You’re casting the net way more broadly than a lot of country mixes that I hear. There are the usual suspects like Florida Georgia Line, but there’s also some Patsy Cline.
“You know, those Patsy Cline songs were always at, like, a waltz tempo [sings a bar of Crazy], which would also be at a trap tempo. You could really add a lot of beats to a Patsy Cline song, because there’s a lot of space in her songs.”
What kinds of software and applications are you using in your studio?
“Well, I use Serato. And I’m starting to get some equipment from Numark, DJ stuff, because the live show is incorporating it now. One of my fiddle players is kind of interested in learning to DJ and play fiddle at the same time, which is awesome, right?”
I haven’t seen anybody else do that – yet.
“I’m just crazy enough to do it. Oh, and Pro-Tools. I obviously use Pro-Tools.”
You’ve made an interesting point about this kind of country dancing, that it allows women to be independent participants. They don’t have to wait to be asked to two-step. What kinds of responses are you getting from female fans?
“You know, I feel like the females have responded the best. They hear the songs and it says, ‘I’m gonna wear what I want to / ’cause I want to / I don’t need no man.’ They’re like, ‘OK, raise your cocktail! We’re gonna go out!’ I feel like the women definitely gravitate. It’s kind of a girl power song, the way I did the video, too. It’s a working girl. She gets off work, and can be working hard in a factory, and then look hot-as-hell and go out and start a party. Women are always first to hit the dance floor – they are. Guys are always like, ‘No, I just need one more drink. Oh, I don’t really like this song. This song doesn’t make me wanna dance.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, so Radiohead does?’”
I understand that you have your own production company and are producing your own videos. What does that involve at this point?
“I knew, based on my experience of having done music videos, that I could produce music videos. And I’ve been fortunate enough to be at labels that allowed me the freedom to do so, and trusted me. So I decided to form a production company to do it. It’s kind of a learning process. All of the administrative stuff wasn’t necessarily where my head was when I started it, but I have learned a lot about it. I do music videos. I do Cooter County, which is my comedy stuff.”
I’ve watched Cooter County clips online.
“When I was full-time doing music, I really wanted an outlet to do comedy again, so that made sense for me to do Cooter County. I loved Hee-Haw growing up. Cooter County is like Hee-Haw on crack.”