Watercolor portrait above by Noel Thomas, 2008
The Short Form
I live on a 41' boat in beautiful Astoria, Oregon. I moved here from Los Angeles in 2007 and love it! I spend a lot of time, 90 miles away in Portland, playing keyboards for many different singer/songwriters, live and in the studio. I perform my own songs from time to time around town as well. I also promote independent music and advocate for performing songwriters by supporting small venues and house concerts. It is my primary passion, to keep the heart of music alive in a time when art has become a commodity. And to pay the bills along the way, I am wildly fortunate to use my creativity, building Web sites, creating graphics for posters and CDs, photographing and video taping shows. I am slightly OCD, ADD, and I love bunnies.
The Less Short Form
I was born on the 20th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1961. I am an artist, an Internet professional, graphic
designer, musician, and music promoter. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, to parents, Jim and Marie Docherty and have an older brother, Jimmy, who lives in Connecticut with his wife, Patricia, and daughter, Casey.
I have been writing and playing music for over 35 years. I made my debut with the Alternative Chorus Songwriters
Showcase at the world-famous Improvisation on Melrose in 1976. Fresh out of high school, I went to work at Capitol Records, first as a mail clerk, then as a recording assistant. Around the same time, I worked with the late, great Jack Segal (who wrote
"When Sunny Gets Blue", among many other Tin-Pan Alley favorites) at the American Guild of Authors and Composers while
Segal was the west coast president. My first original song was published in 1982 by Kin Vasey, for an ill-fated Motels cut. I have played
on scores of recordings and in countless venues since. I have been fortunate enough to have played with great artists,
such as Edgar Winter, Tony Award winner Scott Waara, Lifehouse and Jason Wade, international opera star, Juliana Gondek,
Kate Miner and her then husband, internationally acclaimed bassist, David Miner (Leon Russell, producer of
Elvis Costello's King of America), Ron Aniello (producer), Jack Kelly (internationally acclaimed drummer), the late, great Dave McKelvy
(one of the top harmonica players ever), Mitchell Sigman from Berlin, British rocker, Steve Counsel (L.A. Guns) and many more.
In 2003, I played keyboards on tour with Mary Ramsey and John Lombardo, original members of 10,000 Maniacs and John
and Mary and with Ted Mason, of Modern English, The Blue Mocking Birds and president of Mi5 Records. I also toured on keyboards with up and coming country music star, Gis Johannson and Big City, and in 2007, did several memorable gigs with Latin heart-throb,
Roberto Enrique, along with an all-star back-up band.
I have been a salesman, a commercial fisherman, a Deadhead, a member of a cult, a short order cook, a recording
assistant for Capitol Records, a dishwasher, a Conroys flower delivery guy, a Starbucks barista, an independent record
label A/R executive, and built custom fishing rods ScotRods of Morro Bay (and although ScotRods has been out of
business for over 20 years, my work is STILL out there catchin' the big ones!) But through it all, the constant thread
has been music and art. Since that debut at The Improvisation at 16, I have managed to continue playing and writing music
in between the "B-flat gigs" that have paid his bills all these years. And I bring all of these experiences into my work at Redhare.
Reluctantly getting into computers in 1990, I quickly began programming hundreds
of midi-files and learning to
be proficient at digital music at its very beginning. In the mid-90s, I worked with Sound Source Interactive
(TDK MediaActive), which designed sounds for synthesizers, and pioneered computer audio clips, including officially
licensed Star Trek, Star Wars, and 2001: A Space Odyssey computer products. I have been designing and building web
sites since 1996. I was an integrator, promoted shortly to producer at Disney Online, working on the Number One
entertainment web site on the 'Net. In 1998, I started my own business called Red Hare Graphics. After over 15
years, and now known as simply "Redhare", I still design, host and maintain web sites for dozens of clients from around the country, and
create logos and graphics for companies like Yahoo, McDonald's, Taco Bell, Paramount Studios, General Motors, and
many more. You can view my complete portfolio here on this Web site.
In 2007, I moved to Oregon, where I opened an art gallery and live music venue. It was through that relatively short (but illustrious) experience that I came to fall in love with the community of performing songwriters in the Pacific Northwest. Today, I live and work on my 41' Hatteras motor yacht on the beautiful John Day River, just outside of Astoria, Oregon. I am the official Web, photo, and graphics guy for Artichoke Music, and will hold a series of premier concerts there in 2012.
The Super Not Short Form
I am in the very slow process of writing a book about life and music. I will keep you posted as it develops!
Be sure to friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.