AGE: The same age as my favorite guitar, the ’57 Fender Stratocaster! (OK, 61.)

OCCUPATION: Musician, writer, radio disc jockey (on WHJY/94HJY,) and teacher in different order, depending on the time and day.

RESIDENCE: Hope Valley.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: East Providence.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Recording my new album!!

I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Writing and performing music, writing poetry, and building New England farm-style stonewalls.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Taking care of my parents in the last years of their lives.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being as kind and loving as I could be, and always trying my best to make the world a better place.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: My bucket is overflowing, but I’d say right now seeing the Grand Canyon.

I ALWAYS CARRY: Two guitar picks, a Fisher Space Pen, a little notebook, and a really old pocketknife.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: The fifth Beatle. I’m not kidding.

PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOST INFLUENCED ME: Hands down, my maternal grandfather, Philip Russo. I’m still using and learning from the lessons he taught me just by being an incredible role model.

FAVORITE AUTHORS: Ernest Hemingway and Robert Frost.

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: "Lonesome Dove," by Larry McMurtry and "Can You Feel the Silence?" (a Van Morrison biography) by Clinton Heylin) – so a novel about American cowboys and a biography about the Belfast cowboy!

I AM LISTENING TO: Well, lots of mixes of my demo recordings, but I constantly listen to Mark Knopfler’s solo albums.

FAVORITE MOVIE: "Mr. Blanding Builds His Dream House," is at the top right now.


FAVORITE TV SHOW: Well, I binge watch streaming series, so right now it’s "Peaky Blinders," but when all is said and done, it’s "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

FAVORITE RADIO SHOW: Can I say mine? Ok, my boss won’t be happy unless I say it’s EVERY show on 94HJY!

FAVORITE SONG/GENRE OF MUSIC: Good old rock and roll, but I’m very eclectic. I always fall back on the three Bs – Beatles, Bacharach, and Bossa Nova. That kind of covers everything.

TOP COMFORT FOOD: Lasagna. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and dessert, too, with an espresso!

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook and Instagram. My niece tried to teach me how to use Snapchat, but I failed miserably.

TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty, loyalty, and kindness.

PET PEEVES: Dishonesty, disloyalty, and unkindness.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: "All you need is love," — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and the Beatles.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The stunning beauty. The southwest corner of our state is magnificent, from the pastoral gifts of Hope Valley to the deep New England history of lovely Westerly.


LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I’m a beauty school dropout. Really. I am.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Well, everything my grandfather told me. Other than that, when I went for my first singing lesson, the teacher asked why I was there. I said because I can’t sing. He said, "Nonsense. If you can talk you can sing." He changed my life in ten seconds.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Be honest, be loyal, be kind, and be yourself!

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: End poverty and war.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Start a philanthropic endeavor, take care of my family and friends, and then go on adventures around the world.

I DRIVE A: White 2018 Toyota RAV4.

I WISH I DROVE A: I’m grateful for what I have … but a ’63 Corvette would be awfully nice.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Supreme Scamorza and a head of romaine lettuce

IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: John Lennon, Robert Frost, Teddy Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Queen Victoria, Rosa Parks, Marilyn Monroe, and Amelia Earhart. I’d just shut up and listen.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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