A: I have nine -- a couple of big ones and a couple of little ones. There's some variation in sizes. I like them. They're fun.
The first one I got was a little treble clef music note on my foot. That's one of the tiny ones, and I guess any excuse to get a tattoo when I was 18, right? So I got the little one on my foot.
The last one was two big roses with Gypsy faces on my thigh. That was four years ago. I need more! But tattoos are very expensive. You can get them on the cheap, but it's the kind of commitment where you really want to spend a little money.
Q: You've got a really classic rock 'n' roll/rockabilly kind of sound that's reminiscent of Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson, among others. How'd you get into that?
A: My parents are both musicians with all kinds of musical tastes, but growing up, I listened to a lot of Patsy Cline and Aretha Franklin. Then I saw John Waters' movie "Crybaby" when I was really young, and that sort of opened up that door for me to the 1950s and some of the music of the 1950s.
As I got older, I was just listening to that, and I just don't remember not listening to Buddy Holly and The Shirelles, but Wanda Jackson, I'd never heard of her until a girlfriend introduced me to her music.
I fell madly in love with it, and I've seen her, like, four times.
Q: What's writing music like?
A: Sometimes it's easy. Sometimes it's hard. I try to keep a running list of inspirational songs and notes about things I like that I hear. I'll love the bass in one song or the keyboard in another. The notepad on my iPhone is my savior.
When I'm ready to sit down and write, I'll go through that list, but mostly, I write with my dad. Sometimes we do a whole song, and sometimes we'll do half of a song and sit on it for a few months. Sometimes you just have to let that stuff marinate.
Q: There's a lot of that '50s/early '60s style in your videos, too. They had you on roller skates in one of them. Any plans to join a roller derby team?
A: No way! I would get so bruised up. I'm not into the bruising or the losing of teeth. I'm just so clumsy, but I do go to the roller rink here. I fall down, but that counts, right?
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.