A: I feel good about it. It was good to write a positive record -- it's not as dark as in the past. A lot of good things were going on.
Q: Like what?
A: Traveling, meeting nice people, life started looking up. I got married to a great woman.
Q: Century Spring seemed very natural and honest, was that your intention?
A: Well, I feel that it's pretty representational of where I'm at. I made it to be myself so people I meet through my music know me.
Q: What was the meaning behind the album?
A: Not really sure, it just kind of flowed out.
Q: What is your favorite song off of the album?
A: It's hard, like choosing between kids. My favorite song is whatever I'm writing at the moment, it's always changing.
Q: Are you working on any new material?
A: Yeah, we're going into the studio in the middle of October, the new album should be out the beginning of February.
Q: Tell me about Simple Life, why did you only release it on tour?
A: Century Spring was pretty polished, I wanted to balance that out. I also didn't want to forget about the old songs I wrote the first year I came to Minneapolis. I didn't want to tour on it, it's not current on how I am feeling.
Q: How's the tour going?
A: Really good, it's essential as a musician to get people to hear you. I meet people. It's fun.
Q: What has been your favorite place to play?
A: Minneapolis -- First Avenue, the 400 Bar, and the State Theatre.
Q: Why have you come back to St. Olaf?
A: I just liked it; Northfield was one of the first places I played actually. Olaf has always been nice to me, so it's always good to come back.
Q: Will you come back in the future?
A: Yeah, definitely.
Q: What is your favorite aspect of touring?
A: The shows, to get up there every night and play music.
Q: What do you plan play for a show?
A: Stuff from every record. Some solo songs and some with the band. Variety to keep it interesting -- and some new stuff.
Q: Are there any special songs that you always play?
A: Butterfly, we haven't missed that one for a while.
Q: How do you feel about your recent growth in popularity?
A: It's really nice. It allows me to do this for a living and that's about all I can ask for in this life.
Q: How do you feel about the comparisons between you and Bob Dylan?
A: It's good; it's really flattering because he's the king. I'm trying, but maybe one day I'll get there.
Q: What are your biggest influences?
A: Authors. Tim O'Brien and Ernest Hemingway. The way they set up sentences and expressions. Being able to convey emotional weight with the least amount of words.
Q: Lastly, what's the purpose behind your music?
A: To make people feel like they're not alone. To hit a nerve so people know that someone else is feeling, and has felt, the same thing.