I don't know where to begin when it comes to thanking the people who have been part of my life since I started making American Hotel. It would require thanking anyone and everyone who helped me out for pretty much all of my 20s (I started making this record at 21, and I'm 30 now). I guess the best thing to do is just say 'thank you' to the people who stuck with me all these years. Family, friends, etc. These people know who they are, and I'll thank 'em next time I see them. Who else...
I guess I would have to thank the women who have loved (and eventually hated) me. I wouldn't have written most of these songs were it not for them. The bars who let me stay past close because I had nowhere else to go. The bars that I'm banned from. Alcohol in general, maybe. Maybe not. Truckstop showers. Couches offered by complete strangers. The people who opted not to rob me when I was sleeping on park benches. This list could get long and weird. I think I'll stop here.
All the talented people who played on American Hotel. Mike "Lew" Lewis especially. John Morand and everyone at Sound of Music for organizing the mess of recordings I brought their way over the years. They started this thing with me, and the record wouldn't exist without them. The engineers and incredible artists who worked on it. I really learned everything I know about recording from you guys. Thank you...
This country. I don't mean that in any political way. But it's a pretty amazing and diverse place, once you get out there and see it. I highly recommend doing so if you haven't. That's really what this record is. A small sampling of what's out there.
I've been a lot of things to a lot of people, and I'm thankful for that. I miss so many places that sometimes it overwhelms me. You really can be just about anything or anyone you want in America. Just keep trying on different hats. I don't really know any other way to live. Maybe I'll try and make a European Hotel...
I also gotta thank Brian Grunert. He's put up with me talking about American Hotel forever and still agreed to put this package together when the time finally came. Thanks dude. I owe you a record.
Also, I have to say 'thank you' to Jay Bennett. He was one of my biggest influences and ended up being a really great friend. This record is in his honor. I miss you buddy. I wish you could have seen it finished.
And thanks to you for reading this. Hopefully, I'll see you soon.