Hi, I am Rock The Roadie and I have been blessed with a career in the music business that has spanned more than 30 years. Of course, it’s not the career of which I had dreamed. You see, like a large percentage of the roadie population, I was an aspiring musician. I was a 19 year old kid from Frankfort, IN who loved writing and performing music.
Now that fact alone doesn’t make me unique. You’d be amazed at how many fledgling roadies started out that way. And who could blame them, numerous hours have been wasted in pursuit of less loftier, unfulfilling career choices. Fortunately for me, I came to a realization very early on that I wasn’t a very good singer or musician. Those 8 simple words likely saved me countless hours, days, and years wasted pursuing a dream that would never be fulfilled.
With the dream of performing diminishing, I was faced with a huge problem. I loved being around it all. The electricity in the air backstage right before a performance is a feeling every human should experience. I loved that feeling, and I was willing to do whatever it took to feel that energy on a regular basis. I had to be a part of that excitement in whatever way I could, and I certainly wasn’t going to let a little thing like not having enough talent keep me from what I considered to be my destiny. So with that attitude in place I decided to become a roadie and haven’t looked back!
“Somebody Has To Do It”
Imagine a room filled with 1000 people all trying to figure out a problem. 999 of them will say ” I don’t know what’s wrong” or “It’s not my job”. The one who stands up and says “Give me a soldering iron, (6) 30 amp three pin twist locks, bailing wire, duct tape, and a pot of black coffee” and ten minutes later is sitting cross legged on the floor sipping his coffee, with a smile, thinking ‘I wonder how much time I have before they’ll need me again’. When somebody has to do it, there’s only one in a thousand that can, That’s a Roadie.
July 1997 – Present
Artist: Alan Jackson
Position: Guitar Tech, Backline
June 1993 – July 1997
Artist: Harry Connick Jr.
Position: Stage Manager, Backline
July 1995 – December 1995
Artist: John Tesh
Position: Guitar Tech
February 1990 – May 1993
Artist: Pirates of the Mississippi
Position: Stage Manager, Monitor Engineer, Backline
May 1983 – March 1990
Artist: Henry Lee Summer
Position: Lighting Director, Stage Manager, Drum Tech, Tour Manager
June 1991 – August 1991
Artist: Tony, Toni, Tone (Club MTV Tour)
Position: Stage Manager, Drum Tech
August 1986 – Present
Position: Freelance Lighting Director, Stage Manager, Backline