I'm interested in what it means to be an American. I'm interested in what it means to live in America. I'm interested in the kind of country that we live in and leave our kids. I'm interested in trying to define what that country is.
There is a real patriotism underneath the best of my music but it is a critical, questioning and often angry patriotism.
You can't have a United States if you are telling some folks that they can't get on the train. There is a cracking point where a society collapses.
The drummer in my first band was killed in Vietnam. He kind of signed up and joined the marines. Bart Hanes was his name. He was one of those guys that was jokin' all the time, always playin' the clown.