Southern Roots • Boone, NC, USA •
“The music I make is a manifestation of how I perceive the world and the people in it.”
Unraveled Artist Interview:
Q: Why did you make this song? What does it mean to you?
A: This is one of the first songs I ever wrote and is the oldest song that I still play. It was written from my subconscious more than from a topical standpoint. I wrote it when I was at Florida State University. I was a student for a short time in a ‘People of the World’ class and while in class watching a film about a tribe called the Yanomami – an indigenous people of the Amazon who had had no contact with the outside world prior to the making of the film, the first line came to me. I just kept writing and would watch a little of the film and write some more and pretty much just wrote it straight through. I think the film is responsible for some of the nature themed lines inthe song. This is somewhat of a complex song to me as far as meaning and origin, and I still am able to interpret it different ways. Essentially it is a representation of who I was at that time in my life as an 18 year completely clueless as to where I was heading or what I wanted out of my life and the world. And really it still holds true in a lot of ways, and I think it always will.
Q: What do you want listeners to understand from this creation?
A: As a songwriter, my goal is never to tell people what they should or shouldn’t take from one of my songs. I write the songs and let people interpret them how they will. I have my own views on what a particular song means to me, but that may be totally different for someone else. To me, that is the beauty of songs.
Q: How can people support you further?
A: If you want to support me, the number one thing you can do is get a copy of my debut album, ‘I Was Born,’ and listen to it. I mean really listen to it, and think about it – hopefully take something away from it. I don’t care how you get it honestly – download it from iTunes, burn it from a friend, come to a show and get a copy it makes no difference to me. Also, I suppose if you were moved to do so you can like my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter and on Instagram.
Q: What is your ultimate vision for your work?
A: My goal as an artist is to bring my music to people on a global scale and present something to them that they can connect with. I want to inspire people and create an emotional and intimate bond between myself and the listener that makes them see things in a different light than they have before or to put a familiar feeling into a more tangible form.
Q: Do you consider your music to fall within a genre(s)?
A: I guess Americana would be the most appropriate and widely accepted term, although I’ve never been a big fan of the word because it is so vague. Doc Watson called his music traditional plus- meaning a blending of traditional American forms of music with an original and fresh take on it – I prefer that. Southern roots would also be appropriate.