Country music is completely punk-rock. It’s the original punk-rock.
I try not to be overly literal. When I’m writing songs, I write down a lot of words, and then I try to simplify it. I like to give people hints or words that make visual pictures for them.
All I want to do is sing on other people’s records.
I think my songwriting might be a little more on the darker side maybe.
I tried to have more than one emotion on the record.
I don’t feel nervous or fearful when I’m on stage.
I grew up with lots of animals and I related more to them than I did to people. I feel a lot of empathy for them.
I just really dig feeling subservient to nature. It brings me a peace and calm. Kind of like a Faustian thing, I think.
I want to get away from the social vampires in Tucson. The people who have no lives of their own and meet me and know who I am and feel entitled to say negative things. I have good friends here, especially in the bands. But a lot of it is just like high school.
I should have been an abortion. The only reason I wasn’t was that my father was a Christian.
There’s just kind of a sweetness about Canadians. Americans are a little more pushy, I mean, in a way that I enjoy – they’re basically pushy because of their enthusiasm – we’re a lot clumsier than other people.
I think I’ve kind of been mistaken for somebody who’s trying to be a spokesperson for animal rights, and the fact is I’m not qualified to be a spokesperson. I am passionate about it, but I’m not trying to make other people do what I do.
I know that I can sing really loud. It’s like having that really big Evinrude engine on the back of your fishing boat. But I’ve been trying to be more dynamic with my voice, and not just singing on 10 all of the time out of terror.
I really wanted to find a piano for the farm house. There were so many free pianos on Craigslist, I thought, ‘Let’s get as many free pianos as we can and stick them all in the barn.’ I got eight in a short period of time, only six of which were tunable, but it’s still quite funny.
Everybody in my band is married, pretty much, and have lives at home, and I don’t want them to be away from their families so long that they just start to feel psychotic. You have to go home and stand around in your bathrobe doing your dishes to feel like a normal person sometimes.