About Don Driver
Don Driver began collecting vinyl before he was two years old, at one point amassing over 1200 45s from his siblings and family (usually without their consent) while he could barely walk. When it was discovered that he learned to read off of record labels, however, his family indulged him graciously, and soon a succession of close-and-play phonographs and records followed suit.
By the age of five, his tastes had already taken serious shape, with his siblings often having to buy him the latest by James Taylor, Carole King, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Steve Miller, Joni Mitchell and similar artists-if only to avoid having their copies scratched up. His sister Carole had to bribe him at the age of six with two albums – “Train Songs”by Johnny Cash and The Doors’ “Morrison Hotel” – before he would participate in her wedding. Being the son of a Methodist minister ensured that his life was filled with plenty of singing and hymns were always a favorite part of the service for him. Eventually he began participating in plays and concerts, as well as studying piano, guitar and drums but always preferring to sing above all else, and even writing a rap with a religious theme as part of his performance in “Godspell”in high school.
Radio was a big influence as well and he would often host imaginary programs at home to amuse family and friends, often making up commercials on the spot while spinning two jerry-rigged turntables. After high school, Done attended school at Emerson College where he perfected his craft, and hosted many programs on the two college stations. Reggae, folk, punk, blues and soul music were among his many passions (and continue to be), and he spent countless hours scouring used records stores along with kindred spirits in between school and radio programs.