Exclusive Interview with Hal Krueger
Why country music ?
~ Way back when I first started playing in bands I was into rock. My parents always listened to country music when I was growing up. When I started trying my hand at writing songs, much to my surprise, the country came out. I had no idea that hearing country music growing up influenced me so much. Country songs tell stories that people can relate to. It can touch on every emotion, make you laugh, cry and make you say “Hell Yeah”. I love country music and can’t see myself doing anything else.
If everything would be possible (waking the dead included) , which two people should sing the ultimate country duet?
~ Vince Gill and Martina McBride
What song you ever recorded means the most to you and why?
~ It would be the song that I wrote called “Can’t Believe” in honor of my late parents. It’s about the love they shared and how much I miss them. I lost my dad in 1990 and my mother in 2001, both to cancer. They always supported me with my music and were my biggest fans, and I was theirs. I wouldn’t be doing it today if not for them. My CD is dedicated in their memory.
Who would you like to write a song for you?
~ That is a tough one, there are so many great writers. A few that come to mind are, Doug Johnson, Jim Peterik, Bo Bice, Jamie Johnson, John Rich
Whisky wine beer or water?
~ Whiskey and water go real good together.
What is the question interviewers never asked you while you were always hoping they would. (and give us your answer)?
~ Question: What were your interests before getting involved in a music career?
Answer: I’ve had music in me from age 4 on, that’s when I got my first guitar. Growing up I was always interested in medicine. At one point I was set on being a doctor. I did go to school to be a Cardiovascular Technologist and did that for a while. Emergency Medicine was exciting to me as well, so I joined our town’s Fire Department and became an Engineer/Paramedic. At the same time I was interested in the trades and started a remodeling business with my brother. With that, I became a Custom Cabinet Maker and opened a custom woodworking shop. In between all this I had my hands in music one way or another. I used to tell people that I still didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up as a joke. The truth is that I had so many interests I decided to try them all. Now here I am going after what I should have all along, a music career. I don’t regret anything that I have done. No one knows what our destiny is or how we will arrive at it, only the good Lord knows. I moved to Nashville because it’s time for me to do my first love, music. Not just for now, I’m in for the long haul.
Describe the ultimate recording studio (not the technique but the facilities)
~ I like a studio that gives me a relaxed feeling and not pressured, it’s hard to be creative otherwise.
Johnny or June ?
~ I like them both, but admit I listen to a lot more of Johnny.
Give us your top 3 country songs ever.
~ What Might Have Been (Little Texas), Keeper Of The Stars (Tracy Byrd), Can’t You See (Marshall Tucker Band)
What is your most important message to our readers?
~The biggest gift we are all born with is “Free Will”. It’s up to us to do what we will with it. Life doesn’t come to you, you have to live it. That’s the message in my song “Do It Yourself Thing”. If you have a dream, chase it. It might come true or it might not, you’ll never know unless you try. Never stop believing in yourself or your dream, even when things aren’t going the way you want them to. If you don’t believe no one else will either. Success can be measured many ways. I truly believe that it’s not about how famous you are, how much money you make or how many possessions you have. It’s more about the person you are. Be a kind, giving person with a conscience. Give without expecting something in return and good things will come your way.
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Answers given on August 9, 2011