Derek has been singing, playing guitar and writing songs since his teen age years. He grew up as a “rocker” but made the commitment to acoustic music, specifically bluegrass, at the dawn of the millennium.
In 2006, Derek co-founded the traditionally minded bluegrass band The High 48s. In 2011 he was asked to join Monroe Crossing. His musical travels have taken him to every corner of the contiguous United States as well as Canada, Europe and South Korea. He has even performed in Carnegie Hall....twice!
When he’s not busy with Monroe Crossing, Derek performs in various forms: solo, duet and ensemble. All acoustic, all grass, all the time!