Exclusive Interview with Natasha James
Why country music ?
~ My music has found a home in country; it is a mixture of alot of influences: country, bluegrass, folk, blues, rock, jazz, zydeco, klezmer, norteno, which is really Mexican polka....
If everything would be possible (waking the dead included) , which two people should sing the ultimate country duet?
~ Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson.
What song you ever recorded means the most to you and why?
~ Oh, I suppose that would change depending on what day you asked me this question. Songs are so much about what mood we are in, and what we are going through, that somedays one song will make much more of an impact on you than other, so I could not say an absolute. Usually I am most in love with the current songs I am writing and recording at the moment...so the ones I would pick would be the ones that will be released on my upcoming CD, MY COUNTRY HAS THE BLUES, which you have not heard yet.
Who would you like to write a song for you?
~ To write a song for me? Aah, Willie Nelson, or the team of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
Whisky wine beer or water?
~ Aah, Now we get to what stage of my life I'm in and how many roads I've gone down!! In my youth, whiskey; in my early middle life, wine; at an outdoor festival, beer; for everyday and on stage, water, and lots of it!!
What is the question interviewers never asked you while you were always hoping they would. (and give us your answer)?
~ I can't think of much I have not been asked. I can think of alot I haven't said!! :-) If anyone has any questions for me they want to know after reading this, I'd tell them to write in to your magazine, and I will be happy to answer.
Describe the ultimate recording studio (not the technique but the facilities)
~ The ultimate studio for me is always one in which I feel comfortable, period. Obviously, assuming a great board, a mix that translates well, good iso(lation) booth eye contact with main room etal since I like to lay it down live; but in terms of environment, a verdant, country setting with guest house a short walk surrounded by trees, kind of a farm-like atmosphere, I always prefer, if I am going to be digging in for a bit.
Johnny or June ?
~ Why choose? They did such a great job as a duet. Both were great writers and great performers.
Give us your top 3 country songs ever.
~ Wow. That's really tough. "Poncho and Lefty," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "King of the Road." I am sure I will wish I had thought of other fantastic tunes to list but these are the first three favourites that I can think of right now!
What is your most important message to our readers?
~ Live with intent, write what you know, mean what you say, and don't look back.
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Answers given on july 10, 2011