ROCKVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) - On a sunny summer-like Saturday on the square in Rockville, thousands of people mill about soaking in the sights and sounds. It seems that everyone comes looking for something. Whether it's that perfect missing piece for your home, or that food you know you can only find this time of the year.
On a busy corner at West Ohio and North Jefferson streets, a musician, identifying himself only as Ty, played for the masses as they passed by. Ty himself notes he's only passing through. "You know, it's all up to whether or not I can get there or not. I love hitchhiking," said Ty.
Ty, while traveling light, brought an ensemble of instruments to his impromptu corner show. An acoustic guitar sat on its case near the curb. Next to that, a small box with harmonicas. An empty, open guitar case sat next to the harmonicas with a handful of pocket change tossed in it.
Also accompanying Ty, was a friend he identified only as his fiance. She smiled as he strummed his classical six-string and sang. "I play my classical guitar, which is a Martin that came out of the trash," said Ty.
Ty's musical style resembled that of Bob Dylan. When asked if Bob Dylan was an influence, Ty opened his shirt and revealed a tattoo across his chest that read "Forever Young." The song, "Forever Young" appeared on Bob Dylan's January 1974 release, Planet Waves.
"Bob [Dylan] hit me differently as an adult, you know what I mean? I've always felt like I was from the 60's, the 60's are the ones I've related to the most," said Ty.
The Lafayette, Indiana resident mentioned Johnny Cash as his first musical influence after hearing Cash on the radio. "It hit me very hard as a five year old, in the car with my uncle," said Ty, talking about Cash's song "A Boy Named Sue."
Ty mentioned his most recent attempts at putting a group together back home had fallen on hard times, he noted he still had a few good buddies he jams with.
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