“Eminence speakers bring my amps to life… period. The way they’re SUPPOSED to sound!”
A native son of Nashville and of two musician parents, it almost seems like Derek couldn’t help but dive in to the music business himself. After a brief stint in college pursuing a “real” degree, Derek came home when he was 19 to concentrate on music full time… It proved to be the right choice.
After kicking around town for a year, and honing his craft, Derek won an audition to become lead guitarist and musical director for Mulit-Platinum MCA artist Josh Turner… a position he would hold for 5 years. During his tenure there and since then, Derek has also been called to perform and/or recorded with artists like: Dolly Parton (her latest album: “Backwoods Barbie” and 08 winter tour), Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum, Randy Travis, John Anderson, Julliane Hough, Chynna Phillips, Phil Stacey, Danielle Peck and Katie Armiger among others.
He has also been on national TV shows such as: The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Jay Leno, Grand Ole Opry, CMT: Cross Country, David Letterman, CMT: Road to the Opry, The CMA Awards and The ACM Awards to name a few.
Living in Nashville with his wife, Derek is currently focusing on recording and continuing to do shows with Sara Evans and others.