How does manual labor feed you creatively?
I’ve done all that stuff for a living at one point or another, whether it’s installing air conditioning, working on a framing crew or driving a truck, and that’s when a lot of the music would come to me. I can’t set aside time to write songs. The songs I like are the ones that seem to write themselves. It’s like whistling while you work, and the songs just kind of happen — so I like to stay busy.
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Speaking of songs, what are your plans for a follow-up to “Ol’ Glory” from 2015?
It’s like the trade winds, man, they shift when they shift and they change and blow from different directions at different times of the year. For me, I’m still in this mode of making up song ideas to build on later. I have the most of those I’ve ever had for any record, even more than when I started, so hopefully soon the winds will change directions and I can settle on some of them and get into a studio.
I heard you’re a Dead Kennedys fan. What can you tell me about your punk past?
Oh, yeah, I’m a huge Dead Kennedys fan. I grew up a skate kid in Jacksonville and that’s where I got introduced to hardcore punk. It was music of teen-age angst but (singer) Jello Biafra tried to be a little more in depth with what he sang about. I liked a lot of bands like that back then and it introduced me to a different way of looking at the world.
HOW TO GO
Who: JJ Grey & Mofro and Blackberry Smoke
Where: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
More info: 937-228-2323 or www.ticketmaster.com
Artist info: www.jjgrey.com