1) I just read where there is a Music City Walk of Fame with stars on it like in Hollywood. Where is it, is it new, and how many stars are on it?
The Music City Walk of Fame is located in downtown Nashville on Demonbreun Street between 4th and 5th Avenues South. Or, in simpler terms, it’s in the park right across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Walk originated in 2006, and currently it contains 84 stars recognizing people in the music business. I am honored to be one of those 84.
2) While playing a song by Curtis Leach on my radio show recently, I noticed he wrote and recorded “Golden Guitar” and “Big Railroad Man” which you also recorded. Did you ever meet Curtis Leach? Or were those songs just pitched to you?
No, I never met Curtis Leach, but have often wished I had. He was killed not long before my recording of “Golden Guitar” was released. Neither of the two songs you mentioned were pitched to me. I heard Curtis’ version of “Golden Guitar” on the radio late one night riding down the road on my tour bus. I obtained a copy of his one and only LP, “The Indescribable Curtis Leach” and learned it from there. “Big Railroad Man” was on the same album, and I liked it and recorded it as well. Based on those songs and others in his album, I think had he lived, Curtis would have been a force to be reckoned with in country music.
3) Will there be any plans for you coming to San Antonio, Texas? I actually live 100-miles from there, but would happily make the drive if you did.
That’s nice of you to say. We are not currently booked in San Antonio itself, but in January we’re coming to south Texas for several shows. We will be in Kinney, Tx., New Braunfels, Victoria, Roscoe, and Kerrville between January 8th and the 12th. We’ll have details on our website sometime this fall. I hope one of these will be convenient for you, and I’ll look forward to meeting you there.
4) Do you think 50-years old is too late in life to pursue a career in country music? I think you are a great example of the past being brought into future generations.
Thank you. I don’t think it’s ever too late to dig into something that you are passionate about, so in that sense, 50-years old is not too old to begin. However, being realistic, do it because you enjoy it and not because you have visions of yourself becoming the next Garth Brooks. Show business is, by and large, for the young, and the chances of someone 50-years of age becoming a star lie somewhere between slim and none. If you’d like to write a few songs and release them on the internet and perform them in your local area, then go for it. And good luck.
Thanks one more time for your questions. I always enjoy reading what’s on your mind. We’ll do it again next month, and if you have something you’re curious about, let me know and I’ll try to find out the answer. Send your questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to P.O. Box 888, Hermitage, TN. 37076. We’ll see you back shortly.