John Gourley, singer and guitarist of progressive rock band Portugal. The Man, is different than many young touring musicians. He was raised in Alaska (Wasilla, exactly, home of Sarah Palin) and dropped out of school when he was 15 to build houses with his father. He grew up on a steady diet of oldies rock including Sam Cooke and The Beatles, but Gourley also loved the cover band that featured his friend Zach Carothers (now his bassist and vocalist with PTM), with its repertoire of Nirvana, Slayer and Rage Against the Machine songs. He grew up with a piano, violin and guitar in his house, but never learned how to play them. And he didn't know that people slept past 8 a.m. until he was about 19 years old.