Back in 1949, near Helena Montana, thirteen smokejumpers died when the winds changed on The Mann Gulch fire and trapped them on the mountain.
I first heard this story when I was in Business school at Montana State where they taught us how to avoid the communication problems that went wrong that day.
I later learned that the man who wrote A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean, wrote a book about this story as well. The book is called Young Men and Fire and you can check it out HERE.
I wrote my Mann Gulch Fire song after being inspired by that book and I recommend it to lots of people. If you’re interested in the origin of this song, see the video I released a long time ago, below.
For more information on The Mann Gulch fire click here.
I don’t have any Native American origins, I just really love their culture. The way Native Americans lived seems much more pure, and much more in touch with spirit. I truly do love Native America which is why I wrote this song about it.
We live a very “paleo” life here in Austin and it feels much more healthy and grounding than the way I lived in my younger days. We’re constantly trying to devolve in certain areas of life to get back in touch and become more grounded.
I love Native America, Before the white men came
I love Native America, It’s still beautiful but not the same
There’s wild horses on the wind, nobody to fence them in
All the rivers are flowing free, don’t need no damn electricity
There’s no houses no streets no cars, no lights drowning out the stars
My campfire keeps me warm, the sun and the birds wake me up in the morn
Just imagine what you’d see, lots more buffalo lots more teepees
June mountaintops covered in snow, neon green the grass gets to grow
Just imagine what you’d hear, purse silence no more fear
Just the sound of your beating heart or an old love song from a meadowlark
A spirit journey off you go, claim your spot on the totem pole
find the warrior deep inside, come take a hit from the old peace pipe
Now dance everybody lets make it rain, wash away all the pain
All together now thunder clap raise your bow and your arrow if you want to go back
I wrote this song while living in the glorious South Austin, Texas with my buddies Aaron Watson and Paul Mariani. I had just started dating my soul mate Carly Shankman who introduced me to a better way of living which included, real food, an open mind, and more expression. I took to this new “paleo,” “caveman,” lifestyle very quickly and I’ve been going strong ever since. With spiritual realizations of love vs fear and harnessing my creative power, I have been able to step into a much more glorious and fulfilled life here on earth.
I naturally recommend this way of life to everyone I talk to because I truly believe in it. I want less “man made” things in my life and more “god made” things in my life.
This song is pretty self explanatory, I’m from Montana, and I love it there. I miss home a lot and whenever I do, I can go to this song and feel a lot of comfort.
This song started as a beat in Logic pro and I started playing chords and eventually put words to it. I let myself freestyle the words one day and I just naturally started singing about Montana, it must be divine.
So last weekend while on the road with the Kimberly Dunn band, we got to catch Sean McConnell at Hurricane Harry’s after we were done with our show.
I’d never seen Sean perform before but it was truly an inspiring show. The man has written hits for Randy Rogers, Rascal Flatts, and Tim McGraw to name a few. He can also sing like a crazy man that makes you want to practice until you die.
I went home and studied Sean for a few days and decided I wanted to cover his song “Novocaine.” Carly thought I was becoming obsessed with Sean after I emailed his management asking to perform the song.
I learned this song all week, and I’m very happy to get it out, and so is Carly.. ha!