I have had a full life, I grew up on the west coast and moved to the south in the early 90's. I have run fence lines, cleared brush, planted crops, cleaned canals, mended gates. I spend alot of time in the swamps by myself so I let my imagination run and it activates my writing. I have always enjoyed writing but I never picked up a guitar until about 5 years ago, I bought an electric guitar for my son and I started playing around with it at night when everyone was asleep, so I decided to buy an acoustic guitar to be a little less noisy and it was easily the hardest thing I ever tried to learn, but I practice a little everyday, and I have taken my life experiences and put them into to song and my writings. My greatest goal is to be a good dad and give my kids the gift of music, everything that happens after that is just a bonus. Playing guitar has changed my life and my family's, it relaxes me, comforts me, its a good friend that is always there for me. I figure at 49 if I play for the next 40 years I will be pickin it pretty good. We have good times sitting around playing music and singing songs, its fun to see my ten year old start writing lyrics or my older boy practicing "Country Boy Can Survive"
My influences are: Larry Brown, Harry Crews, William Faulkner, Mark Twain, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Hank Williams (all three), Emmylou Harris, Ryan Bingham, George Jones, Byron Hill, Logan Hall, Kara Clark, Charlie Starr
Yes I have in fact heard Kelsie May's Highway 23. I am very close friend of the family. I have a YouTube video of her singing that song at the Road To Fame Finals this year. Here is a link to the video, as well as others. I would love to work with you to do a video of the people along Highway 23. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmdWfz6lqMU