I rinsed out my eyes for the fifth time as purple clouds escaped over the Santa Elena Canyon. The dust storms can really put a callus on your pupil out in Far West Texas, home to picturesque settings that could serve as the backdrop in a John Ford western.

Caleb Wilbourn parked his van out in Terlingua just under a year ago, after years of relentless traveling with music festival vendors.

“Over two summers I went to like thirty five states,” Wilbourn said. “I really got the travel bug and started getting into street performing.”

Wilbourn laughs as he recalls a moment in Florida that left him stranded and forced him to busk his way out.

“I lost my wallet and I had no way to get home,” Wilbourn said. “So I was like ‘well s#$% I’ve seen people play for change on the street, I’ll give it a shot,’ and ended up making really good money the first day I did it.”

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