We spoke to Marr not long after the band played another in a series of wedding dates.
CST: Your style of heartbroken country music doesn't really strike me as wedding material.
DM: Me either. People keep asking us to play 'em, and they want to give us a lot of money. Sometimes they're a lot of fun, sometimes it's kind of a trial. All depends on who's getting married. Once we get the record paid for, we might actually make some money!
CST: What sort of response has the record been getting?
DM: We've just been getting a great response. We've been in the CMJ (Country Music Journal) Top 200, played some great shows, gotten some good reviews. We've just signed with Checkered Past to re-release the album, which will help the distribution. They'll get the phone calls, not me!
CST: How long have you been writing and performing?
DM: I've been writing songs since we started this band. I had been in some rock bands up in Chicago. It was tough finding people, five years ago, to play country music. Athens turned out to be a helluva lot easier than Chicago, at least for putting a band together. Now there are country bands and labels all over Chicago, like Bloodshot. Of course, there weren't a lot of country bands in Athens either, five years ago. There's a few more now.
CST: Have you gotten any response from more mainstream country artists?
DM: No, not really. I don't know how many of them have heard the CD. That's a good question, because it's definitely something I think about. I don't think the record is that far off from some of the stuff that gets played on the radio. I mean, it's not like Collin Raye, or whoever is the tight pants wearing act of the moment.
CST: But it's certainly Merle Haggard territory, but then again, he doesn't get played on the radio eitherÉ
DM: Yeah, but George Strait does, and I think we fit in with that. He still does some good songs.
CST: I mean, you've made a real pure country record, pretty much "under the radar." I think if you got a copy to Haggard, or Buck Owens, you'd find some receptive ears.
DM: Yeah, but I'm kinda waiting on them to hear it on their own. I mean, I have Merle Haggard's office number, and it's cool to call up and talk to the drummer or something, but Merle Haggard doesn't sit around waiting to talk to me! I think in due time, he'll hear our record, and ask somebody a question about it, which would be cool.
CST: Where did you get the album title from?
DM: I just kind of thought it up. You know, I had actually been trying to write a song that had a title like that for a long time, a title that was kind of a proverb. I've always liked those kinds of songs and a resounding rhetorical question (like this) kind of qualifies...I had kind of played around with a few things. I had taken a shower and thought of it...I write half of my best songs in the shower.