As a young child growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Don's start into songwriting was just a few words and humming tunes. It was not until he was fourteen that he discovered guitar and songwriting. Don recalls his first song as being inspired by tragedy - the injury of a dog on a busy Baltimore city street. This event has had a lasting affect on Don's style and theme of many of his songs. His songs sometimes reflect a "dark and edgy" subject matter.
Don's admiration for what he refers to as the Texas Troubadours, (Clark, Olney, Townes, and of course, Steve Earle), is evident in many of his tunes. He will readily share his story about sharing a ride with Steve Earle from Charlotte, NC to MerleFest, North Wilkesboro, NC., and the effect this chance meeting has had on his craft.
Don's tune, Lord in the Morning, was picked up by Sunset Gallery Music (BMI). After signing a single song contract with Sunset, the song was pitched to Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long. The song, Lord in the Morning, became the title track of their CD. The song was nominated as a 2014 Dove Award contender for Bluegrass Grass Gospel Song of the Year by the Gospel Music Association. DOVE
Don's last project, One Eye Open with the Carolina Crushers, was completed featuring Don's tunes, except one cover "Bed of Roses." All tunes were performed by David Childers as lead vocalist, along with Don and Leroy Lewis on Lead and Bass, with Tom Root on Drums. Recording and mixing done at Trainwrecker Studio in Cornelius, NC.