Born: Pacific Northwest, moved to California when nine.
Father was preacher in small cow-country towns and housed in old bunkhouses.
Mother was musician (mandolin), and led songs with it for revivals in Ozarks when father went up there to do his missionary thing.
Sister: in prison
Dog: run over
Wife: Cherie (45 years–she’s a saint)
Jobs: Picked peaches, apricots, and pears, bucked hay, milked cows, high-climber, photographer, musician.
Singer/Songwriter since 1974.
First song learned: Oklahoma Hills when I was two
Attitude: Wild, crazy, but dead serious about songwriting