Derek McCorkell , Guitars,Bass,Keys,Piano,Fiddle,Mandolin,Steel,Dobro,Vocals,Mixing,Mastering,Engineering,
Well I was born in Londonderry in Northern Ireland way back when horses still drew coal on carts lol, actually it was 1953.
I was your typical wild red haired ragamuffin getting into as much trouble as I could. I got interested in music around the age of 14 and my Mother "Bless Her " bought me my first guitar which lasted for about a month until it met a sad end (getting smashed over my brother's head for laughing at me trying to play it ).
That didn't deter me though ,I saved up all the pennies I could and eventually bought myself a new one, thus the musical journey began.I practiced diligently every spare minute much to the disdain of my family (they really suffered a lot),by the age of 18 I was doing my thing on the Irish Club circuit every week playing the covers of the day and earning a crust or two. I joined a few bands and eventually ended up playing bass in a Rock band, we toured all over the place playing to audiences large & small. We never got to be famous or startlingly rich but it was fun.
We opened for lots of more famous names (which I won't mention here ) as that would be bragging LOL. Things settled down for a few years and I began writing my own songs strangely enough in the Country Genre. I found a new love for Country music which has lasted to this very day.
I moved to Minnesota in the early part of 2008 and got married to my wife Dixie (herself an accomplished songwriter) Together we run a Country Music Radio promotions Company called Triplestrand Productions .
So all in all with over 30 years experience in the music business in one form or another you could say "I've paid my Dues "