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City/hometown: I was raised in Minneapolis, Minn. and have lived in Glenwood Springs since 1997. Prior to that, I lived in Frisco.Type of music played: I’ll play mostly western music at the opening, but I also play country, folk, ballads, oldies and a fair amount of originals, too.How long have you been a working musician? Since college – it’s my 35th reunion this year, so that tells you how long.How did you start playing the guitar? My dad bought a guitar and he had it sitting in the living room. I started playing songs I liked from the radio, and it grew from there.

Most memorable city, town or country you have played: Nashville, Tenn. Ever break a city or neighborhood noise ordinance? NeverWhat’s the best part of playing Nashville? The audiences are very interested in the songwriter and they are very attentive. They are more likely to sit there and listen to you than talk to their friends.Which three musicians, living or dead, would you jam with if you could? John Denver; Alison Krauss; and Eli Barsi – she’s trying to make the scene in Branson, and she’s just a really great person and a fine musician.What’s the best advice you’ve received in the business? Keep your day job.

Biggest influence: John Denver. Some people I played with in a group used to accuse me of overdosing on John Denver.What message would you like people to hear in your music? Probably just the appreciation of the world we live in.Ever been confused for another musician? Well, I guess there’s more than one musician named Bruce Neumann who spells his name with one “n.”If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Somewhere in WyomingFavoritesJohn Denver song: “The Eagle and the Hawk”



Place in Colorado: The Flat TopsMember of the Outlaws: Willie NelsonColor: GreenFood: I think pizza’s way up there. In my high school yearbook, under my picture, it said, “Eats pizza for breakfast.” I think that probably hasn’t changed.Classical musician: MozartCountry music cliché: I’m not sure if this is a cliché, but I’ve heard this saying in the country music industry: “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.”Movie: “Elvira Madigan.” It’s a love story, and just a beautiful art film. The music soundtrack is like Mozart.Historical figure: Jesus ChristPercussion instrument: Kettle drumOutdoor activity: Skiing


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