Playing both originals and cover tunes in bands throughout high school and beyond, Bernie toured the Rocky Mountain states, opening for national acts such as The Steve Miller Band, Badfinger, Quicksilver Messenger Service and It’s A Beautiful Day.
Pencil and paper, guitar, piano, are Bernie’s songwriting tools and his style has been characterized as acoustic pop. His musical influences have been many, with Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs and Kenny Loggins among the strongest. His blending of fluent jazz/pop guitar stylings, memorable hook-oriented songs and his strong vocal performance make for a rich musical experience.
Bernie writes about what he observes - of love gone well and love gone away, of nature and our place in it, of the need for social responsibility, and the many faces of love and kindness.
Bernie’s recent performances include the Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood, the Rotary Concert Series in Wilsonville, a variety of farmers markets, and other CD release events. His live performances often incorporate pop and rock classics from artists such as the Beatles, Crosby Stills and Nash, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Michael Buble, Seal and Train, among many others.
His 2017 release, “From A Dream” includes ten original songs. His previous CD “Alter Ego”, was released in 2002, and features several respected Portland area musicians, including Dan Balmer, Jay Koder, Barry Aiken, Mel Kubik, Gary Ogan and Scott Frost.