Since my first encounter with a Mickey Mouse guitar when I was 3 years old, I’ve been obsessed with music. When middle school and puberty hit, I finally got my parents to buy me an acoustic guitar, then begged them for a year to buy me an electric guitar. I guess all the nagging paid off.
I studied classical guitar at VCU in Richmond, VA, and left to pursue the touring musician dream. Along the way, I picked up a love for two other instruments, the piano, and later…
The Pedal Steel Guitar. I always swore one day I’d learn to play. Well, the straw that broke the camel’s back was when I watched Stephen McCarthy sit in on a Horsehead record (Before The Bright Lights). I went out two weeks later and bought my first steel, and I’ve been on a learner’s permit since.
Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to play with Horsehead, The Dragstrip Syndicate, Dorthia Cottrell, Jonathan Vassar, Rob Huddleston, Paulo Franco, Chris Leggett, Eric Hunter, and many more. I’ve played in almost every state in the union, slept on more floors than my poor back would like to remember, and had a blast along the way.
These days, I’m definitely home in my native Richmond, VA a lot more, raising a family with my wife, and doing a lot more session work as a result. I always appreciate the challenge of learning a new song, coming up with parts, and feeling like I’m adding something good into the world.
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Kevin Wade Inge