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At the young age of 15, Blakeman picked up his guitar for the first time. "I really don't believe music is a choice. It's a calling. And when you hear it, there's nothing you can do about it. You're compelled to pursue it like you're compelled to breathe." He set off down a music-making career and never looked back. The determination to communicate his music jolted forward in 2003 after a botched robbery attempt outside a Dallas music venue almost took his life. Blakeman narrowly escaped after a gunshot wound to the face. "After that, I said, you know what? You only have one life. I'm following my dream." And by releasing the organic and unexpected Long Distance Man, and three of the album tracks to Texas radio, he has done just that. Although he has ventured out to all parts of the country, Blakeman considers Texas home. "Texas is a big part of who I am. It's where I've lived longer than anywhere in my life, and I'm glad I lived in Texas. What makes Texas music great is that it's organic, it's real, it just is what it is."