Please explain what just happened.
I’m not sure. I’m blaming it on the jet lag.
What is your earliest memory?
Talking to my great grandfather’s ghost through a picture window on our farm in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
If you weren’t a musician, what other profession would you choose?
I used to say social worker, but I’ve become bitter and jaded since then, so I’d have to say a screenwriter.
Describe a typical work day.
Wake up and shower
Check out of hotel
Try and come to a band agreement of where to eat
Drive 4-8 hours to show
Check in to hotel
Repeat, repeat, repeat…
Is there a time you wish you’d lied?
What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?
I’d say, “Stop getting perms. They are not improving your looks.”
If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?
Sharon Van Etten’s first record.
What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?
Facebook, The Huffington Post — that’s it.
From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?
The people around me.
Name three books that have impacted your life.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis.
The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama.
If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?
How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?
I played guitar in Rilo Kiley for a tour (Jenny Lewis is the singer).
Jenny Lewis was in foxfire with Angelina Jolie.
Angelina Jolie was in Mr. & Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt.
Brad Pitt was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.
What makes you feel most guilty?
Leaving my dog to go on tour.
How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?
I take a lot of lyrical cues from my favorite novelists. And sometimes I will study the song structures of my favorites songs.
Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind Azure Ray’s Drawing Down the Moon?
The bond that Maria and I share as friends was the motivation for this latest Azure Ray record. We’ve shared a lot together over the years and it was inspiring to reconnect.
What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?
If you’re thinking about killing yourself, get on a plane and spend some time in a third world country helping people. Most likely, you will change your mind.
List your favorite in the following categories: Comedian, Musician, Author, Actor
Comedian – Andy Kaufman.
Musician – Nina Simone.
Author – Kurt Vonnegut.
Actor – Jack Nicholson.
If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?
I would make a horror movie.
What do you want to know?
What’s in the afterlife.
What would you like your last words to be?
“I love you. I’ll see you on the other side.”
Please explain what will happen.
A bottle of wine will be opened.