Q: Do you have Cee Lo’s cell number?
A: I do.
Q: How much did the Voice staffers try to tweak your style?
A: When we initially met with wardrobe, we had to [answer the question] When we wake up who do we try to dress like? I always would say, Myself. Who would you try to sound like? Myself. Who do you try to sound like? Myself. One thing they did tweak though was at [the end of] “Play That Funky Music.” I actually had a golden cape made. It was awesome. It was so big and I was really working it during the dress rehearsal. Then we heard from the producer: Nick David, you’ve got to lose the cape. So they took the cape. Then one time during dress rehearsal I had a pretty sweet Samurai ponytail going and the producer said, You’ve got to lose the Samurai. Otherwise they were pretty supportive.
Q: Do you get hot on stage between the hat, scarf and blazer?
A: Yeah, that’s why I keep a doo rag on [he doffs his hat] to catch the sweat. And also as a little nod to JD [Sykes, now deceased], the bass player I used to play with; he always kept a doo rag on himself.
Q: How many scarfs, hats and blazers do you have?
A: I keep them on a rack thing I found. I think I’ve got between 20 and 40. I’m not going to divulge the location or the secret of the scarves. I probably have close to 10 hats now. Blazers I used to only go for when they had the patch on the elbow. I think anything that has a nifty lapel catches my eye.
Q: What famous musicians are in your dream band?
A: I think a good chunk of them have already passed. I’d roll with Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Jon Cleary on keys, Dave Holland on upright bass, Paul Winter, Chuck Mangione.
Q: You are Mr. Peace and Love. What is the most frantic aspect of your life?
A: Trying to be on time. I’ve never really used time. I’ve always been far behind [bending over his guitar and laughing].