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Member since: 2/14/2006 • Forum posts: 8232 • Last visit: 8/3/2022 7:30:23 PM EST
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I was born and raised in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, graduating in 1968 from Kimball High School. I started playing guitar at 15 and quickly became part of the garage band gang of that neighborhood that included such acquaintances as Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughan. I attended Dallas Baptist College and North Texas State University, mainly in order to avoid the draft rather than the lure of higher education. Journalism was my major and one of the perks of working on the school newspaper at NTSU was the fact that I covered the activities of the world famous One O'Clock Lab Band led by Leon Breeden. I was also a member of a rock & roll band called Daniel from 1969 to 1975. We were a Three Dog Night/Allman Brothers type outfit that played the club circuits of the southwest and midwest extensively, releasing a single on Paramount Records in 1974 titled "Take Us to Heaven." When Paramount was bought out by ABC we were dropped, as were many other bands. In 1976 I joined Texas Rose, a progressive rock group influenced by Yes and Steely Dan, and we put out an indy album called "Need Your Love" that failed to land us a major label contract. I then formed a group called "Next" with Kenny Daniel of "Kenny & the Kasuals" fame. We moved to Hermosa Beach, CA in 1977 and pursued a record deal out there until 1980 when I moved back to Texas. I got married, had 2 wonderful children and semi-retired from the "biz" to work various jobs and put meat on the table. I played in weekend warrior bands until 2000 when I hung up the guitar strap for 9 years. In 09 I started playing bass with a praise group at church and that helped me to rediscover my love for playing music. I am now in my 2nd marriage, toil in the investment business and reside in Forney, east of Dallas. I have always loved listening to/discovering new music so finding this site was a godsend. I've always been a writer, creating everything from screen/stageplays to novels and children's stories so contributing reviews for albums is right up my alley. I am a published author with "Teardrops to Rainbows" (an inspirational children's book about overcoming pain and sadness) available on Amazon and a published playwright with a faith-based stage play entitled "The Christmas that Almost Wasn't" available through Eldridge Plays and Musicals. I have recorded and released (in April of 2013) a CD of original songs with my songwriting partner John Davis under the moniker of the Davis-Anderson Project entitled "Two Old Friends" that is available to download on Amazon and ITunes. Our second album, "Llano Street" was officially released in January of 2015 and our third, "Raspberry Hill" in November 2016. Look us up on Bandcamp for a free listen. I have blogged my first novel, "Greatest Hits," in its entirety and you can find the link on our Facebook page (Davis Anderson Songwriters) if you care to peruse the fictitious tale for your reading pleasure. And last, but not least, let me express that I am very honored to be a member of this fraternity of proggers.

I'm a flower child of the 60s so my influences were:
Bob Dylan
Rolling Stones
Beach Boys
Jimi Hendrix
The Move
Allman Brothers
Doobie Brothers
Spooky Tooth

Discovered progressive music in the late 60s and throughout the 70s:
Genesis/Peter Gabriel
King Crimson
Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention
Moody Blues
Jethro Tull
Pink Floyd
Mahavishnu Orchestra
Return to Forever
Stanley Clarke
Weather Report
Steely Dan
Brian Auger

Post 1990 discoveries and new favorites:
Dream Theater
Porcupine Tree
The Flower Kings
Iona/Dave Bainbridge
Spock's Beard/Neal Morse
Salem Hill
Gentle Giant
Presto Ballet
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
Tori Amos

One of the advantages of being an "older" progger is the fact that, as a younger man, I took in as many concerts as I possibly could so I was able to see The Who (w/Moon) twice, Jimi Hendrix twice, Yes three times, Genesis (post-Gabriel) twice, Vanilla Fudge, The Doors, Rolling Stones (in '69), Deep Purple, Cream, Jethro Tull and many more. Of course, in that era, tickets were usually about five bucks! Sure makes for some great memories....

Reviews distribution by sub-genre

 Sub-genreNb of reviewsAvg rating
1 Jazz Rock/Fusion913.53
2 Crossover Prog873.29
3 Symphonic Prog833.71
4 Proto-Prog723.36
5 Prog Related462.83
6 Eclectic Prog243.63
7 Heavy Prog213.81
8 Prog Folk213.71
9 Psychedelic/Space Rock103.70
10 Progressive Metal93.56
11 RIO/Avant-Prog84.13
12 Neo-Prog73.57
13 Experimental/Post Metal33.00
14 Progressive Electronic24.00
15 Various Genres13.00
16 Canterbury Scene14.00

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