He’s just following a roadmap that he can only see one little bit of at a time.

“We think ‘Athens-via-Brooklyn’ means something, and it does, but not what we need it to—and the same goes for the idea of hailing from Alabama. It probably has been assumed that Houck doesn’t talk much about where he grew up because he’s ashamed of it somehow, wary of it being the butt of every joke about the South but for the existence of Mississippi, always looking askance at how its past is irrevocably tangled up with his own. But although he admits he doesn’t go back enough, he’s not unproud of Alabama. Here’s to Taking It Easy may well be his Harvest, but he’s caught in the crossfires of Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s famous flamewar: He’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders and it’s breaking his back, to be sure, but goddamn, the skies are so blue. His departure wasn’t an exodus; he’s not an ex-pat. He’s just following a roadmap that he can only see one little bit of at a time.”

From this lyrical profile of Matthew Houck in The Oxford-American

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