Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest (2011)
Picking up his first musical instrument at the age of two, Earl's fate was sealed. He began his professional career at the age of fifteen, demonstrating Hammond organs at the Edmonton Mall. A year later he played at the Orange County Pop Festival opening for the Guess Who, Ten Years After, Privilage, and Wishbone Ash. He played for a year with Gary Fjellgaard, and toured with various night club acts.
Throughout the 1980s Earl played solo piano and became involved in musical theatre which included projects in West Side Story, Porgy and Bess, Nunsense, and Beauty and the Beast. Gaining experience in production and recording, he then worked with Jack Lenz on recording projects in Toronto, Montreal, Buffalo, Detroit and New York working with Toronto players Kevin McKenzie and David Delch. He also produced, arranged and recorded the Darcy West single Cheating Ourselves Out Of Love which won the 1986 David Foster song writing competition. In the 90s Earl became involved in the musical film industry, co-writing the music for the CBC television series "Northlands." He was also involved with countless documentaries and industrial television and video projects.
Earl spent two years at the University of Lethbridge studying music theory, harmony, and history. He spent six years researching music in cultural development with special emphasis on the use of music in treatment of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Autism. Earl currently teaches music, home based in Cochrane, Alberta.
In the past Earl has played with such greats as Bo Diddley, Eddie Clearwater, Long John Baldry, Michelle Wright, Patricia Conroy, Kathy McDonald, Steve Wariner, Joyce Smith, Rhythm Pals, and Big George Moody. He has opened shows for the Ike and Tina Turner Review, April Wine, Ricky Scaggs, Buffy St. Marie, Edgar Winter/Rick Derringer Band, Chilliwack, the Desert Rose Band, Steve Wariner, and the Little River Band.
Joining Texas Flood in 2006, Earl has been known to mesmorize the crowd with his awe-inspiring keyboard playing. His impeccable time and feel sends shivers down one's spine, and his rythmic additons to the band graciously fills out the "holes." Indeed, Earl is quickly becoming adored by Texas Flood fans, and he is a must-see for any music lover.
He is also affectionately known as "Good Pooch."