Steve Dorff, a new inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, called in to chat about his new book I Wrote That One, Too: A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney. We discussed his inspiration for the book, writing a book vs. writing a song, his songwriting process, and becoming a songwriter in Junior High School.
Note: Not the greatest audio quality due to a phone gremlin, but still understandable.
Country superstar Clay Walker called in to talk about National Caregivers Month and his battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Clay & his wife Jessica just had a baby two weeks ago (little Ezra Stephen), and during this interview, I believe I was named an honorary uncle. Nice!
Holly Gleason is a critically-acclaimed music journalist who has written for Rolling Stone, Musician, CREEM, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. Holly called in to discuss her new book, Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives.
Andrew Vaughan is a distinguished and respected music journalist whose work has appeared in Billboard, Music Week, Mojo, Q, the London Times, the Guardian and numerous other publications. Andrew called in to discuss the life and career of Willie Nelson as chronicled in his new book, Willie Nelson: American Icon.
Sophie Tweed-Simmons is featured in the new movie “Country Crush,” now available on DVD exclusively at Wal-Mart. We discussed her role as the naughty girl with no redeeming qualities.
Country music superstar Clay Walker and his wife (and caregiver) Jessica called in to talk about Clay’s latest projects (including his upcoming new record) and to celebrate November as National Family Caregivers Month. Jessica is helping Clay manage his relapsing MS.
Chely Wright’s new album, “I Am The Rain,” was the 2nd highest debuting album of her career on the charts. We discussed her crowdfunding campaign, the role of technology in songwriting and artist collaborations, and the loyalty of her fans.
Tegan Marie is an up-and-coming country music star who, at the age of 12, has already performed at the CMA Festival and Good Morning America. She is donating the proceeds from her new single “Lucky Me” (available on iTunes) to Hurley Children’s Hospital in her hometown of Flint, Michigan, to help kids that were affected by lead poisoning. We had a fun chat discussing her life and career (so far), including performing with Kelsea Ballerini and bringing a tear to the eyes of Florida Georgia Line.
Jett Williams is a singer, songwriter, and of course the daughter of music legend Hank Williams. Jett joined us to talk about her role in producing an amazing new box set, “Hank Williams: The Complete Mother’s Best Collection…Plus,” which runs 15 CDs and 1 DVD and compiles Hank’s performances on a 1951 radio show. We talked about the process of restoring the recordings, her role in preserving Hank’s legacy, and what we can expect in terms of future releases.
Jonathan and Drew Scott are realtors, home remodeling experts and stars of HGTV’s “Property Brothers.” They also have a strong musical background, going back to when they were kids and finding out they had special twin harmony skills. Drew and Jonathan called in to talk about their new music, which was originally written for their TV special “Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch,” but is now available on iTunes by popular demand. I also reminded them that I’m a drummer and I often see that they’re filming in Chicago. I’m available, guys!