Al was born on a farm near Ridgeville in southern Manitoba, Canada. At 8 years of age he started singing and yodeling Wilf Carter tunes. He learned from listening to old 78’s on a crank gramophone. A year later his dad bought him a guitar for two bucks! During his younger years he played at local community events and dances. Al’s love of music and horses has always been with him.
Al took a 40 year “coffee break” from performing, and in the fall of 1996 he fulfilled a life long dream. He met Shirley Field and joined her for a concert at the O’Keefe Ranch, near Vernon BC, and following that concert he toured with Shirley for a year. He rekindled his interest in performing the old “Cowboy Music” and you can catch Al at various Cowboy Festivals throughout Western Canada.