It's often said that life is strange. But compared to what?.
He's the most well-known thing about the town, and I wanted to do a tribute to him
Rodgers was incredibly heroic, ... I wanted people to discover his music and also to know more about him.
Jimmie was called a hillbilly singer, but that was not his attitude, ... He really had a kind of Gene Vincent attitude and kind of an Elvis attitude. He was a drinker and partied, and he had that joy for life.
My hero is Jimmie Rodgers, ... He should be up there with Walt Whitman.
But I'm able to just keep going, and that's the challenge. It's the next song. And then just enjoying the shows and people who come out to the shows. It's pretty organic, really.
I don't cringe when I think of doing old material. A lot of the people have been with me through the years.
I've had an advantage; I've had a sort of open public acceptance in New York that doesn't happen to just anyone trying to make the transition you were talking about.
I wouldn't be interested in just doing a show that's mapped out and choreographed with a set list. That would've been boring so long ago it just wouldn't be any fun.
And the music, as far as a type of music, it's still pretty viable.
So I played the acoustic guitar and harmonica and stomped my foot and I think I was right in assuming that Greenwich Village would be the best place to perform my own material and possibly get some attention, move on to making records and all.