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“I used to work in retail, at a record store, and the thing about me was, I never got to the job early [laughs]. Everybody knew it. They didn’t put ‘10’ or ‘1’ on my schedule, they put ’10-ish’ or ‘1-ish’ – stuff like that. One day, I was sitting at home, I was supposed to be at work at one o’clock, but I’m watching TV, just flippin’ through the channels. A video came on CMT, and it was Foster & Lloyd’s Crazy Over You. I was totally blown away.
“I got up, went to work, and everybody was looking at me like, ‘What are you doing here?’ They didn’t expect me to be there so early. But I just said, ‘Man, I’ve got to open up this Foster & Lloyd record and check it out.’ We only had one copy, and right when I started playing it, four people wanted to buy it. So we would've made four sales if we had enough copies.
“For me, this record started it all. It’s so country. It’s not for the pop country music fans, though; it’s dirt country. This is a duo that writes songs that can cut you to the core. You know exactly what they’re saying.
“I love the album’s sound, too. You know how it is when a band comes out with their first thing? They’re young, they’re fresh, and they have this excitement like, ‘Oh my God, we’re really getting a chance to do this!’? That’s what I get from this album. It’s bursting out of them. ‘Look out world – here we come!’” [Laughs]