“I am taking a breath. I am a plumber by trade but I play music and write songs. Mainly on the porch. Music is everything to me but it is hard to balance that and making a living and paying the bills. You have to dedicate to one of the other and I also have children. As a writer and musician, you have to blow the world off. Some can do it, some can’t. I am stuck in that and feel like a part of me is dying. I have to have a clear mind to write. I can’t deal with the phone calls and the bullshit of work and write. I have been a plumber for 20 years and am as good as anyone else, but there has to be a level of perfection to get along with the good ol’ boys that is not attainable.
People ask how am I a plumber. I started at 19 and woke up at 36. It is been good to me but there is no one treated worse than blue collar and construction workers. The working class in America has been forgotten about by Democrats and Republicans and there is no respect for people who have never missed a day of hard work in their lives. The South is strange and beautiful in so many ways, but there are many levels of it, not just separated by black or white. I have met some of the neatest people in my life through my trade. That gives me solace. I have worked with men like Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly. I have been in ditches five-feet deep and 130-feet long that three of us dug. There is a bond that comes out of suffering and working with other people. I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
I consider myself a 20th-century man. My generation is the last. It is sad to watch that beauty of life go so we have to capture it because it will be gone and no one will remember it. I can die tomorrow and be proud that I experienced the last of the slow times. I have always been aware and I have watched an era die. This is what I want to write about.
I am bluesy country. I grew up around musicians. My dad is a 30-year musician. He left us for Nashville three different times. My influences are old country. You can’t convey that music without scars and age. There is only one way to know what brokenness and hard times are. I don’t even call myself a musician because I don’t write much these days. I am finicky and have a hard time balancing. I can’t turn it on and off. I have a million unfinished songs. But that is going to change. I am trying to move to Mobile and start over in a different community that is more affordable. I can wash dishes somewhere and do jobs for other people and give more time to music. I have a good woman and beautiful children. We are all in this together and I am ready to put the work in.
I have a lot of good people in my life. Everything is attainable, but you have to do it on your own time. Life is a fast-moving train. You have to find peace and patience or you will go crazy. You have to do it yourself. I just want to get to a place in life where I can create and be me and have a garden and some chickens. I don’t give a damn about fame. I just want to be in the small times and moments that are more important than notoriety. The moment when two souls and minds connect. It’s not yours, it’s just a moment in time.
I remind myself to stay open because we don’t know what will cross our path today. Don’t quit or get bitter. Hold on. Don’t think about age or time. It’s not relative. There is not too old or too late to start. This is who I am, not who you think I am.”