For a long time I was interested in being a social worker. In a lot of ways I feel that that's all my music is, trying to help people.
I don't know what other people are like, I haven't been able to crawl inside anybody else.
I've always been aware of having feelings that were pretty intense at times. I imagine most people have had that, or they wouldn't be human.
Maybe I spent more time dwelling on emotions than some people, and maybe that's why I ended up writing.
I don't describe myself as a Christian or religious, but I like to think that how I live my life is honest.
Most of the music you hear on the radio today is developed for making money. It doesn't feel true or honest. You can feel it in the music.
Turn off the TV and start digging around for information that's not from a corporation trying to make money.
I honestly don't listen to a lot of music - I spend so much time working at my own music.
If something bothers me, it bothers me for a long time until I find a way to work it out. Music provided me with a means of working things out.
This is how it has been since time began: If you want to make something really worthwhile and true, then you have to suffer for it.
I was mainly influenced by the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and others like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash.
Making the record was tons of fun, the most fun I've ever had.
Writing, overall, has never been what I'd call fun. It's fulfilling. It doesn't come real easy for me.
I never set out to write songs about the world around me... it just kind of came about as a result of paying more attention to things.