My band is the best band in the world, period. So, I insist on every song being better then it is on the record. So by the end of the tour, we have to be playing the song better then how it's recorded.
That happens every time I get behind a guitar, regardless of what I'm saying, 'cause music is freedom and being free is the closest I've ever felt to being spiritual.
Every time feels like my first time. And I just find that the process of it feeds into one's own self-obsession.
Make no mistake about it, making a good record is pure, unadulterated pain. If you fall and break your leg--that's pain. But I'm telling you, the phase between pain and death? That's making a good record. It's extreme.
I refuse to age disgracefully in rock 'n' roll.
I love being on the road, I love playing.
My head works in music, so there's always music there.
Folk is bare bones music.
I grew up listening to spiritual music, Blind Willie Johnson and folk.
I refuse to make uninspired music.
If I'm inspired and music inspires me, then I will continue to play it.
Right now I'm listening to a lot of different things but I listen to a lot of classical music. Eventually I would like to compose and perform classical.
Sometimes I think to talk too much about music almost cheapens it.
The music is in the lead here, and a large part of this, I have no idea what I'm doing. I feel a closer bond with the craft of songwriting, stronger than I ever have.
As long as the songs are strong, I think you can express yourself in any style and have it be soulful and have it be your own voice.