read that you play something like 450,000 or so shows a year. Is
IT WOULD BE TOTALLY IMPOSSSIBLE
TO DO 450,000 SHOWS IN A YEAR. WE DID ABOUT 135 OR SO LAST YEAR
AND WILL DO AROUND 110 THIS YEAR.
reading your album jackets over the years, it looks like you write
most of your own music. With all the touring you do, where
do you find the time and inspiration to write and practice so
I'M CONSTANTLY IN A WRITING
MODE. I SPEND A LOT OF TIME WITH MY GUITAR AND WORKING UP IDEAS.
tour, put out an album or two a year, started your own record
company, sign up new acts, and make tv appearances. Man alive.
What the heck keeps you so motorvated?
I JUST LOVE WHAT I DO AND THANK
GOD I CAN MAKE A LIVING DOING SOMETHING THAT I LOVE SO MUCH. IT'S
mentioned in a Soapbox article that you're working on an autobiography.
Have you made any progress on it and when do you think it will
I WORK ON MY BIO WHEN I HAVE
TIME AND I DON'T KNOW WHEN I'LL EVER GET IT FINISHED. HOPEFULLY
WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR.
old mother wanted to know what your first vehicle was, and how
old you were when you got it.
MY FIRST VEHICKLE WAS AN OLD
CHEVY AND I GOT IT WHEN I WAS ABOUT 20.
kept you interested in music, or driving towards a music career
in the beginning?
REFER TO NUMBER 3.
time I've tried to grow facial hair, my wife has made me shave
it, so I wonder if Hazel's ever tried to get you to shave your
beard, and if you do shave it, will you donate it to a museum?
SHE LIKES MY BEARD AND I DON'T
THINK A MUSEUM WOULD WANT IT.
you rig that fiddle to break on Regis and Kathie Lee? That was
one of the funniest things I've seen on that show.
NO IT JUST HAPPENED.
of Hazel, does she travel with you a lot, and what is her favorite
place to visit?
YES SHE TRAVELS WITH ME MOST
OF THE TIME AND WE ENJOY OUR HOME IN TENNESSEE AND THE ONE IN
you play at the Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas a couple of years
ago, and it was about 450 degrees farenheit in the shade. You
got up there in the heat of the day and played your portion of
the show dressed to the nines in your complete outfit -- long
sleeves, pants, boots, the whole nine yards, while they were actually
hosing down the audience with a fire hose because it was so hot.
Have you ever just said to yourself, "forget it, I'm going out
there in shorts and t-shirt."
I FEEL THAT I SHOULD DRESS
A CERTAIN WAY WHEN I GO ON STAGE AND TRY TO STICK TO IT.
lost some good friends who have been famous people over the years,
and I was wondering if that's affected you personally, either
positively or negatively.
I HAVE BEEN SADDENED BY THE
LOSS OF MY FRIENDS, FAMOUS AND OTHERWISE. I LOVE MY FRIENDS
AND THEIR PASSING HAS NOT AFFECTED ME POSITIVELY OR NEGATIVELY.
IT'S JUST PART OF LIFE.
past couple of years you've recorded two gospel albums. Any plans
on a third?
I PLAN TO START AN ALBUM OF
MY OLD FAVORITE HYMNS IN A FEW WEEKS.
now played three Billy Graham crusades, and you said that "when
I'm there I feel as if I'm exactly where I should be, doing exactly
be doing at the time I should be doing it." Is there anything
else that makes you feel that way?
WE HAVE PLAYED FOUR BILLY GRAHAM
CRUSADES, WITH THE FIFTH COMING UP IN JUNE IN NASHVILLE, BY THE
WAY. AND YES SOMETIMES I FEEL THAT WAY ABOUT OTHER THINGS.
who's followed the CDB over the years has noticed a big change
in the lyrics of your songs from say Midnight Wind until now.
Can you explain what events in your life led you to produce such
radical (convicting) gospel songs? No soft soapin' here.
I NEVER WANT MY SONGS TO HAVE
A NEGATIVE EFFECT ON ANYONE AND IN MY EARLIER DAYS I DID SOME
LYRICS WHICH COULD BE CONSTRUED TO BE PROMOTING THINGS THAT
I DON'T WISH TO PROMOTE. MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND JESUS BROUGHT
ABOUT THE CHANGES.
has your personal decision to follow Christ affected the lives
of the other band members? Are any of them Christians, or have
any of them become Christians?
I DO HAVE CHRISTIANS IN THE
BAND AND ORGANIZATION. SOME HAVE BECOME CHRISTIANS SINCE I'VE
KNOWN THEM BUT I CA'T TAKE CREDIT FOR THEM DOING SO.
a CDB concert's not a church service, but has anyone come to Christ
at one of your concerts?
IF THEY HAVE I'VE NOT BEEN
MADE AWARE OF IT.
tape or CD is in your player right now?
PART OF MY NEW ALBUM WHICH
I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO TO APPROVE THE MIXES.
like you're not touring again until the end of March. Are you
working on a new album or any new music we can look forward to?
I'VE JUST FINISHED THE ROAD
DOGS ALBUM AND I'VE GOT TO START PUTTING TOGETHER A NEW SHOW SOON,
SO I'M STAYING BUSY.
should I have asked? What do you want to leave everyone with?
I JUST HOPE THAT PEOPLE WILL
GIVE JESUS A CHANCE. IT'S THE ONLY WAY.