On some planet, I probably could have been a lawyer. On some planet, I could have been somebody in advertising.
A significant event for me was learning Hank Williams, reconnecting with his music's simplicity, which inspired me to inhabit the same territory. It's different, because I grew up on Led Zeppelin, The Stooges and punk, so in that sense I'm mutating country and folk more than a few degrees.
Politics is tricky; it cuts both ways. Every time you make a choice, it has unintended consequences.
There's been a lot of role reversal going on in the band. The roles people have been playing for a long time will always be there, but everybody's willing to try on different outfits.