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Influences

It was old Woody that lured me with

Dust Bowl Ballads and so much more

Telling stories of a West

That I'd never heard before.

I was with the Okies as

 They travelled down the road 

Got a new hero 

From the Ballad of Tom Joad.

Then on to Steinbeck

Faulkner, Williams, Hemingway, 

Until dreams of America

Filled my teenage day.

The whole world exploded with

The advent of Rock 'n' Roll

And once again Americana

Captured my heart and soul.

I learned of Jimmie Rodgers

Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, 

All founder members in my

Exclusive Country Music Club.

Dylan, Van Zandt, Steve Earle, 

Guy Clarke, and that's how I found

The huge variation in that loose

Genre, the Country Music sound.

It's been a part of my life

A very constant friend

Too late to change now and so

They'll be with me until the end.

I listened to those story tellers until

They influenced the way I write my verse

So it's my American Dreams

For better or for worse.








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