Well, the name I perform under is my birth name, which means “song,” so I do have a lot of people ask me, is that your real name? My parents say (with a laugh) that my name is the only thing they ever agreed on.
I listen to almost exclusively music made before 1980, with the exception of Chaka Khan, which I listen to before I go onstage, which works scarily well to to get me in the mood. Otherwise it’s Blues and Country music, I have an endless appetite for those genres, as I get older I listen to more and more Delta/Mississippi Hill Country stuff. I like the deep grooves. I also would happily move to a desert island if I could take Merle Haggard’s entire discography with me. “Mama Tried” should be sent on a rocket to oblivion, if there are aliens that song should be their first impression of earth.