He bought his first guitar at 13 – a $50 hollow body Harmony guitar with a tobacco sunburst paint job.
Despite his talents, Roy never went on tour. He doesn’t regret it – he played with talented musicians in college and said that was “a turning point” for him. His biggest regret lies in trading that sunburst guitar.
He believes he’s owned hundreds of guitars over the decades.
“It’s like a woman with shoes,” Roy jokes. “Each one is a little different. The guitar is a piece of art.”
As he gets older, his love for music hasn’t wavered. He performs with his band Groovatine regularly, and picked up playing the keyboard, bass and other instruments.
“It’s a basic part of my makeup,” Roy says. “I couldn’t imagine not doing it. At a certain point, I’d just feel weird that I wasn’t playing music, and I’d fix that.”