Who are your influences?My mother was an entertainer and I grew up listening to her album collection that included everything from Billie Holliday to Led Zeppelin. I have very eclectic tastes and I love jazz as much as I love classic rock. I love Linda Ronstadt and Mile Davis and the Rolling Stones. I like it all.
And you really consider yourself a rock n roll singer?I consider myself an entertainer and I happen to play guitar, and I play rock guitar and I play slide and blues. It’s a dirty, edgy sound, and I can sing the same way…I don’t’ always do that, but that is what I’ve done the majority of my career – for 20 some odd years.
So, yeah I’m more of a rock singer…I mean I think the world’s best rock singer is Ann Wilson from Heart and second to her would probably be Robert Plant, but anyway that’s another story.
But so those are the rock singers that I admire and for better or for worse I listen to them I also listen to other things, too. And I see myself and a singer and entertainer and I don’t see myself as a genre or a category. I know other people do, but, y’all divide it up and figure it out yourselves. I mean half the people you talk to outside the industry don’t even know what Americana is…and they don’t know what Roots Music is, they know the basics,: country, rock and blues and maybe classical, outside of that they don’t really care. And they still put my records under “Rock” in the music stores so I guess that’s as basic as it gets.