1. How would you classify your music?
It’s tough to classify music, really. I think it depends on the song. At my shows I’ll play an Americana-type song, or a song that’s more bluesy. Or something that sounds more like folk. So it’s a combination of a lot of things.
2. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
There’s a lot more than five, but in no particular order, The Band, Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Johnny Cash.
3. What do you want fans to take from your music?
People take their own meanings from songs, so I really think that’s up to the listener. But I think the best time to listen to music is while riding in a car, so if people listen to my CD while they’re in the car, train, bus, or plane, I’m happy.
4. Can you tell us a bit about your latest album? When will it be released and how does it differ from your previous work?
I’ve been working on a lot of songs, with no set date on release yet. They’ve got more parts to them – a little longer, faster, more instruments (but not too many) – than those on NOB.
5. What do you love and hate about the Music Business?
Love: You can always find new music somewhere.
Hate: Losing guitar picks – you can never find one when you need one.
6. What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
The Avett Brothers and Brandi Carlile played at Summer Set a few years ago – they’re a great concert when they team up.
The thing I like most about playing live is meeting the people that come. Concerts are a place where different kinds of people get together for a minute and forget everything else that’s going on. It’s a different kind of state.
7. Is there a song on this latest CD that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
I thought “I Don’t Know About You” was my favorite to record. From the beginning it sounded like a needed a little banjo part and it fit into the song quite well.
8. How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years?
I’ve learned that even when you’re writing a song you might not think is the best, to just keep writing it. See where it goes. If you decide not to ever play it live, that’s fine.
9. If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
I’d love to meet the Avett Brothers, or play a song with them at some point. You can tell they live and breathe music.
10. So tell us what’s next?
Hopefully we will be playing in Austin, TX come March!