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face. I'll never forget that. He'd pull off
this dirty song and no one batted an eye.
I have a hard time playing that song in
public today (laughs).
His music defined my personal style,
which is an amalgamation of Hurt, Doc
Watson, Curtis Mayfield, and Chuck
Berry. If you had to distill it all, that's
what I do... except I don't play as
good as any of them (laughs). You
put them all in a blender and
that's what comes out.
In small venues, your fingerpicking is
under a microscope.
I live there very comfortably. I have an
Is it a challenge to play this
music, then switch to a Hall &
It's a mental recalibration, that's
for sure (laughs). The Hall & Oates
tour has gotten bigger and bigger.
We're playing arenas starting in May
and going until August. What I'm doing
with this show is intimate venues. I love
both, but they're completely different.
The goal in a arena is to make it feel like
a small room, and in the small room to
make it feel like a living room. I love the
intimacy of smaller rooms, where you can
tell stories and look people in the eye. I
love the fact there's no production and no
big lights. It's about being as organic and
authentic as possible.
My custom Martin 00-28. It's a 00-sized
body made of rosewood and spruce, as
opposed to mahogany and spruce like a
00-18. I had it made at the Martin Custom
Shop, with beautiful inlays, and gorgeous wood. It plays like a dream. It has
a custom neck profile that we worked
on a lot, and a Baggs pickup that
I love. I've been working on my
acoustic-guitar sound for quite a
while and came up with a good
combination of electronics that
keeps it as natural as possible.
It gives enough oomph to get it
Did you use it on the album?
Yes, I played the 00-28, an 0015M, a Guild F-20, and a Gibson
Will you take Hurt's Guild F-30 on
incredible group, and everybody has a
lot of space to do their thing. Enhanced
with mandolin and pedal steel, it takes
on a much richer textural thing. It's just
a joy to play with these guys. When you
surround yourself with great players, it's
going to elevate your game.
What's your main guitar on tour?
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No (laughs). It recently had a neck
reset and a little TLC to keep it playable.
It spent so many years in the dry atmosphere of Colorado that when I brought
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