I want to thank the folks at Country Weekly magazine, and associate editor, Larry Holden, in particular, for the very nice article they wrote and published about me in their January 20th issue. (It’s the one with Tim & Faith on the bright yellow cover in case you missed it and might like to stop reading this right now and run out and pick up a copy!)
I wonder if the general public realizes the gamble an entertainer, a politician, or even a business person takes every time they grant an interview to a newspaper or a magazine. A writer, by what he or she writes or doesn’t write, can make the interviewee look smart or stupid, successful or unsuccessful, and can help or hinder the reader’s perception of that person and his or her career. Consider the following two mythical sentences. One shows the entertainer in a positive light, the other not so positive:
“Joe Smith’s new album, which has been out for only four weeks, has already sold over 90,000 copies!” Sounds pretty impressive, huh? The writer shows ole Joe in a pretty favorable light. But say another writer, with the same set of facts in front of him, has an ax to grind with Joe. So he writes, “Joe Smith’s new album has been out for a month already and hasn’t even sold 100,000 copies.”
Did both writers tell the truth? Yes. Did either writer lie? No. Is Joe Smith going to appreciate one writer’s work more than the other’s? You’re darned right he is. Did he have any control over what was written by either writer? None whatsoever.
The press, by and large, has been extremely good to me over the years, and I appreciate it. And I particularly appreciate it when a fine writer like Larry Holden and a publication like Country Weekly go out of their way to present us veterans of country music in a favorable light.
Thanks, gang. It’s a great way to start off a new year!