cosmic country journey began as he sprouted up in rural Pennsylvania
and southern Ohio. He soon outgrew the scenery and moved to Columbus,
Ohio where he met kindred spirits on the local music scene. After spending
several years in the legendary "Ronald Koal and the Trillionaires",
he was soon looking for a more rootsy/country band to scratch his itch.
"Rickey Barnes and the Hootowls" became that back scratchin' band. Equipped
with hay bales and an upright bass fiddle, the Hootowls played barns
& club dates warming up for the likes of Rank N' File and many other
early alt-country greats, with Dave Schramm often joining in on lap
steel guitar. Todd felt he was out-growing his britches in Ohio (ouch!),
and he moved to New York City to play in the Ska band "Cryin' Out Loud".
C.O.L found themselves the first independent label band to have a video
on MTV in regular rotation. Once again the britches shrunk. So Todd
joined Dave Schramm's group "The Schramms" and recorded with them on
their first CD "Walk To Delphi" on Okra records. Still in a growing
spurt, Todd formed and fronted a surf band "The Dragsters".
He left the Schramms when "The Dragsters" received a recording deal
from Great Jones/Island records.....Loads of touring, surfing, and sun
followed. Enter Kevin Salem of Dumptruck, Freedy Johnston, and Yo La
Tengo fame. Kevin asked Todd to join his group, and they soon landed
a recording deal with Roadrunner records via Jeff Pachman. Todd appeared
on Kevin's first CD "Soma City," produced by Nico Bolas (of Neil Young
fame), playing guitar and singing harmony vocals with Syd Straw . The
KS band played on national tours supporting The Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo,
Wilco, The Bottle Rockets, and many others. Other New York activities
included performing and producing cuts on the Brian Wilson tribute album
"Smiles, Vibes and Harmony", and teaming up with virtuoso
jazz guitarist/mandolin player Peter Brazier in a 1920's/Django-style
group "The String Tickers". Soon the growing pains started
again and sunny California started callin' Todd's name. He flipped coasts
and formed a band of all-star Bay Area musicians called, yes, you guessed
it, "The Cowlicks." Don't worry though, he's all grown-up now, and the
Cowlicks are here to stay.