What’s the first album you remember loving as a kid?
I remember loving Michael Jacksonâ€™s Thriller and playing it over and over. I even took the cassette to class with me and they let us listen during recess when it was raining outside. We thought it was so â€œscandalousâ€ when the â€œhounds of hellâ€ part came on.
What was the first album you bought with your own money?
I had a Mickey Mouse record player I must have gotten when I was 5 or 6. I remember buying the Elvira 45 by the Oak Ridge Boys at K-Mart in Spartanburg, SC. I had picked up the wrong 45 and told my mom I was going back to get the correct one, then somehow got lost in the store. I was crying and some lady led me to customer service where they called out my momâ€™s name over the loudspeaker.
What was the first local band you were a fan of?
For Columbia, probably Hickâ€™ry Hawkins and Danielle Howle. Both were playing pretty heavily when I moved here to go to USC. I thought Hickâ€™ry was crazy as hell but he and his band could put on a hell of a rocking show. John Furr was playing with Danielle at the time and I loved his playing and energy. I had attended USC-Spartanburg beforehand and was a fan of the Utah Package and Albert Hill (Dezerayâ€™s Hammer) then.
What’s the most recent album you bought or have been listening to lately?
I bought the new Flaming Lips a couple of weeks ago and Iâ€™ve been digging it.
You’ve been working on a lot of different projects over the last couple of years. What was the big influence in returning to write and record a solo album?
Well, I really never quit, I just hadnâ€™t given my full attention to this project until last summer. I had a lot of the songs and had been playing some of them in an acoustic setting and recording them here and there. After finally deciding to end American Gun, I wanted to do something different, so I focused on the Interruptions of the Mind instrumental stuff, and helping out promoting a good bit of the jangly records artists. Then I just really wanted to put out an album of love songs after all of the â€œheartbreak/sad sapâ€ stuff of American Gun. I mean, I love those songs too, but I wanted to try and write happy songs, so I took my time to hopefully do it right. People may not like it as much, but thatâ€™s fine. Itâ€™s where I am right now and Iâ€™m happy with it. I mean, with the current political climate, I can churn out some sad songs pretty quickly, and Iâ€™ll be writing stuff until Iâ€™m dead.