I know this is late, but I told you all I would get the interview with Randy Houser up tonight, and here it is. I do hope everyone is having a great weekend. And I hope you enjoy reading what Randy had to say during our Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, telephone interview.
CC: Hi Randy, How are you doing?
Randy: Doing good, how have you been?
CC: I’m fine. When are you coming back to this area?
Randy: I don’t know, I’m not sure what I’m doing when I get off this phone.
CC: Do you mind if I ask you a few "fans want to know" kind of questions?
Randy: Go for it.
CC: Favorite Food?
CC: Favorite Movie?
Randy: Forrest Gump
Randy: Power of Now
Randy: Sunday Morning Coming Down
CC: If you could be any kind of animal, what would you be?
Randy: An Eagle.
CC: Is there any reason for that?
Randy: It would be cool to fly, and I’d be protected.
CC: What is the best advice you ever received?
Randy: My daddy always told me (pause) – it’s like I tell people about that song, "Boots on." My daddy died young, and there were a lot of things in life that he never got to pursue. He always told me that if you have something you want to do, to go for it and not be scared. That has a lot to do with the reason I’m here now. Basically, he told me not to let anything hold me back. That came from my dad.
CC: What advice would you give someone trying to break into country music?
Randy: There’s a cliche’ about having to live in Nashville, and I have to say it’s true. I think for me, when I lived in Mississippi I was wondering — I thought I had the right stuff to write songs, but you never know what the barometer is. A lot of times the great songs aren’t the ones you hear on the radio, and you don’t even hear them on the albums – they are the ones you hear in the songwriter’s demos and you have to be here to hear those. Then you find out where you are in your life as a performer. The best advice would be – if this is what you want to do, you better be ready to lose everything to get it.
CC: I know you are opening for Pat Green in Philadelphia, New York and Boston next week. What other artists would you like to work with?
Randy: I’d love to sing a duet – Lee Ann Womack would really be cool. Love her voice and her singing. Toby Keith would be a lot of fun. Opening for him would be a slot I would like to be in.
Randy: Seattle, Washington. We went to Bremerton Naval Base there. Everyone talks about Seattle being so rainy, but I went the right time of year. It was one of the most beautiful, green places I’ve ever seen. I didn’t know that part of the country was that beautiful. We took ferry ride. I didn’t know it was that beautiful. I thought, "wow".
CC: Are you a picture-taker?
Randy: No, not really.
CC: You need to get a little digital camera to take with you.
CC: Jake Owen travels with his dog, Amos, and I know that Dierks Bentley often has his dog on stage with him. Do you have any pets?
Randy: No, I don’t have any pets. I would love to, I love dogs, I think they’re awesome. My ex-girlfriend had a chihauau that I loved dearly. But the way it is right now, I’m gone so much, there’s just no way I could do it. I don’t want to get a dog until I can take good care of him.
Randy: Really older country. I can put on Willie Nelson’s "Red Headed Stranger," or a Stardust record and be perfectly fine. I listen to all kinds of music. I love Three Doors Down, which is a rock record, but I listen to Jamey’s record all the time now. Country I guess.
CC: Ever get a chance to go home?
Randy: Every now and then. I got to go home about three weeks ago, and I’ll be going home for Thanksgiving. But before that, the last time I was home was last Christmas.
(The last thing I asked Randy was if he had anything he wanted to say to his fans. And that was when he reminded me, and wanted to remind all of you, that his debut CD will be in stores on Nov. 18. I put a short piece of his response to that question up last night, but here it is for you again.)
CC: Is there anything you would like to say to your fans. Anything you’d like them to hear about?
Randy: The main thing is I want everybody to know is that Tuesday, Nov. 18, actually, Monday night at midnight – get out of the house and go to Wal-Mart and help me out. I hope to be doing this for a while, but if I don’t have anyone buying these records, I’ll be gone. Or, I’ll be back to songwriting, and I won’t be singing anymore. And I want to get out and meet the people and sing and pay the songs.
Before ending the phone call, Randy and I got to visit a little and discuss a few things I’ve been working on, and chat a bit about our meeting at Winged Deer Park back in June. I told Randy I hoped to see him again soon – so Randy, keep that in mind when everyone is putting a schedule together for you.
Thanks again to Randy, and Universal Music for making this interview possible.
I know I still have a few more e-mails to answer, and I’ll try my best to get those done before the weekend comes to a close. But I hope you will all keep writing, and just be patient with me. I always hear that it’s "better late than never" … so I’m hoping you all believe that. Because I may be late – but I will get your mail answered.
Now, one last time (for today) – make out your Christmas shopping list, and head on over to Wal-Mart on Tuesday to pick up one of Randy’s CDs for every country music fan on your list. And don’t forget to pick up one for yourself, too. It’s a great CD, and I know you will all enjoy it as much as I am. See you all tomorrow!