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LEARNING TO BE WHERE WE ARE AT

“What are transplants? People who leave where they were at and come to a new place and try to make it the same place.” —Yellowstone 4 min read Once I have had a couple of cups of coffee, my mind usually runs at a crazy rpm from sun up to sun down. It has taken me a very long time, … Read More

ON WORKING OUT: “SWEAT TODAY SO YOU DON’T REGRET TODAY”

“It takes relentless self discipline to schedule suffering into your day every day- but if you do you’ll find at the other end of that suffering is a whole other life just waiting for you” David Goggins I stole the tagline for this blog from Killer Mike. Sweat today so you don’t regret today. I gotta say it every time … Read More

15 SONGS THAT SERVE AS TIME TRAVEL

I just finished an amazing book called Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins. He went from 300 pounds and spraying bugs at fast-food restaurants with Orkin to being a Navy SEAL and Army Ranger, running 60 ultramarathons, doing 4,030 pull-ups in 17 hours, etc., etc. Insane proof of the mind over the body. One of his favorite and strongest weapons … Read More

ON SLEEPING: THE WOLF HOUR AND HOW TO BEAT IT

Brain at three a.m. … “I can see you’re trying to sleep, so I would like to offer you a selection of every memory, unresolved issue, or things you should have done and said in the past 40 years.” (meme) Sleep does pretty much everything you want in your life. Resets your heart and mind, locks in memories, good for … Read More

STORIES BEHIND THE SONGS—BUILDING THE SUN

This Friday we release our latest record Building The Sun with our new friends at BFE/The Orchard. We are thrilled to have this new crew to help us get the music out. I figure what better way to christen the new release than to pull back the curtain on the meaning behind each song. We recorded this record with the … Read More

THE DEATH OF MY FATHER/BROTHERS IN ARMS

“Now is the season to know everything you do is sacred.” —Hafiz (thank you, Pat Blair) Someday you’ll return to Your valleys and your farms And you’ll no longer burn to be Brothers in arms —Mark Knopfler, “Brothers in Arms” “You can’t conceive, nor can I, the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God.” —Graham Greene (spoken by Josiah Bartlett … Read More

BORROWED, BEGGED, AND STOLEN WISDOM, PART 15

(Things I have borrowed, begged, and stolen from books, movies, conversations, etc.) Ignoring your passion is slow suicide. Never ignore what your heart pumps for. Mold your career around your lifestyle, not your lifestyle around your career. —Kevin Claiborne The songs keep on coming—in fact, the older I get, the more that they do. —Mark Knopfler Bring people who love … Read More

WHAT TOUR IS LIKE/ALL HAIL THE TOUR MANAGERS.

People ask us what tour is really like. As Eon posted last week, it’s the highest of highs and lowest of lows. It’s go/stop and hurry up/wait. It’s 24/7 no days off we never close. It’s magic and boredom, transcendence and self-doubt. You will find out who you really are out here (whether you like it or not). Most things … Read More

25 SONGS I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO

Here are 25 jams I’m playing nonstop right now, and what moves me about these gems… 1. Jason Isbell, “Flying over Water”—This song breaks my heart into a thousand pieces, mostly because Isbell is a genius, and his voice is so pure, it can make your worst day bearable—but also ’cause my wifey HATES to fly and I ask her … Read More

REPORT FROM THE OPEN ROAD—CA, WY, NE, IA, and MI

Hello from the Hampton Inn in Kearney, Nebraska. It’s five a.m. I’m pounding coffee and wiping the fog from my mind. We are halfway through this seven-week spring run, and things are rolling slow but steady. Thirty-three shows across the southern Midwest and West Coast—this one is a barnburner. We are putting some miles on these tires, folks. Last week was … Read More

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