“I’m different from most guys in today’s music in that I love to talk to the audience.
“I love to have some kind of connection to the front row of audience. I learned a long time ago that what you do is you entertain the first ten rows, and you acknowledge the back ten rows.
“If it works, then it goes all the way through so that’s about all you can do – you can’t look at the back ten rows to talk to them.
“I have a couple of things that I do. When I’m in a smaller venue I have a way of doing it where I pick out a guy in the front row who doesn’t want to be there – you can spot those guys – and then I give him ten dollars for every one of my hit songs he can name. I end up throwing him tens all night long! I give away about $150 a night doing that!”