Out of all the songs you have written, what are your Top 5 that you love most?That’s not an easy question to answer for a couple of reasons. First, as I’ve said many times, my songs are like my children, and you know it’s impossible to pick a favorite child. Too, my favorite songs today might not be my favorites tomorrow. But you asked, so I’ll give it a try: “Mama Sang A Song,” because it’s so personal; “A Lot Of Things Different,” because it reflects on the positive ways we can change our lives as we grow older, “Country,” a song that hasn’t been released yet that I wrote with Mo Pitney and Bobby Tomberlin, “Demons,” a co-write with Jon Randall and an obscure cut from a Kenny Chesney record, and “Old Army Hat,” because it’s such a true and powerful story.
Do you really answer all of your e-mails?No, I can’t possibly answer all of my e-mails, but the ones that do get answered are all answered by me.
When you wrote “City Lights” in 1958, do you think it was a hit because at that time traditional country music was hot?No. In fact, it was just the opposite. Traditional country music had almost disappeared under the onslaught of a new thing called rock ‘n roll back in the late fifties. Looking back, I think there were two records that helped turn the tide back toward tradition…..”Alone With You” by Faron Young and “City Lights” by Ray Price. Roy Drusky wrote one, and I was lucky enough to have written the other.Thanks for continuing to send us your questions. Address them email@example.com or to me at P.O. Box 888, Hermitage, TN. 37076. I always look forward to seeing what’s on your mind.