Where and when was your first show?
at an open mic in tribeca in nyc. although i grew up playing guitar in bands and in church and studied music in college, i was always reluctant to play and sing my own songs in public, even though this was the only thing i really wanted to do. i got married very young and when my wife got pregnant early on in our marriage, it pushed me to not hesitate anymore and get out there and play in public. i played every open mic in nyc and northern nj i could find. i remember being incredibly nervous - cotton mouth, shaking, having trouble tuning my guitar, etc. but i wanted it so bad, i just pushed through it and gradually got perfectly comfortable on stage. early on, i played a lot as a duo with my brother daniel. i started doing more solo stuff full time in about 2006.
What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence?
bob dylan and bruce cockburn
What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?
one night we were in a bar outside nashville and my bandmates recognized rob thomas and a couple of the other guys from matchbox 20 at a table having dinner. they introduced themselves and shared a cigarette outside. they hit it off and we ended up barhopping and going back to the studio where matchbox 20 was recording their album and hanging until about 4am. it was pretty trippy and definitely memorable.
the curry noodle soup from mee noodle in nyc OR a #7 from belgiovines deli in montclair, nj. tough to choose!
strong black coffee
If you were to have a film or movie based on your career, what actor would portray you in the film?
james gandolfini would be fun.
Cat person, dog person, or both?
dog! we have a 4 year old boston terrier that we love.
What two words would best describe your music?
honest and hopeful