In 1951, while just 17 years old, he moved to Hemet, California where he became a horticulturist at teh Howard Rose Company. That gave him the opportunity to start picking and singing at the country night spots that dotted the landscape in southern California. The audiences seemed to like his style, so he continued his musical journey.
By 1967, he had appeared in venues in Las Vegas such as the Ares Club, Arthur's Club and the Blue Room.
In the Los Angeles area, he was a guest many times on the Squeakin' Deacon's show that was heard over radio station KFOX. He also appeared on Cal's Corral show that aired over KTLA.
He entertained the radio audiences for a year with his band over radio station KHSJ in Hemet.