“We are both musicians so I think we might connect to music and think about it in a different way than a lot of people. Blake has been an artist that’s inspired me since I was a kid. I grew up listening to his music and he’s still, obviously very much relevant today. When I think of his songs it takes me back to my childhood and specific memories. Like when I was 7 and we moved from Texas to Tennessee, it was something like 13 hours in the car, which is an eternity to a 7 year old. My parents had country music on the whole way and Blake came on more than a couple of times on that trip. When I hear those songs now, I’m right back there, in the car experiencing all those emotions of moving to a new place.
Later, as teenager I can remember searching for something to connect to and relate with. I think music connects with people in a way that words alone can’t, at least it did with me. When you here someone singing a song about what you’re thinking, you feel understood. As a teenager, and I guess in life, that’s all we want, is to be understood.”
“I grew up farming in Wisconsin, so country music feels like home to me and has always been a big part of my life. I think more than any one of his songs in particular, I respect Blake because of his admiration for the history of country music and his commitment to maintaining that integrity.
In a lot of traditional 9-5 jobs you can work along side someone for years and still not REALLY know them until something traumatic happens in their life. When you go through the process of writing a song with someone, you have to bear your soul to one another in order to create something meaningful. You have to be willing to be open and vulnerable in a way most people don’t have to in their working relationships. When artists are constantly striving to write music like that, eventually people are going to connect in some way with what they’re writing. Because even the most personal, major life events, happy or sad, aren’t exclusive to you. And that’s the healing power of music, when you realize you’re not the only one.”