Exclusive Interview with Jim Levatte
Why country music ?
~ My first love was southern rock. Lynard Skynard, 38 Specia , etc. So being able to write and play songs in that style, and be commercially acceptable in today's country market is exciting.
If everything would be possible (waking the dead included), which two people should sing the ultimate country duet?
~ Elvis Presley and Carrie Underwood would make for an amazing duet .
What song you ever recorded means the most to you and why?
~ I recorded a song called "End of Time" for my wife, that we used for our wedding song .
Who would you like to write a song for you?
~ Josh Kear. I love Dierks Bentley. "Drunk on A Plane"
What is the one thing that readers/fans would be surprised to know about you?
~ I am a closet "metal head". I am a huge fan of guitar rock.
Give us one country song you never want to hear on radio anymore and tell us why.
~ "Cotton Eye Joe". They play it too much at sporting events. I think it's a country song. Who knows. Lol.
What is the question interviewers never seem to ask you and...you wish they would? (Please provide your answer as well.)
~ I am never asked about equipment. I love musical instruments and can talk for hours about them. Guitars, recording equipment, microphones, anything.
Describe the ultimate recording studio (not the technique but the facilities)
~ Little Mountain Sound. Some of the best rock albums of all time were recorded there.
Johnny or June ?
~ Johnny for sure. He was the ultimate in cool.
Are you still nervous before going on stage and if so, do you use any "rituals" to calm you nerves.
~ I usually don't get nervous anymore. Usually!
What was the most memorable day in your musical career and tell us why.
~ The first time I heard one of my songs on the radio, to hear something you created played to so many people is a feeling that's hard to explain.
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Answers given on August 10, 2016