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August 17, 2013

Martin County home inspires country rocker


”When I came back to school there (Loogootee), I just didn’t know how to respond. It was just so different than any other place I’d lived. You stick to what you know. I didn’t know how to be like the other kids and I wanted to stand out more and I was trying to be my own individual.

Young said he felt like an outcast and managed to get in with the wrong crowd. “I’d get in fights because the kids would make fun of me. When you feel like an outcast, people are often not afraid to make you feel even more like one and I was acting out.”

Eventually, Young slowly began change some of his ways. “There wasn’t a radio station I could get that had rap. All I could get was WWBL and some cheesy pop station. I was so used to having sound to fall asleep to and I couldn’t stand pop so I’d fall asleep listening to classic country like Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and George Jones.”

Young said when his grandmother was driving him to school, she would listen to a country station and he would sing along to the majority of the songs played. “Here I was this kid wearing sagging pants and a backwards baseball cap singing “Folsom Prison”. It was the stories behind the music and these guys were telling me how they had their heart broke and had dealt with disappointment and I could relate.”

A “straight F” student, Young had never taken an interest in school until he was 17 and a girl close to his age was killed in a car accident. “Up until that point I thought I was invincible. I didn’t care about anything. I realized quickly that I needed to make a change and I cleaned up and lost the gangster look.”

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