Talmadge was born and raised in Southern California. He got his first guitar in third grade and received first place in the schools talent show with a band called "The Groovy Group"
In high school he became more interested in rock guitar and started really diving into his craft. After graduating from high school he moved to North Idaho and immediately joined a popular band at the time. He played his first show at a Coeur d'Alene High School dance in 1981.
In 1982 Talmadge attended North Idaho college where he majored in music for two years, focusing on classical guitar and music theory.
Talmadge has been in several top cover bands in the area and also an original band called 12 Stone Alter which played on the radio in the 90's. To this day Talmadge is a driving force in the band "Rock Candy" Where he plays lead/rhythm guitar along with adding vocals.
Talmadge has a huge passion for music and Rock Candy is his current remedy!