~ I grew up on country music AND rock and roll, but country music pretty much always had it’s hooks in me because it was the music of the working class and the downtrodden, and I was both. I was able to relate to the themes running through classic country; it spoke to me and was real. Over the years I’ve dabbled in a variety of musical styles, but no matter what else I was doing, I’ve always played country. It’s the music in my head and heart and soul. So long as it’s not “Bro Country!” What appeals to me most are old fashioned and traditional styles, and great lyrics.
If everything would be possible (waking the dead included) , which two people should sing the ultimate country duet?
~ Elvis and Linda Ronstadt.
What song you ever recorded means the most to you and why?
~ Oh gosh, this changes from time to time, depending upon what’s going on in my life. Most recently though, on my new album, there is a song “We’re All Here Together Because of You” which tells the story of my wife, kids and family that tugs hard at my heartstrings.
Who would you like to write a song for you?
~ Shel Silverstein.
Whisky wine beer or …?
~ Hendricks Gin, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Bulleit Rye, Herradura Silver Tequila, occasionally wine, but rarely beer – too filling!
Give us one country song you never want to hear on radio anymore and tell us why.
~ I could live without ever hearing anything again from the Big and Rich catalog, plus I kinda have to throw Toby Keith’s catalog in there, as well. I don’t like it, and I never will, blah!
What is the question interviewers never seem to ask you and…you wish they would? (Please provide your answer as well.)
~ Q: Are you good in bed? A: Yes!
Describe the ultimate recording studio (not the technique but the facilities)
~ Analog and digital with recently biased 2″ and 1″ tape machines, easy hang with good social areas, pool and accomodations for longer term projects, out in the country in a place of great scenic beauty (in the mountains or by the sea), plenty of native girls and libations.
Johnny or June ?
~ Sorry, I can’t separate the two. I’ve been a Johnny Cash fan since I was a wee lad, and his music is more important to me than anything the Carters ever did, yet I credit her with saving his life, so I really have to claim ’em both.
Are you still nervous before going on stage and if so, do you use any “rituals” to calm you nerves.
~ No, never nervous to go on stage, but I do have some rituals, mostly involving how I set my gear up.
What was the most memorable day in your musical career and tell us why.
~ The day Buck Owens died I was driving through Oakland, to a gig in San Francisco, and the news on the radio absolutely broke me in half. That night’s gig turned into a Buck tribute, and everyone felt a little better afterwards.