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Some of you might have noticed the appearance and evolution of Music For Goats. After a few years of playing strictly solo these characters have appeared in my life and are becoming a part of the fabric of my music. I can't really say why I spent so much time performing solo. Perhaps I had tired of working with musicians who were so "success" oriented that the importance of the music and authentic presentation had been lost.
When missing soundcheck because you had to go to Walmart to make sure you have blow up beach balls for the show and taking photo ops with the Budweiser girls took priority I sort of lost interest in the 'game' of music. It was pointed out to me a few years back that I was out of touch and did not understand the music industry and the sacrifices that are needed - I packed up my gear and left rehearsal - not to return.
Either way the beauty and humble approach of the singer songwriter is still burning inside of me. I love songs. I treat them like good friends. They are special and hard to come by. If neglected they can easily turn on you and get ugly. I don't write as much as I used to. Correction, I do write but I keep less. I've grown very judgemental of what I move from the drawing board to the performance slate.
Lucky for me I have found some musicians who I love and they trust me to navigate the murky fog of creation. Part of this process is teaching Ken Grant, Neil Lucy and Steve Dagg the songs that have influenced me. We are working through Dylan, Hynes, Cleaves and others. Recently we found ourselves digging into one of the greats, Townes Van Zandt. Below is a video from rehearsal on Monday and as well a rare and amazing version from Townes himself and ending with the amazing Steve Earle version.
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