What is your earliest memory?
Living in the dry, flat desert of the West Texas countryside.My grandfather raised me and I would wait for him to come home from work.He would always have some treat or food for me, which meant the world to me at four or five years old.
If you weren’t a musician, what other profession would you choose?
I actually wanted some sort of job with NASA. Ironically, I guess I would be out of a job now as well, with the space program losing interest.I’ve always been fascinated with the stars and space travel.
Describe a typical work day.
Rehearsing new material, booking shows, and lots of phone and email time.Making sure my voice is in shape, singing and songwriting with evening performances to finish the night.It’s a great life!
Is there a time you wish you’d lied?
I guess my answer is somewhat of a paradox since I would be lying if I said I never wished that.So yes, I guess there have been times in my life that telling the truth hurt, but I suppose in the end it was and is the right thing to do…
What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?
“Look.Music is going to be your life… so why not start acting on it and start playing the guitar!” (I didn’t actually start playing music until I was 16.)
If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?
Jeff Buckley’s Grace.
What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?
Reverb Nation, YouTube, and Twitter.
From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?
My grandparents, who came from poverty to a foreign country and started a new life from scratch, while raising seven children in a two bedroom home.
Name three books that have impacted your life.
Winning Ugly, by Brad Gilbert.
Onward, by Howard Schultz.
The Holy Bible.
If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?
The day my parents surprised me and bought me an electric guitar.I tried sleeping in bed with it I was so attached.
If you could collaborate with any other artist, regardless of genre, who would it be?
Paul McCartney, or John Lennon if he was still alive.
What makes you feel most guilty?
Making someone cry.
How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?
I always love listening to great vocalists and attempting to capture the same passion and intensity that they do.
Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind Love is in the Bones.
Last year my grandfather, who raised me, passed away, so the Day of The Dead holiday really hit me hard.I took the theme, dedicated the album to his memory.I wrote material that reflected that same idea of killing off part our own hearts in order to make room for new life, and then celebrating the blossoming of revival.
What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?
Never believe in something just because someone over you has forced you to, such as parents or some other authority figure.Otherwise you won’t have your own beliefs to stand on.
List your favorite in the following categories: Comedian, Musician, Author, Actor.
Jerry Seinfeld, John Lennon, Stephen King, Al Pacino.
If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?
I would travel either to Japan or Jamaica — two countries I absolutely love — and soak in as much of both cultures as possible.Then I would write a double album with two completely different vibes.
What do you want to know?
Who killed JFK.
What would you like your last words to be?
I love you.
Please explain what will happen.
I will continue to tour and promote Love Is in the Bones and perform live music until the day I die.