I grew up on a ranch in southwestern Colorado outside of a small town. There wasn't much else to do besides play music all day. And that's what I did. I played music, listened to music, thought about music, and just generally obsessed about it all day long. After high school, I got out of Pagosa Springs, my home town, and relocated to Durango, CO, and quickly fell in with a group of pickers and we started a band, unfortunately named, "Broke Mountain." For about three years, that band made some waves in the acoustic music scene, and I fell in love with being on stage and living the musician lifestyle. The band broke up when individual members were pulled away to join other more well-established bands including The Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Town Mountain, Emmit-Nershi Band, and Larry Keel and Natural Bridge.
After Broke Mountain, I became a solo performer, and spent about a year in Nashville doing sideman work. Then I came back to Colorado, because I love it here and I love the music scene here. I joined the Durango band of delinquents, Waiting On Trial, and currently play mandolin in that band.
The RD Unit was concieved as an outlet for me to play acoustic guitar, and focus on all of the beautiful nuances it is capable of. It also allows me to play with the best pickers I can find, sing my ass off, and flatpick the hell out of my guitar (or at least try to)!
Joining me to form the core lineup of this band are a couple of my good buddies, who I'm lucky to play with. Jimmy Largent plays upright bass, and Hap Purcell plays banjo.