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I never thought I would end up playing country music. But then I share a birthday with Shania Twain and LeAnn Rimes so maybe it was fate or something. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. I still remember listening to my grampa’s Jimmie Rodgers 78’s as a kid. There was always something like Hee Haw or Porter Wagoner on the TV in my house back then too. That was probably what started it, but I ended up taking the scenic route before I would come back around to country music. I played drums in junior high band and taught myself how to play guitar via the “Metal Method” lessons I ordered out of Hit Parader magazine around the same time. I bought my first Johnny Paycheck album on cassette after hearing the Dead Kennedys version of “Take This Job and Shove it” and played it a lot. That led to a handful of country music purchases over the years until I went to my first bluegrass festival. I came back and started playing a garage sale banjo, and worked on my flatpicking. My country music collection has since metastasized and I have broken a shitload of strings. Anyway, here I am playing the kind of music that should come natural to an Okie. I guess I’m more Woody Guthrie than Garth and more filling station than Union Station.
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