"We recorded an earlier version of this song in Athens, Georgia, with Ben Mize former drummer for Counting Crows. We didn't use the track but Ben really took a liking to the song. He went down to the old skating rink on the east end of town because it's usually filled with interesting characters like 'The Cowboy Skater.' He concocted a small town mid life love story between 'The Cowboy Skater' and a local woman. It's fun and off the cuff, the way the song was intended."
Mike Ragogna: James, you called your new album The Apocaloptimist. Why are you so optimistic about the Apocalypse? Why, James, why?