Since 1991, I’ve been playing bass, guitar, harmonica & writing songs for the Northern Virginia-based folk-rock/acoustic pop quartet Eddie from Ohio. Teaming up with lifelong friend Robbie Schaefer (our first band dates back to the fifth grade and we would continue together with musical acts through junior high, high school & college) and fellow 9 to 5er Julie Murphy (now Wells) after crashing a Robbie solo show with some vocal harmonies. We pulled in JMU friend Eddie Hartness on hand percussion after one practice, and had our first gig by February 3, 1991.
For the past quarter of century, EFO grew from a local bar band to a nationally touring act. Recording nine CDs, garnering as many Washington Area Music Awards, playing the main stages of The Philadelphia Folk Festival & Telluride, as well as headlining venues from the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco to numerous appearances at our hometown Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, we have lived beyond our dreams.
Since 2005, we’ve slowed down to a more part time act, but remain close and bring great enthusiasm to all the stages we play. Not a bad way to spend half my life.