When I was growing up, there were two things that were unpopular in my house. One was me, and the other was my guitar.
If you listen to the great Beatle records, the earliest ones where the lyrics are incredibly simple. Why are they still beautiful? Well, they're beautifully sung, beautifully played, and the mathematics in them is elegant. They retain their elegance.
I was looking for some way to put my music to some service on a nightly basis. You go into a town, you play a little music, you leave something behind. That idea connected us to the local community. It was a very simple idea, but it really resonated with me.
It's always felt natural, because I'm generally very comfortable with people.
Donald Ray Pollock
Thomas G. Stemberg