Singer of Americana music who won American Music Awards for Best Album and Best Song in 2006. He is also an occasional actor, appearing in films like Daisy Miller and Slacker 2011.
He grew up in Leesburg, Virginia and worked a number of jobs, including as a bartender and house painter.
His politically-charged 2005 song 'We Can't Make It Here' was named the best song of the 2000's by music critic
His father is Terms of Endearment novelist
He has played in the supergroup Buzzin' Cousins with John Mellencamp.