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 with the talented Clint Birtzer (Sawtooth Brothers, The High 48s) in a bluegrass duo name Gentlemen Dreadnought.
When not on the stage or on the road Derek is busy "in the office" booking bluegrass music far and wide under the name of D String Productions.