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Member since: 2/14/2006 • Forum posts: 8232 • Last visit: 1/30/2023 12:13:58 PM EST
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I was born and raised in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. I started playing guitar at 14 and quickly became part of the garage band gang of that neighborhood that included such acquaintances as Stevie Ray & Jimmy Vaughan. I attended Dallas Baptist College and North Texas State University, mainly in order to avoid the draft. Journalism was my major. 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 of their artists. In 1976 I joined Texas Rose, a progressive rock group influenced by Yes and Steely Dan. We put out an indie 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. The band moved to L.A. in 1977 and pursued a record deal there until 1980 when I moved back to Texas. I got married and had 2 wonderful children. I played in a classic rock "weekend warrior band" until 2000 when I hung up the guitar strap for 9 years. In 2009 I started playing bass at my church and that helped me rediscover my love for playing music. I'm now in my 2nd marriage, retired and residing in Forney, east of Dallas. Since my late teens I've been a writer, creating everything from screen/stage plays to novels and children's stories, so contributing reviews for albums is right up my alley. I am a published author of "Teardrops to Rainbows" (an inspirational children's book about overcoming pain and sadness) that's now out of print and I'm a published playwright with a faith-based stage play entitled "The Christmas that Almost Wasn't" still available through Eldridge Plays & Musicals. I've written up "band histories" of all the groups I've been involved in over the decades, and they're posted at [email protected]. I recorded 7 albums of original songs with John Davis under the moniker of Davis-Anderson from 2013 to 2020. They're available to listen to or download on all the major streaming services. Since the summer of 2021 I've been releasing singles of my own material under the moniker of Rollie Tom. There are over 60 of my self-penned compositions available on the same streaming services. I've always loved listening to/discovering new music so finding this site has been a godsend.

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, Donovan, Canned Heat 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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