What was the first concert you ever saw?
Triumph and Foghat, motherfucker! ... I was 13 years old; and it was everything I could have wanted a rock concert to be. I came from Lincoln, Nebraska, and it was the first big show I'd seen. It was here, in 1983.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Led Zeppelin, III; Milton Mapes, Westernaire; Elvis Costello, Imperial Bedroom; Dave Brubeck, Take Five; and the Allman Brothers on the turntable.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
Not many. I'm a complete letch. Maybe a hundred.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
"Download?" No. Don't know, don't care. I love record art; I love records.
What was the first album you owned?
The first one I bought with my own money was Wings Over America, the live record, and I played the hell out of it. Before that, I made my dad buy me the Star Wars soundtrack, and my brother gave me all the Beatles and Stones records years before that.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
"Stand by Me" by Ben E. King.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
There are so many. Like kid rock. Not Kid Rock, but kid rock--although I like him, too. But every once in a while, I'll turn on 92.1 just to hear what the kids are listening to. Oh, and musicals. And who doesn't like the Pet Shop Boys?
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Doc Watson, because those are the songs I learned to play when I was really young, the songs that taught me that you can play music no matter what. They're G-C-E, for fuck's sake. How can you fuck that up, and yet be as good as that?
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
The Rolling Stones, Beggars Banquet.