How would you classify your music?

You know this question ought to be easy, but it’s the toughest one we get. If I could just create a category, I’d probably call it Southern Americana. We’ve been classified by others as “Americana” and “Rock”. We’re certainly cool with those as well.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Pearl Jam shows me to be unafraid to emote through music. Lyle Lovett, how to artfully approach lyrics and trust the listener. Jason Isbell challenges me to be vulnerable. Don Williams reminds me to be humble. The Civil Wars warn me there just might be some shit you shouldn’t sing about.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I want them to listen to the stories told by my lyrics and, when applicable, know they are not alone. Alone sucks.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

We have amazing musicians here in Central Texas, most far more talented than me! Economic factors and of course the pandemic have tempered it, but its good. And it’s getting better.

When did you know you were destined for music?

My parents gave each other a camcorder for Christmas when I was 14 months old. I ignored my gifts, but stole the microphone attachment from the camcorder and started singing into it immediately. I haven’t stopped singing since then. Exhibit A…

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band put on an outdoor concert on Pier 6 in the Baltimore Harbor. It was magical. I was a little disappointed he didn’t play his song “Baltimore” though. Seemed like a real missed opportunity. Good news though… I have managed to forgive Lyle for this betrayal and find the strength to move on with my life.

If I sweat a lot while eating dinner in public, I’m “disgusting”. But if it happens while I’m playing live music, I’m just “really getting into it”. That’s way better.

Is there a song on your latest release that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?  

“Old Man”. It’s tough to listen to… it’s the story of the failure of my musical theater career. There was an old man who played guitar at the 61st St. Station of the 1-9 line when I lived in New York City. I remember looking down on him, thinking I would never be so broken down and pitiful. However, as the song posits, opportunity, promise and memories fade. During the bridge of the song, I take his place as The Old Man as he passes. The use of the station (David Allan Coe would be proud) is intended to invoke the image of the train, moving fast and unavoidably down the track, much like time.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

I’ve grown in confidence. It sounds silly, but the uniqueness of my sound, my style, bothered me for years. That’s why I’m off to a bit of a late start. These days however, I not only tolerate the fact I’m a bit different, I relish in it.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be and why?  

I’d love to meet, write, and drink a pitcher of iced tea with Jason Isbell. Ten years later, I have so many questions about Southeastern, and how one soul, one brain could create such a masterpiece.

What’s next for you?  

I’m also a trial attorney who has written a play about, wait for it… being a trial attorney. Rehearsals started this week for a local theater company who is brave enough to put it on. I’m going to help them out with that and falsely blame my wife if any of the lines sound really stupid from the stage.

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