One-Man Music Machine Lincoln Durham Talks About His Epic Mustache, Drawing Chester Cheetah

Over the past decade, I’ve had some relatively epic “Mustache Interview” conversations with a strange range of musicians, athletes, actors, journalists and others including actress Ellie Kemper, Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, comic actor and “Simpson’s” voice man Harry Shearer and “actor” Ron Jeremy.

I like to ask off the beaten path questions, like when I once asked all-star pitcher John Axford whether all Canadians are worthless, or just most of them, or when I inquired as to whether Rodgers had always been a white quarterback.

My latest was with blues rocker Lincoln Durham, who was mentored by the legendary Ray Wylie Hubbard and whose one-man-show has gained broad acclaim with his often dark lyrics pulling from influences including Nick Cave, Jack White and Tom Waits.

“I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m apparently just a fairly disturbed person,” he told the Houston Chronicle. “The songs are kind of my therapy, really. When I write a song it helps every time. A three-minute song is the best therapy I’ve ever encountered.”

Our conversation was broad, and of course, weird. We weaved through standard musical influences, whether the Barenaked Ladies are worthless and whether the Washington Monument is the world’s largest erection.

If you ever get a chance to catch Lincoln live, don’t miss it:

Aaron Perlut is a writer, host of the Load Out Music Podcast, the front man for country-rock band Atomic Junkshot, and the founder of creative agency Elasticity.