” I’m not trying to steer people in a direction. I’m just trying to move them. Wherever it takes them, it doesn’t matter to me. I just want them to be moved in one way or another, and that’s a hard thing to do, I think. “


” I know people who have written big hit country songs that are really kind of terrible songs, but for the rest of their life, they’re the guy who wrote that. You’ve got to be careful, if you don’t want that to happen, don’t write those songs. “


” My favorite thing about going to concerts has always been looking around and thinking that there’s a lot of people in here that are very much like me, a lot of people in here I could have a full conversation with. “


” When I was still drinking, I thought I was kind of in control of everything in my life and other people’s lives and realized at some point that that just wasn’t the case at all. “


” I think a lot of people are scared, and I know I was scared to get sober, at least using this as an excuse, ‘I don’t want to be one of those sober people.’ And I don’t think you have to be. I think you can be one of those people who happens to be sober. “


” I think sometimes I write to impress my influences. Whether they’re actually acquaintances of mine, people that I think will hear the record or not, I still write – not to imitate my influences – but to write something that would live up to their standards. “


” If you’re somebody who writes songs or writes fiction, a writer that people pay for your opinion in any way, you shouldn’t be the least bit uncomfortable giving it to them. People want songwriters to tell them how they think and how they feel. That’s what a song is. That’s what I want to hear in a song. “


” I think great songs appeal to people at any age. Kids love the Beatles, too. Kids love Tom T. Hall. Of course, Tom T. wrote some things that were specifically for kids. But I think kids recognize quality more than they get credit for sometimes. “


” There are so few people that wake up every day and go do something that they don’t dread… I’m very lucky. “


” At the end of the day, I’m just trying to write a song that I like, that I’m not afraid to turn loose on the world. I do read a lot. I know a lot of people who read more, but I do try to keep a book in my hand most of the time, and I think that informs any kind of output that I’m going to have. “



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I know people who have written big hit country songs that are really kind of terrible songs, but for the rest of their life, they


My favorite thing about going to concerts has always been looking around and thinking that there
When I was still drinking, I thought I was kind of in control of everything in my life and other people
I think a lot of people are scared, and I know I was scared to get sober, at least using this as an excuse,
I think sometimes I write to impress my influences. Whether they
If you
I think great songs appeal to people at any age. Kids love the Beatles, too. Kids love Tom T. Hall. Of course, Tom T. wrote some things that were specifically for kids. But I think kids recognize quality more than they get credit for sometimes.
There are so few people that wake up every day and go do something that they don
At the end of the day, I
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