How was your experience playing at Coachella?
Coachella was a good time. It was my first time attending. I got to see a lot of bands. We weren’t sure what to expect with our early slot on the first day, but people showed up. Probably the biggest crowd we’ve ever played for.
Do you prefer doing larger, festival-type gigs or smaller, intimate shows?
They both have their charms. One of the great things about the level we’re at is that we play all varieties of rooms when we’re out on tour. From a 150 capacity club in Tucson to an 800 room in New York to a 3,000 crowd at Coachella.I like that variation. It’s a different experience everywhere you go. Can’t say I prefer any of them in particular.
You’ve stated that your travels have provided a lot of inspiration for your music. Can you talk about your process of transforming an experience in a foreign land into art and music? Is there a very direct connection between your experiences abroad and your work back home, or is the connection more abstract?
I reckon that connection is sometimes direct and sometimes more abstract. Some of that influence has come from musical encounters I’ve had, such as with Indonesian street musicians. That feels pretty direct. Sometimes I’ll write about experiences or adventures I’ve had out there. I think the majority of the time it’s more about trying to capture and convey something I’ve felt. It’s very hard to describe with words, which is, I guess, why I’m trying in music.
You made a great website to accompany On Lonesome Dreams. Those book covers are really fantastic– how did you come up with the design for them?
I guess I was thinking about some of my favourite old adventure books.
Is a new album in the works?
You bet. Working on it when we’re not on the road, which isn’t very often these days.
The music video for “Lonesome Dreams” is gorgeous. How much creative input did you have in making it? Do you also dabble in film?
Thanks. I work pretty closely with the director on the videos. Trying to learn what I can about movie making these days.
If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Who/what have you been listening to lately?
I’ve been listening to a lot of classic country lately. Johnny Horton, Elvis, Faron Young, Slim Whitman, Patsy Cline.
If you could see any artist perform, live or dead, who would it be?
What, to you, is the best source of musical inspiration?
The world out there.