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  1. Even with most finite planning, you never know what the final result will reveal itself to be until it’s staring back at you.
  2. I lived in Japan when I was younger for about two years. I spent my time equally between religiously studying Aikido in Shinjuku by day and hard partying in Shibuya and Roppongi by night.
  3. I thought it was hilarious when ‘Brace for Impact’ was released, and people said I had abandoned country, even though the song is dripping with pedal steel. If anything, that tells me I’m making progress.
  4. I’m grateful to all the non-risk-takers.
  5. Willie Nelson, Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard and Keith Whitley — guys like that were huge influences.
  6. Saviours get crucified.
  7. I didn’t graduate from college, so I might as well be on Atlantic Records, right?
  8. Kentucky isn’t particularly religious.
  9. I don’t pretend to be an astrophysicist or anything, even though I do read about certain things like metaphysics and cosmology that I’ve always just been really interested in. I don’t pretend to be able to sit down and pontificate on any of these subjects.
  10. Let’s just cut a live record with three microphones in four days and talk about lizards and aliens. If I had taken that idea to even an independent label, I don’t see a label out there that would’ve said, ‘Oh yeah, that sounds great. We know how to market this.’
  11. I’m very grateful, but at the same time, I’m glad all this happened when I’m 36 instead of 26 because I — I’m just such a homebody, and I just want to write songs and make the best record that I can.
  12. Fewer and fewer bars are doing live music. Instead it’s more DJs and dance parties.
  13. Some people will say, and have said, that I’m trying to run from country, but I’m never going to make anything other than a country record.
  14. I’ll never get tired of being told I sound like Waylon Jennings, but I don’t hear it myself.
  15. I’ve always played music. But you know, in eastern Kentucky, everybody plays music.
  16. All I’m really interested in musically is trying to make concept albums. Serving a larger sum than the parts.
  17. I fail to see how anything can still be weird in 2016.
  18. It’s hard enough to sit at a table and talk to most people as it is. But we can go to some town, and there’s 300 people we’ve never met before, and by the third song, we’re connecting with everyone in that room.
  19. I love tape. It’s another member of the band, the way it settles and blankets everything.
  20. Part of me still feels like I’ve never had the opportunity to properly express all my earliest influences, so for now, I find isolation to be my biggest influence.

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