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HP:Do you live somewhere? Or do you just go from gig to gig?
Strickland: When I'm on the road, I just live outdoors. When I'm in a city, I usually sleep behind a building or something. Sometimes I get to stay with friends I've made.
HP:How long did it take you to walk to Houston this trip?
Strickland: I started out from San Antonio at seven in the morning, headed out on I-10. After walking about 15 miles and three rides, I got to Houston about sunset. Getting to Amarillo is harder; that usually takes two or three days.
HP:What kind of music do you perform?
Strickland: Right now I'm playing a mix of bluegrass, country and folk music. I used to play punk -- positive punk, though. And I've done some rock and roll. I write songs, too. Mostly country music with humanistic lyrics. I want to write a whole album on the road and record it, one song in each city. I've already done a few songs like that, one in Austin, one in Lubbock, one in Wichita Falls. I still have quite a few left to do, but I've started.
HP:What's the best thing about performing?
Strickland: Just that I've made it that far, that I got on stage somewhere. Sometimes I don't even know that I'm going to make it to the gig, if I'm going to get to the city in time to play. So just getting there is a big accomplishment.
HP:What's the worst thing?
Strickland: I get a little nervous sometimes.
HP:How many girls have you picked up with the line "Hi, I'm a musician"?
Strickland: None. That line never really works.
HP:Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money I would...
Strickland: I would put together a CD and get a distribution deal. Right now all I can do is record a song every once in a while and carry around a few demos. I'd love to be able to make a whole CD and promote it.
HP:Finish this sentence: Right now I'd rather be...
Strickland: This is great, doing the interview with you. I might like to go do a television interview, but otherwise, this is fine.
HP:If they made a movie about your life, who would play you?
Strickland: Keanu Reeves.
HP:Who is the most important person in your world?
Strickland: I have to say me. I mean, I love my mom and my family, but I think I'm the most important person in my life.
HP:Tell us something people don't usually know about you.
Strickland: I have my record label logo tattooed on my arm, Never Say Die Records.
HP:Football or foosball?
Strickland: [Short pause] Football.
HP:Bert or Ernie?
Strickland: [Long pause] Ernie.
Strickland: [No pause] RuPaul.
For more about Dean Strickland and his Texas walking tour, visit www.onlinerock.com/ musicians/deanstrickland.
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