Bankrate: You’ve written that your dad was reckless with money, stealing your childhood savings and slaughtering your pet goat for food. Did that have a lasting impression on you, moneywise?
Jimmy Dean: Not moneywise! It’s like I’ve said, “I’ve been broke a lot of times, but I’ve never been poor.” My mother taught me to put some money aside for a rainy day. But our industry is the worst in the world for money — same with athletes. After I played a benefit concert to pay for my friend’s medical expenses, I made a vow that nobody’s going to have to play a benefit for me, and they won’t.