Why country music ?
~ The music I sing is the music of my life. I grew up in the country on country music. I love telling stories and relating to people the best I can, and singing country music makes me feel like I'm in the skin I was meant to be in.
If everything would be possible (waking the dead included) , which two people should sing the ultimate country duet?
~ It would be incredible to witness Hank Sr. and Hank Jr. singing together. They are both legends... ICONS, at that. How many father/sons can say that?
What song you ever recorded means the most to you and why?
~ I would have to say, "Who's Gonna Be There." It was inspired by one of my best friends that I lost right out of high school. During his funeral service in our little town, there were so many people that came to bid him a final farewell that the organizers actually had to expand the service to outside. I looked around and thought to myself, if I could live my life half has good as he did, to have all these people come and say goodbye to me, then I will have done something right. I wondered, "Who will be there when it's my time to go?" And from that thought, the song was born.
Who would you like to write a song for you?
~ Garth Brooks. He's one of my all-time favorite performers.
Whisky wine beer or water?
~ I have to pick wine. All I used to drink was beer, and I still love beer. But one of my best friends introduced me to wine a few years ago and I love not only the taste of great wine, but experiencing the complexity of good wine. It's much like writing a song. The deeper the subject matter the more complex the writing has to be.
Give us one country song you never want to hear on radio anymore and tell us why.
~ Not sure the title or the artist but I heard one recently that has something to do with "ride you all night" or something to that effect. Not a fan!
What is the question interviewers never seem to ask you and...you wish they would? (Please provide your answer as well.)
~ I wish they would ask me more about Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet charity organization I work with. I am the official spokesperson for the organization and it's so amazing that they help out our military by finding foster families for their pets while deployed. It's really sad that sometimes our military servicemen and women have to take their pets to the pound if they don't have family that can watch them while they're on duty. The commitment is extensive being that deployment can last for a year or more. Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet finds their pets a foster home and also has a facility in Texas that can house several pets in case an individual family cannot be found.
Describe the ultimate recording studio (not the technique but the facilities)
~ I would have to say Sun Records or RCA Studios. Those are both places where the greats in music have recorded. I would love to make a record like those legendary artists did back then -- on tape, all in one room, no auto tune or editing - and you just perform the best you can and make it happen. Love that.
Johnny or June ?
~ I love Johnny but without June we wouldn't have gotten to experience the greatness of Johnny Cash. So I pick June.
Are you still nervous before going on stage and if so, do you use any "rituals" to calm you nerves.
~ Yes, I still get nervous before every show. I feel if you don't, no matter how big an artist you are, you loose a bit of an edge that's needed to connect with the crowd. I also like to say a little prayer with my band before we go on stage.
What was the most memorable day in your musical career and tell us why.
~ Playing the Ryman Auditorium opening up for George Jones. Not too many new artists can say they have opened for a legend on a legendary stage. It was a day I will never forget.