Who I am musically I hope will just keep changing and changing.
But I needed to prove to everyone that I was a serious musician.
Right now I really enjoy writing songs.
Right, yeah, you know, my favorite thing just globally about music is just hopefully I'm able to be, you know, blessing the people in any way that I can.
Some of my influences are black gospel artists so I definitely want to do a soul-gospel type thing.
Sometimes I'll get a burst when I write lyrics, it usually happens in 20 minutes and I'll write the whole song, and that's really the only way it feels comfortable.
Well, I got married about two and a half years ago, and that's been a big change in my life.
Well, people who are blues purist types are usually the most vocal and the ones that pop up on the websites.
When you get just that right audience and just that right sound on stage and you can just sit back and kinda just let it happen and it's not really any work. I love those moments. Nothing can beat that for me.
With the style of music that I do, I don't think it's at the top of their agenda to push me into doing any compromising material.
Yeah, but Jesus is the most important thing to me and I want to be bold about it.
You know, being able to, in my mind, have a song that you know doesn't really have any loose ends or you know, extra fat in it, so to speak.
And as I got older and played more, people began to forget about my age and took the music more seriously.
My passion is for playing music and although everyone needs a break sometimes just to keep things interesting and fresh, there's no way I would ever give that up.
My parents had a huge pile of records - vinyl! - that I loved, especially the Motown stuff, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding.
When I began my career, I was constantly referred to as the kid who could play the blues.
During a big rock show, you can flub a few things and nobody will hear it, because it gets buried under everything else.
I've probably gone a month or two without playing guitar, just because I've gotten so burnt on it touring all year or whatever.
I have an awesome church home and an awesome Pastor down in L.A., and I couldn't be happier.
Yeah, touring can get rough some times and draining, but I always have to pinch myself and realize that I'm doing what I love.
Apparently, there's this whole set of disgruntled people but obviously it's not my intention to offend anyone by changing the style of music that I've done.
I'm not a fast, stream-of-consciousness lyricist at all - I know some guys who are, and if there is one skill I wish I had, it's that.
My dad was good friends with the Bad Medicine Blues Band - one of the only blues bands in Fargo, as you can imagine! He took me out to see them play when I was 12 years old and I was really inspired by their guitar player, Ted Larsen.
My dad used to play drums in a country band, and my mom is an incredible singer.
Probably my favorite artists to listen to James Taylor, Stevie Wonder - I haven't gone back in a really long time and really listened to them - my first guitar influences. It's been awhile since I revisited that.
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