June 6th, 2014
I was born in Kansas City, Missouri, one of the blues strong-holds of the industrial North in the 40s. I was raised in St. Louis, another big blues city. An early passion was rock & roll & I became an avid record collector & have attended hundreds of rock & blues concerts. My biggest influence is Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, but I also love the Beatles, Stones, Neil Young, Richard Thompson & R.E.M. The picture you see here is of B.B. King & myself. I graduated from St. Louis University with a major in broadcast communications & I married my high school sweetie in 1970. I became a book store manager & did that for 12 years. My job took us to East Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada, where we lived for 15 years. I helped found a blues society & co-hosted a blues radio show on KUNV-FM at University Of Nevada. My wife’s job brought us to lovely East Tennessee in 1990. I volunteered at WUTK-FM for several years, co-hosted a Grateful Dead show and hosted “Blue Monday” for 2 & 1/2 years. I helped found the Knoxville Blues Society in 1996. I’ve known Tony Lawson for many years & he knew I was interested in helping get WDVX on the air & he let me begin hosting Johnny Mack’s Friday Night Blues Attack! in January, 1998. Ruth & I have three beautiful & brilliant children, of whom we couldn’t be prouder. Please feel free to e-mail me with musical suggestions & requests. If it’s blues, I’ve got it.