Please explain what just happened.
I woke up after a long day filled with tornadoes in Oklahoma. Scary stuff.
What is your earliest memory?
My earliest memory is sitting on the living room floor listening to my dad play guitar.
If you weren’t a singer/songwriter, what other profession would you choose?
A professional athlete or psychologist.
Describe a typical work day.
On tour: Drive 3-5 hours to the next city, load in around 4pm, soundcheck at 5pm, maybe go to the hotel for an hour, have some dinner…possibly an alcoholic beverage of some sort, change guitar strings, call home, write a set list on a napkin or leftover paper backstage because I never seem to have blank paper, 9/10pm play the show, 11:30pm hang with fans and meet everyone at the merch booth, load up and go to hotel around 2am, wake up 8/9am and do it all again!
Is there a time you wish you’d lied?
No. 99% of the time the truth is the best…except when a girl asks you if you like or dislike a particular outfit she’s trying on.
What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?
Enjoy the next 8 years because they’re some of the best years of your life…and appreciate your parents!
If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?
Gold, by Ryan Adams.
What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?
From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?
Both of my grandfathers have had a huge impact on my life. They taught me how hard work will pay off.
Name three books that have impacted your life.
On The Road, by Jack Kerouac.
So You Wanna Be a Rock N Roll Star.
Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger.
If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?
Playing the Late Show with David Letterman because it was on the same stage in the same theater that the Beatles performed.
How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?
Wow! You guys are tough! Does it have to be 6? Haha!
Kevin Bacon was in the movie Footloose. Footloose featured songs by Kenny Loggins.
Kenny Loggins’ song ‘Celebrate Me Home’ was featured on American Idol after my song, ‘Best Days.’
Does that count?
What makes you feel most guilty?
Eating dessert… at multiple meals.
How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?
I think every artist is inspired by other artists and I’m a music fan, so I’m always absorbing everything I can.
Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind your new album Pacific Coast Eyes?
I wanted to make an album that felt lighter and more open. A warmer, sunnier album. I was inspired by Dennis Wilson’s album Pacific Ocean Blue starting with the title and album cover. It was soooo cool!
What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?
The same advice I give myself every day. It’s about quality over quantity if you want to have a long-term career.
List your favorite in the following categories:
Comedian- Jerry Seinfeld.
Musician- Ryan Adams.
Author- Jack Kerouac.
Actor- Robert Redford.
If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?
I would make exactly the same album I would make with no budget and complete creative license. It’s a beautiful thing being independent again!
What do you want to know?
What would you like your last words to be?
“I love you.”
Please explain what will happen.
I’m gonna get some coffee!