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Born: 1973-06-18
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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When I pick up the guitar, it's a melody, and that's what drives the lyrics. It's bits and pieces of truth, but it is storytelling.

Tags: Guitar, Pick, Truth

When I think of folk music, I think of topical songs. And I don't write topical songs.

Tags: Music, Songs, Write

I always felt, as a listener at a show, that when there was too much banter between the artist and the audience that it detracted from the show. I more enjoyed shows where the guys came out and they just played.

Tags: Artist, Between, Show

I was really lost for a while in my teens. I was angry. But when I found music - Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell - it was a new discovery. It was a door to this other world where I wanted to be.

Tags: Angry, Lost, Music

In order to get a note out, I have to dig deep, and I mean that on an emotional level. To physically sing, I have to get somewhere deep before I can do it.

Tags: Deep, Emotional, Mean

The label doesn't do anything but put your record in the store, that's all they do. And tell you, you don't have a single... and tell you, it's not gonna sell... that's what the label does.

Tags: Put, Single, Tell

Well... you know, I love motorcycles. They're just beautiful, and there's a certain craftsmanship in older bikes, older Triumphs or BSAs or Norton. I'm just very attracted to it.

Tags: Beautiful, Love, Older

Writing songs is not something I wanted to share with people for a long time. It was precious to me. I didn't want someone to crush it. I waited until I felt strong enough to take the criticism.

Tags: Someone, Strong, Time

You can make bad choices and find yourself in a downward spiral or you can find something that gets you out of it.

Tags: Bad, Choices, Yourself

The thing I love about music is that you can take things that are painful, deep things that hurt you, and you can turn them into something beautiful.

Tags: Beautiful, Love, Music

You have to believe in yourself before anybody else believes in you.

Tags: Anybody, Else, Yourself

I probably wouldn't be a songwriter if I didn't grow up the way I did. It was difficult and it was at times very scary to grow up in a household so unsettled and at times very violent. But, it also, I guess it earned me a sort of wisdom at a young age that's served me well.

Tags: Age, Wisdom, Young

Every song asks to be sung in a different way.

Tags: Asks, Song, Sung

I am very self-critical, but that's a good thing because it keeps me growing as a human being and as a musician.

Tags: Good, Growing, Human

I can't get excited by my own music. It's impossible.

Tags: Excited, Impossible, Music

I don't like myself, and I don't like to be looked at.

Tags: Looked

I don't really think of myself as a folk singer.

Tags: Folk, Singer

I feel calm when I'm on my own.

Tags: Calm

I have a strong sense of self, but that's not a negative thing.

Tags: Negative, Self, Strong

I need space between me and the audience - and the more space the better.

Tags: Audience, Between, Space

I want to be in control of my own destiny.

Tags: Control, Destiny

I want to write music that will outlive me.

Tags: Music, Outlive, Write

I'd much rather be playing songs than talking to people.

Tags: Playing, Rather, Talking

I'm a private person.

Tags: Private

I'm a very emotional person.

Tags: Emotional

I'm very uncomfortable in my own skin.

Tags: Skin
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It bugs me that people think my songs are personal because it means I have to explain myself all the time.

Tags: Means, Personal, Time

It's so easy to get caught up in your own experiences. They can seem so important. But there are billions and billions of other experiences going on.

Tags: Caught, Easy, Seem

My backstory is so tedious.

Tags: Tedious

My voice sucks. I don't like the tone.

Tags: Sucks, Tone, Voice

Social situations, for me - it's very natural for me to be an observer. That's where I'm most comfortable. I observe things.

Tags: Natural, Situations, Social

There's a real sense of desperation when you grow up in poverty.

Tags: Poverty, Real, Sense

We all have that inner voice that is wise, even if we don't always follow it. It's that voice I'm trying to listen to.

Tags: Trying, Voice, Wise
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