Desert Mama- Who is The Last Knife Fighter?

The Last Knife Fighter- Hello, I’m The Last Knife Fighter, and I am an Outlaw Folk Artist & Philosopher.

I have a government name, but I don’t feel it important , as it adds very little to what I’m trying to say and the message I wish to impart. I believe privacy is paramount to my safety and well being, and am grateful to those who understand and respect that.

I write songs, poems and wrongs when found in those irrefutable moments when passion meets with understanding and action.

An  extremist, I love hard and I hate hard; but try to work on the frequency of the latter. I have lived a life of events I believe most share..or will so, given time, condition and circumstance. I have lost what matters most to me in assorted ways, and gained more in the interim; stooping to build what was lost with worn out tools. I have loved without restriction, letting passion and compassion be the drivers of my heart. A seeker of feeling, I intend to devour all felt.

I am the last Knife Fighter, A flesh vehicle in pursuit of understanding and solice. Nothing more.  

DM- When did the love for music come about, and when did you start singing?

T- I wrote and studied poetry from an early age but didn’t start playing guitar and singing until I saw the movie Walk The Line.

It depicted Johnny Cash‘s character played by walking Phoenix going into the Navy not knowing how to play guitar and then in the span of 30 seconds in film, he was out of the Navy able to play guitar, and in a three-piece string band. That day I went home and pulled a worn out guitar from the HVAC closet and it began. 

DM- What has influenced you to build your career as an Outlaw Folk artist? And, Why “The Last Knife Fighter” name?

T-The Last Knife Fighter is definitely more figurative than it is literal. It’s really about dealing with life and its problems in close quarters. I should say, dealing with both the good and bad; and treating these two imposters just the same. Dwelling within and staying close to feeling I feel is the best way to experience life.

That being said, I am a big fan of knives and wear one daily for both protection and practical use.
DM- How would you say that you have grown as an artist since you first start making music?
T- Exponentially. I feel like I grow every day as a writer just with the passing of time and circumstance.
When I receive messages from fans who say I have made a large impact or even saved their lives, that is enough for me to want to grow. 

DM- Describe your favorite and least favorite part about being a musician?

T- My favorite part would have to be the process of writing. Again, I am for sure a musician second. There really is a clear line in the sand in the industry. I will say there are some who do both, but those are few and far between.

The worst part would surely be playing gigs and which you are a replacement for the jukebox. Your classic “ freebird” and “wagon wheel” type jobs. I pretty much stop doing those at this point though. If I didn’t I’d be in prison by this point. 

DM- What artist, would you say, have played a significant influence on you as a musician?

T- Oh really everything from Kipling to van Gogh. I tend to draw very little from musical artist.

That being said, blaze Foley in town Van Zandt have had a huge impact in my approach.

DM- In your experience, what is the key to success?

T- Honestly, probably lack of knowledge in the industry.

I meet a lot of artists whose ears have been refined and changed and there becomes a gap between you and the civilian so to speak. You went to far and now they can’t hear you ya know? 

DM- Where and how would you like to see yourself 10 years from now?

T- Alive, well fed; with both hands and a semi functioning vocal box… But I don’t wanna ask for too much at this juncture. 

DM- You only have two days left, what would you do?

T- Everybody knows it takes four days to do it like I do. 

DM- Other interests apart from your work:

T- Other than casually drinking all day and keeping myself in “the pocket” as it’s known I would say I really enjoy gambling on sports.

Harleys are also of large interest to me. I tried to get on the bike twice a week, whether I want to or not. Never regret it. 

DM- How is a perfect day in your life:

T- Well that’s a tough one.

I’ll have to get back to you on that. This ones going pretty well out the gate. 

DM- A success and a failure:

T- Becoming aware of ego and it’s detriment to personal growth.

I was never a good son to my Mother. She deserved better for what she put in for. A failure no doubt. 


– A phrase: Life has a way of making me foreseeable that which never happens, and the unforeseeable that what your life becomes. 

– A film: The Outlaw Josey Wales.

– A book:  Well, the Bible is a best seller. I’ll go with that. 

– A song (for someone who hasn´t listened to your music before, recommend one): Life Is Hard 

– A drink:  An Ice Cold Coke when hungover. 

– A city:  Superior, Wisconsin


  • Ten years in a coma / Ten years in jail
  • City life / Country life (*County)
  • Talking to animals / Talking to the dead 
  • Having more time / Having more money  
  • A good book / A good movie
  • Constantly winter / Constantly summer 
  • Only being able to whisper/ Only being able to scream
  • Lifetime free wifi / Lifetime free coffee
  • Only eating salty food / To only eat sweet
  • Something organized / Something improvised 
  • Visiting the past / Visiting the future 
  • Being unable to see / Being unable to hear 
  • Reality / Fiction
  • Never leaving your city / Not being able to return
  • Continuing with your life / Restarting your life 
  • Knowing what you will die of / Knowing what day you will 
  • Waking up in a desert / In a boat in the middle of the Ocean 
  • Music concert / Theater play

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