Fast forward 15 years, and Rod is already writing his own songs in his typical teenage bedroom. Like most kids, he started off strumming his way through the Beatles Songbook. The rest is a sequence of bands playing (vaguely in order) punk rock, bluegrass, Cajun, and western swing. Rod's current band, The 309s, plays a range of styles that became the roots of rock 'n' roll: Jump blues (the original R&B),swing jazz, country, boogie, honky-tonk, early rockabilly and a load of other stuff that can hardly be pigeonholed. The band's name comes from the Johnny Cash song "With The 309".