Mon, 15 August 2016
My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is moving forward into his future by keeping true to his past.
Based in Waynesville Ohio, he is an American Country music artist, who has released a long list of chart topping hits in the world of traditional country music, and delights audiences across America with his brand of infectious honest to god country.
And its with little surprise that he is travelling the highways and byways, as this is a passion that has been with him since the early days.
As he says "I knew that music was what I wanted to do from an early age. We just were country people who loved country life. I remember in study hall, I would get out my guitar and we’d go pick and sing"
But what makes this guy even more interesting, is he does all this whilst still being a farmer and barn designer/builder by trade.
Yes he manages to to makes an honest, blue collar living at the same time as playing over 100 events/shows each year, all over the country.
How he fits in the two I have no idea, but we will find out during the show.
He credits much of that philosophy to the work ethic and morals that were instilled in him by his parents.
He says “I grew up on a 110 acre farm. We always had plenty of livestock, horses, and cattle – plenty of chores and things to do. We didn’t have a whole lot of money growing up, but we never went hungry or had any wants. I know what it’s like to go through hard times, but by the same token, I wouldn’t trade the way I was raised for nothing. It made me decide and realize that in life, you get what you put into it.”
Along with his band he is certainly doing just that all over America. with music as he says that is "Country, the way country music was meant to be"
So with a foot firmly planted in the worlds of Hank Williams, Hank Snow, and the Ryman Theatre legends, what does he think of the new style of country music being released today?
And if he could go back in time and record with anyone, who would he choose?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Richard Lynch