Why country music ?
~ Because I love good country music and I always have.
If everything would be possible (waking the dead included), which two people should sing the ultimate country duet?
~ There are so many answers for this question. I’ll make it easy and say that lately I am really loving listening to Chris and Morgane Stapleton. They could sing the ingredients on a cereal box and I would swoon.
What song (that you’ve recorded) means the most to you and why?
~ This whole album means the world to me. If I had to choose off the top of my heart I might say that “Mama” and “Revel Young” are two tracks that dig really deep into my emotions. Mama, is one that I wrote about my own mother, and Revel Young I wrote for my son when he was born. The lyrics and the melody came to me in the first few months of his life while I was feeding him and rocking him to sleep.
Who would you like to write a song for you?
~ I’ve always written all of my own music with my writing partner Jim Wilson. I admire the work of so many different songwriters. I’d have to feel any song in my heart in order to do it justice no matter who wrote it. I’d be honored to have anyone take the time to write a song with me in mind.
What is the one thing that readers/fans would be surprised to know about you?
~ I’m not sure what might be surprising from one person to the next. Here are three things that one might find surprising:
1. I am a great cook and I love to bake. I keep a handwritten recipe book where I write down my own recipes or my own versions of others.
2. I toured with Mötley Crüe as a backup singer and dancer. We had 4-5 costume changes a night and I actually enjoyed wearing a rubber mini dress.
3. I am a painter and recently did a collection of anatomically correct human hearts in acrylic.
Give us one country song you never want to hear on radio anymore and tell us why.
~ I don’t think I have any one particular country song that I’d so readily reject, but I can say that I prefer old school country, and outlaw country over pop-country any day.
What is the question interviewers never seem to ask you and…you wish they would? (Please provide your answer as well.)
~ I love an interviewer who’s taken the time to research properly and come up with creative questions.
Describe the ultimate recording studio (not the technique but the facilities)
~ One that works, not too cold, big nature right outside, comfortable, intimate.
Johnny or June ?
~ I would’t dare ever split up Johnny and June. They belong together forever.
Are you still nervous before going on stage and if so, do you use any “rituals” to calm you nerves.
~ I still do get nervous before a show, but I’ve learned to turn that energy into a positive. I like to take the time to do my own stage makeup and glue on my own lashes. The focus and detail in this quiet time before a show helps me ground myself.
What was the most memorable day in your musical career and tell us why.
~ That might be a tie between appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live as the featured musical guest, and being asked to perform as direct support for Heart at the Universal Gibson Amphitheater in Hollywood, CA.