1) I’m wondering which studio you recorded the majority of your songs in and which is your favorite studio.
I primarily used three Nashville-area studios during the height of my recording career: The Quonset Hut on 16th Avenue, Bradley’s Barn in Mt. Juliet, and the Sound Shop off Music Row. My favorite was Bradley’s Barn for several reasons. First, it was close to my house, and I didn’t have to fight the downtown traffic to get there. Second, it was a rustic, laid-back atmosphere with great sound, and third, it was close to Old Hickory Lake. If the session went well and my producer, Owen Bradley, was in a good mood, he’d often take us out on his boat after we finished working. That was an unbeatable combination.
2) I’m sure you have met, worked with, and gotten acquainted with many of the other country music stars during your career. Who have been some of your closest friends in the business. Is there anyone you never got to meet?
I can’t think of anyone in country music I never got to meet with the exception of Hank Williams, who died before I came to Nashville. Two people outside the country field I wish I had met were Steve Allen and Walter Brennan. I’ve been blessed with a lot of good friends in the business, among the closest were Jimmy Dean, Roger Miller, and George Hamilton IV.
3) How do you feel when you go onstage and see your fans singing your songs right back to you? And how does it make you feel to look at your audience and see a young fan?
Well, at my age they’re ALL young fans! I’m only kidding, of course, but its starting to seem that way! I’m sure you mean fans in their teens or younger, and that’s a great feeling. Especially if they seem to know some of my songs. To see and hear people singing along is wonderful no matter what their age they happen to be.
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