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Born: 1971-07-23
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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Whenever I've chosen a song because it's clever, it's always turned out to be a mistake.

Tags: Clever, Mistake, Song

I don't go there much. You're thrilled that people would recognize what you're doing in such a grand kind of way. But, just like you don't know if anybody's really going to like what you're doing when you put a record out or if anybody's going to pay attention to it, you can't really go there.

Tags: Attention, Pay, Put

I find the songs I want to record by listening to as much music as I can. 'When I hear things I really like, I ask the writers to send me a tape of everything they've ever written.

Tags: Ask, Hear, Music

It's not that I have resisted songwriting, it's just not something I felt I have had to do. I've just not woken up and thought, I must do this. But I have often heard music that I have instantly felt 'I have to sing that song'.

Tags: Music, Often, Thought

Lyrics are kind of the whole thing; it's the message. Something might have a beautiful melody but if it's not the truth coming out of your mouth, it's not appealing.

Tags: Beautiful, Truth, Whole

When it's open and honest, that's when the real nature of who you are as a vocalist or as a performer, all of that stuff can finally start to become what it's supposed to be. Like a settling into yourself. It's not even a musical thing, it's a whole mindset, a whole acceptance of who you were supposed to be. Life sounds good.

Tags: Good, Life, Nature

You know, if you really want to fiddle the old-time way, you've got to learn the dance. The contra-dances, hoedowns. It's all in the rhythm of the bow. The great North Carolina fiddle player Tommy Jarrell said, 'If a feller can't bow, he'll never make a fiddler. He might make a violin player, but he'll never make no fiddler.'

Tags: Dance, Great, Said

I don't look for bliss, just contentment.

Tags: Bliss

I think that people respond to honesty in music, so I only choose songs that are the truth for me.

Tags: Honesty, Music, Truth

That's what I love. Not being interrupted, sitting in a car by myself and listening to music in the rain. There are so many great songs yet to sing.

Tags: Great, Love, Music

Songs come from all over the place. You can't predict what you're going to like. You might like something that doesn't fit right now. What was working for you at one point, something you've loved for years and years, when you get together with everybody, you think, this doesn't match up with what's going on with you personally.

Tags: Place, Together, Working

You know, for most of its life bluegrass has had this stigma of being all straw hats and hay bales and not necessarily the most sophisticated form of music. Yet you can't help responding to its honesty. It's music that finds its way deep into your soul because it's strings vibrating against wood and nothing else.

Tags: Help, Life, Music

A whole album to one writer - now that would be really interesting.

Tags: Album, Whole, Writer

Being in the studio is a really romantic time.

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Growing up I used to love bands like Free and ELO and the Rolling Stones. When Robert Plant got in touch it made perfect sense to me.

Tags: Free, Love, Perfect

Growing up, we had folk records.

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I don't get recognised in London or at home either - very seldom anyway. Either that or I look so crazy no one wants to come up to me.

Tags: Crazy, Either, Home

I don't know if bliss is possible and I've always thought that my best times will be later in life.

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I grew up in a school that had a big music program, and it was incredible. It's what I looked forward to during the day. I had chorus, strings, band.

Tags: Forward, Music, School

I love being in the world of the unknown.

Tags: Love, Unknown

I love hard singing.

Tags: Hard, Love, Singing

I never had any big dreams about doing something on a huge scale.

Tags: Big, Dreams, Huge

I started with the classical violin when I was 6, and I guess it went well.

Tags: Guess, Started, Violin
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I still think of myself as from Illinois.

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I think you translate emotion better when you take your hands off.

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If you don't know what makes green, you're going to try every color combination.

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It's impossible to make a record when you're ill because it affects how you listen to things. You can't make decisions. It all sounds terrible.

Tags: Decisions, Impossible, Listen

My parents made us do everything, try everything.

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People are always very nice.

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Some things feel really good to sing: there's a physical aspect, but there's more to it - a deeper place you go to.

Tags: Good, Place, Sing

The grand old lady of bluegrass? Well, wouldn't that be a wonderful title to have? I hope I do enough to earn it some day.

Tags: Enough, Hope, Old

There are so many great songs yet to sing.

Tags: Great, Sing, Songs