I love Motown, but I've obviously always been more of a Memphis soul fan. If it's Stax or Motown, I go Stax.
My parents split up when I was about 2. I realize more and more how much I'm like my father. My gentleness comes from my mother.
There's no such thing as a teenager that listens to a single word their father says.
I didn't do anything differently than what my father was doing. It's a really hard family to rebel in. I could have become an accountant. Or I could have become a Republican.
I didn't get into music to become a blues musician, or a country musician. I'm a singer-songwriter. In my book that means I get to do whatever I want.
I discovered the same thing Gram Parsons did, that soul music and country music are practically identical. Based off of the same chord structures, and the songs are of heartache and loss. The main connection is they both came up in church.
What I'm doing is basically the same as Bob Dylan did with folk songs and Woody Guthrie songs, the same as folk music's always done. I'm not going to sing about ploughing, but I'll write a song that sounds like it should be about ploughing.
I think a lot of men are afraid of pretty things, and I'm not, I like pretty songs.
I got a feeling that when I have kids, I'm going to have a little girl, and she's going to be completely sensible.
Nashville's like any other hometown - after a while, it's stifling.
There's a certain urgency that comes from the records of the early 60s before overdubbing and multitracking came into play.
I always watched movies and rooted for the bad guys, you know? I've always been that kind of guy. I still hold some respect for criminals that are good at their jobs.
I've always written. When I was in school, the only teacher who ever liked me was my creative writing teacher. I used to enter poetry competitions, and I don't think I ever lost one. So I had the idea for a while of being some kind of poet.
It's nice coming to Nashville, and we have four-bedroom house and a dog, and we go swimming a lot. We get down here and spread out a lot, and I miss my sweet tea and my cornbread and my good southern cooking - but I'm down here eating pretty for two weeks and I'm ready to go back to New York City.
I know I'm never going to be a big pop star, because I'm not willing to conform.
I grew up in a racially mixed neighborhood. So going over to friends' houses for dinner, their parents listened to Al Green and Luther Ingram. It was something that hit me early on, the feeling that came across.
I heard Nirvana, and discovered that songs could be like poetry, but a little bit more refined: you didn't have to have 20 verses to get your point across.
All my records have been written to be records, rather than writing a group of songs and seeing if they fit together.
I think that it's the job of the artist to be in transition and constantly learn more.
I try and eat good. On the road, that's next to impossible. And we eat a lot of unhealthy things when we're in Texas - that's what you do there.