They freaked out! I couldn't believe THAT came out of ME! I sang karaoke anywhere I could. I settled down and got married in 2001 and laid it to rest. My husband and I rarely went out, but in January 2003 I discovered the Country Jam at the Hexagon Bar in South Minneapolis and was talked into singng "Walkin' After Midnight". I was there every week for several months-I drove there in a snowstorm to sing one week. Finally, Dan Gaarder got fed up with me not knowing what keys my songs were in; he asked me if I owned a guitar.
I did but I hadn't played it in years. He encouraged me to pick it up again. I started learning how to play and sing simultaneously! I divorced my husband that spring, and met Jon (see Jennifer's friends). We started going to all the Mayslack's open stage Mondays, performing and meeting many well-respected local musicians.
It was there that I met Rich Mattson, Sherwin Linton and Wain McFarlane, people I still am proud to associate myself with to this day. While performing at the Hexagon, I met Richard Gunderson, bass player for the Dieselfitters, who were just getting a jam started at the Eagles' club in South Mineapolis. I started showing up to that, too, working on my stage presence, guitar playing and vocal skills. About a year later, Richard asked me to join the band. I began writing songs in late 2005, with the help of Mr. Dan Gaarder.
His assistance with chord structuring and lyric-writing gave me just the push I needed to begin writing songs on my own; then I asked him to be my guitar player. My friend Kevin's band, the Twin City Playboys, had this great upright bass player named Eric Paulson, who Kevin said would be thrilled to play with me too. My good friend Bill Quinn was enlisted to play steel guitar and dobros. In the fall of '07, Zach Benson started attending the Acoustic Sunday Jam, and wowed us all with his washboard skills.
After hearing Eric say "I just love playin' with that guy!" enough times, we asked Zach to add some percussion. He played his first show with us in January '08 at the Cedar Cultural Center." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..