 10 years old and when he was about 13 years old he earned enough money repairing neighbors TV sets and radios to buy his own used bass guitar and around that same time he discovered the old music lessons lp (vinyl) album from the late 60’s entitled “Play Along with the Ventures” and after learning to play those songs he became so enthused with learning to play that sometimes he would stay awake all night practicing quietly in his room without even realizing he had been at it all night and would have to go to school having had no sleep!
Some of Stan’s earliest influences were The Ventures, CCR, Steppenwolf, The James Gang with Joe Walsh, Neil Young, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Bob Seger, Bad Company, Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others!
At age 16 Stan began playing shows with his first band, a local top 40 band called Midnight Special and from there Stan went on to play with a variety of bands of various styles from bluegrass to blues to heavy metal over the years, but these days Stan mostly enjoys playing classic rock and blues but also loves creating music of other many styles and genres like Native American and Americana and Stan has plans to record some of those styles of music soon, along with some rock and blues.
Stan also plans to record some of the old traditional songs arranged in the rather unusual style of finger picking that Stan developed on his own which was loosely based off the Travis Picking style he first learned from a lessons book at age 12 because Stan never had access to formal guitar lessons during his early years and being mostly self taught his style of playing is rather unconventional at times.