Al is a singer, songwriter, musician, cowboy poet and luthier. Al was born in Drumheller, grew up on a farm near Rocky Mountain House and currently resides in Calgary. While living on the farm, he taught himself to play the guitar and harmonica, to sing and compose songs. He continued to expand his musical interests by taking lessons on guitar, banjo, bass, accordion, mandolin and fiddle; also playing in local dance bands.
In his early years, Al had the opportunity to play bass for some of the top Grand Ole Oprey stars such as George Jones, Merle Travis, Red Foley and others. Al continues to perform with his current dance band ‘Rusty Wires’ and does singles and duets at cowboy poetry gatherings corporate and private functions.
Al has released 7 CD’s, has appeared on two Cowboy Country TV episode and is the recipient of the AMOCM Lifetime Achievement Award for 2009. When not involved with performing, Al repairs and builds musical instruments.