Why country music ?
~ My parents listened to country non stop as I was growing up. I think it got into my blood. I like most genres of music but country is what feels most natural to sing and write.
If everything would be possible (waking the dead included) , which two people should sing the ultimate country duet?
~ George and Tammy, the epitome of country music.
What song you ever recorded means the most to you and why?
~ What If She’s An Angel- it’s what validated my career as a songwriter, and I think the lyrics and their message still ring true.
Who would you like to write a song for you?
~ Like a lot of singer/songwriters from my generation, Garth was a huge inspiration. It’s a bucket list wish to sit in a room with him and write.
What is the one thing that readers/fans would be surprised to know about you?
~ That I have Lou Gehrig’s Disease- also known as ALS or MND. I can no longer walk, and it’s getting harder and harder to talk.
Give us one country song you never want to hear on radio anymore and tell us why.
~ “Should Have Been A Cowboy”- Toby Keith. It’s a very well written tune and a great performance, but I swear I’ve heard it every day for 25 years. I think Toby is doin’ ok these days, radio can let it go…
The song the Radio Station canNOT stop playing.
What is the question interviewers never seem to ask you and…you wish they would?
~ What would you like people to know about ALS? My answer- it’s a terminal disease. It’s what the Ice Bucket Challenge was for. People lose their ability to move, eat, talk and breathe on their own. There is no cure, and not even a viable treatment. It can strike anyone. Life expectancy is 2-5 years. Only 1 in 10 make it past 5 years.
Describe the ultimate recording studio
~ Just anywhere with a great vibe and plenty of space. not too brightly lit, with a good variety of snacks and drinks!
Johnny or June ?
~ Johnny- reminds me of my dad.
Were you ever nervous before going on stage and if so, did you use any “rituals” to calm you nerves.
~ I can no longer sing. But even when I still could, I have never enjoyed singing in front of people. That’s why I focused more on songwriting- I enjoy singing in the studio, I’m just not comfortable performing in front of a larger audience.
What was the most memorable day in your musical career and tell us why.
~ The night Tommy Shane Steiner performed my song What If She’s An Angel at the Grand Ole Opry. My parents were able to attend, and just to sit backstage and hear a song I wrote being sung on that hallowed ground was just incredible.