Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Buzz Fest 2007


Friday, April 13, 2007
Cox Business Services Convention Center

94.7 The Buzz presents Buzz Fest ?07 starring AFI, Papa Roach, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus & Saosin Friday, April 13th at the Cox Convention Center.

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Yard Dawgz
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March 5th
Eric Clapton
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March 6th-8th & 10th
Big 12 Women's Basketball @ Cox Center
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March 8th-11th
Big 12 Men's Basketball @ Ford Center
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March 12th
Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Cox Center
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March 15th & 16th
DELIRIUM - A Cirque du Soleil Live Music Event
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March 21st
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March 21st
The Who
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March 29th - Apr. 1st
Sesame Street Live @ Cox Center
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March 30th
Larry the Cable Guy
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April 11th
Rod Stewart
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April 13th
BUZZFEST @ Cox Center
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April 20th & 21st
THRIVE Festival @ Cox Convention Center
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May 1st
Billy Joel
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July 2nd
Keith Urban
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Tuff Profit

Wow last Tuesday was a blast! What a fun crowd! So here we go again, Tonight Cary Choat will be have guest Steve Sutherland and the Tuff Profit Boys will be there as well to add the beer drinking back beat! We will kick it off around 8:00 pm and try to shut it down around 11:30. Last Tuesday we had some much fun we didn't stop until 12:30. But hey some of us have day jobs and we need our beauty sleep(well I do) any ways come on down tonight and see what kind of trouble we get into . If you would like to jam with the band, come up and vist with Cary Choat and he will set ya up! Each week we will try have a new victim, I mean guest to sit in with us and see what kind of music we can make.Oh yea as you might had guess from last week Drunk sing-a-longs are welcome at any time though the night. See ya at the Solo Club
Danny Joe Walsh

Cory Morrow

Cory Morrow @ Pub Fiction, Houston, TX

Wed, 02-28-07


Snorty Horse Saloon

I got to go to the BEST in 417 party on Sunday.  It’s a big event that area business are actually voted on in different categories to be invited to have a booth.  We didn’t win anything, but Budweiser did!  Yup…free beer!  I thought $25 was too expensive to get in until that little detail use revealed to me.  All the free beer, wine, and food you could eat.  I do think they should have the best of 417 tattoo parlor.  Ask the boys from Scorpion Choppers in Nixa.  They are all gettin’ Snorty Horse tats.  Be lookin’ for some type of weekly bike event as soon as it warms up a little. 
Looks like the Radio show is goin’ pretty good also. There were a few things I didn’t like in the beginning, but the bugs are getting worked out and I think it’s going to be fine. Boland got interviewed last week which made me feel a lot better. It’s on from 10:00 P.M. to midnight every Saturday and I think you may get it online or from a pod cast also off the 100.5thewolf website. Let me know what you guys think of the show. Your input on this is important to me rather its positive or negative feedback.

Got some really good shows lined up for you this weekend.

WED. FEB. 28th: ALLEN ROSS. Have you girls had those ORANGE MO FO’s that Jake makes; or those BAD ASS TRUCKERS. These are two drinks that were developed here at the Snorty Horse and will be included in on the “Not so special drink special” which also includes $1 Yard beers and $3 Jagur shots.

THUR. MAR. 1st: SARAH HUGHES! Sarah has been a staple for the live music industry in Northwest Arkansas for years. She has won numerous awards for her songwriting and performing abilities and we’re lucky to have her included in this week’s lineup. She was honored by the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards in 2005 and ’06 as “female vocalist of the year”, “06 songwriter of the year” and “album of the year” and was also the songwriter of the year at the Ozark Music Awards in ’04.
All this and she plays at Georges Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, AR all the time which is one of my all time favorite bars.

FRI. MAR. 2nd: The JOHN EVANS BAND with KRIS KANATZER. Off of John’s website, you can click on a particular date and a short description of the show appears. For the Snorty Horse date it says “Katy Bar the Door!!!” That pretty much sums it up in a nutshell. John has made a lot of friends and fans in this part of the world and it’s going to be a good night. That and it’s going to be CRAZY!!!
Kris Kanatzer is a young guy from MSU that has turned some heads recently. He was referred to me by Michael Brothers who writes the entertainment stuff in the Springfield paper. Evidently Kris is in a CMT contest called Music City Madness and is kickin’ some ass. He has never been to this bar before and before I booked this show, I kind of quizzed him over the phone. My first question was “what kind of music influences him”… just ‘cause I didn’t want a Chesney wan a be at the horse. I could tell he kind of was stepping around the question basically tryin’ to find the answer that I wanted. I then said “Come on man…what kind of stuff do you like?” That was when he told me he was a metal head at heart and that is when I told him he had a gig.

SAT. MAR. 3rd: BASTARD SONS of JOHNNY CASH with BO PHILLIPS!!! Mark Stuart is the founder and lead man of the BSoJC and many of you might remember the Christmas acoustic show that Mark performed. It was awesome! The BSoJC are probably better known in Europe. They have been on tour there before and are fixin’ to go again. You might pick up their live DVD that was filmed somewhere over there last year. It’s good stuff. Their new CD is also sellin’ like crazy. Remember that this is an original band and not a Johnny Cash cover band although you may here some JC songs. Mark was told by Johnny Cash himself on his deathbed to use his name for Stuart’s band. This is also a more traditional old school country band compared to a lot of the stuff that I book. It’s also one of the only international touring acts that will come through the Snorty Horse doors.
BO PHILLIPS is supporting the show. Many of you may also know Bo as Stoney Larue’s brother. This guy can sing, and he’s a crowd pleaser and he’s got a full band now. I think it will be fiddle, bass, and drums and Bo on guitar. He plays at a bar in Stillwater every week and there’s always a line. Good things are happening to this guy!

Other shows:

MAR. 9th is the JOHN D. HALE show with CHARLIE HORSE and the pink guitar auction for the American Cancer Society. You can buy tix online for this show and remember that $2 of each ticket will be donated also.

MAR. 10th By popular demand! BACK PORCH MARY!!!!

MAR. 15 is the Cowboy Toy Ropin’ and we will give away a Snorty Horse belt buckle to the high money winner.

MAR. 28th RECKLESS KELLY with MICKEY and the MOTORCARS. You can buy these tickets online also.


Steve Greene
Snorty Horse Saloon
"Best Little Texas Roadhouse in Missouri"
3050 N. Kentwood Ave.
Springfield, MO 65803
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Brandon Jenkins

February 2007
Brandon Jenkins Band Newsletter

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Hey All, thanks so much for your continued support! We've been getting a tremendous response from our live shows lately, and there seems to be a new energy surrounding the Band; come out and tap into that energy when ya get a chance! -Brandon

Upcoming Live Shows
Come check out the trio!!!!

  • Sat 3-3 Muldoon's El Campo, TX
  • Sat 3-10 Armadillo Palace Houston, TX

"VII" Goes National
charting in Texas and the Nation

First off, our latest single Why Did We Ever Say Goodbye is really hangin in there moving back up 2 spots to #6!!! We've had this song in the top 10 for over 2 months on The Texas Music Chart, thanks so much to radio for playing the hell out of it. I just found out VII has charted Nationally coming in at #115 on the Americana Charts just in front of Beck, and The Dixie Chicks!!!

Dallas Mardi Gras
totally shitty situation

If you haven't already heard, I'm sure you will, about the now infamous Dallas Mardi Gras show. We did an early set there, because we had to leave to play a show in Stillwater, OK later that night. The actual show went great, the fans were into it, singing along with all the songs... We had to start a few minutes late because the band before us went over on their time, no big deal, happens all the time, well about 40 minutes into our scheduled 45 minute set the sound guy says one more song, so we went into our usual closing combo number of Finger On The Trigger/Livin Down On The Line, same way we end every show, essentially the climax of our performance; with about 30 seconds to go before we're done the sound goes off. I was sure it was technical problems, but when I looked at the sound guy he's running his hand across his throat like a knife yelling IT'S OVER, TIMES UP!!! Let me say in the 17 + years I've been doing this, I have never been so insulted, nor have I ever seen that happen to someone while the crowd is rockin and enjoying the music so much. Well, needless to say, I totally lost it, and began to scream obscenities, and may have knocked over a stand or two, the crowd went nuts and started chanting FUCK YOU, FUCK YOU... flippin the bird to the sound guy. It was a tense situation, but I finally took my happy ass off stage. I do know one thing though, he was lucky to be far away from me, because I hate to think what would have happened if I didn't a chance to cool down and think first. I went out to the Van and smoked a joint and started feeling bad for the way I acted, and started to wonder if I had cut my own throat by my display. I went out and talked to the people from 99.5 The Wolf and told the I was sorry for over reacting, and they said I was totally in the right, and they were embarrassed by the sound guys behavior. The Band that played right after us had a lot of class and called the sound guy out as well saying "that was total bullshit what you did to Brandon". Anyway that's the long and short of it, cause I'm sure the story'll grow taller as time passes. I'm really a nice guy most of the time, but I will not tolerate disrespect like that, I don't care who you are, or what the setting may be.

Jack Ingram

Jack Ingram Q&A March 2007
By Richard Skanse

It seems like every time we've caught up with Jack Ingram in the past, he's always been standing on the verge of something big. Long established as one of the most consistently talented and respected Texas country artists of his generation — heck, practically the first Texas country artist of his generation, having bridged the gap between Robert Earl Keen and the Pat Green brigade — Ingram has nevertheless spent most of his career aiming for something bigger than regional stardom. And to borrow a line from one of his early live staples, “there ain't nothing wrong with that.” Because good as his first three, independent Texas releases were, Ingram's best three albums were all made in Nashville. From 1997's Steve Earle/Ray Kennedy-produced Livin' or Dyin' to 1999's Hey You and especially 2002's Electric , Ingram proved it was possible to keep one foot planted firmly on Lone Star soil and the other on Music Row without losing artistic dignity.

So when LoneStarMusic featured Ingram as our Artist of the Month five years ago when Electric — his second album for major-label Sony — came out, we were pretty damn sure that record was going to be “the one” that finally did it for him. But it didn't. Next thing we knew, Ingram was back to square one, working the regional scene as an independent artist. He put out three live albums, including 2004's near-definitive Live at Gruene Hall: Happy Happy. The second half of the title came from a sardonic new Ingram original, “Happy Happy Country Country,” that sounded like a stiff middle finger to the mainstream country radio world that seemed to have spurned him for good. Things may not have worked out the way Ingram had hoped they would, but he couldn't have closed the door on that long chapter of career with a better kiss-off.

Or at least, we thought it was a kiss-off. Turns out, he was just venting a little, and gearing up for another shot at the big time. Early last year, that Live at Gruene album was renamed Live Wherever You Are and re-released by an upstart Nashville label called Big Machine (a tiny little imprint of an even bigger machine, Universal). The tracklist had been amended slightly to make room for three new tunes, including a pair of new studio tracks — “Wherever You Are” and “Love You” — earmarked as singles. Ingram didn't write either of those songs, but he sang ‘em with the conviction of an artist who knew he had a couple of hits on his hands. It was just a matter of time before they, you know, hit . Which turned out to be only a few months after's last chat with Jack last January. By summer, while Ingram was out on the road with Brooks & Dunn and Sheryl Crow (two separate tours at the same time), “Wherever You Are” hit No. 1 on the country chart. “Love You” would later make it to No. 12.

So here we are again, catching Ingram right on the brink of what seems to be the biggest record of his life. Things didn't always pan out that way in the past, but this time, well … this is it. This is so certainly “it” that Ingram even named his new record — his first studio set in five years — This Is It (due March 27). Currently touring behind his third Top 20 country hit in a row (a somewhat controversial cover of Oklahoma rock band Hinder's recent breakthrough single, “Lips of an Angel”), Ingram is staring down another long year of relentless touring and radio and press interviews. He's going to see very little of his home in Austin in the next 12 months, but when he does get a chance to catch his breath, if he's anything less than country music's breakout “new artist” of the year, a lot of folks are gonna be scratching their heads. Because after “Lips” has run its course, the new album's stuffed with damn-near sure-thing hits — and that's just on the first half of the record, before you get to the really good stuff.

Yeah, this is it. Has to be.

Hello again, Jack. And congrats on yet another Top 20 hit. Is this getting old yet?

No! [ Laughs ] I think I have an itch that's going to prove to be addictive.

It's gotta be overwhelming to have worked so long for this kind of success, and then to have it hit like, boom-boom-boom! Even stretched out over a year, it's really caught up with a vengeance.

Yeah. I'm just trying to get over the idea that it starts happening, and you start waiting for the other shoe to drop. I'm trying to get over that and to get into the mindset of hoping that this will just be the first three [hits] of many.

Well, there better be more to come, right? I mean, calling the record This Is It — that's pretty much like going “all in” even before you've seen the full hand, isn't it?

[ Laughs ] Yeah. But the thought process behind the title was just how, you know — all those gigs, all those disappointments, all those miles … it was all leading somewhere. And this was it. It comes from a line in the song “Hold On,” that says, “Hold on, because baby, this is it.” Every time I sang that line I got choked up, because in my mind I was singing it to my family and the people closest to me. So I wrote that down as a title to remember, and it kept staring back at me until I knew … OK, that's the title. It's the idea of all the roads and all that experiences leading up to this moment. But then in another sense, it's also the idea of holding onto all these good things, and it has nothing to do with professional stuff.

Speaking of all the experiences leading up this: What's been the most surreal moment for you this past year? In terms of that realization of, I dunno, “Man, we're not just in Gruene anymore”?

I think stepping onstage with Sheryl Crow was probably the most surreal. Because it was probably the most nervous I've ever been. And that seemed very real; I mean, it was surreal, but also, “This is fucking happening, man.” You know, you're onstage, and being asked to sing with a future Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. It was kind of like this crashing moment of leaving my world and entering into a world that I'd seen on TV. You know what I mean?

Yeah. I can see where that might be more of a career leap for you than, say, the first time you sang with Willie Nelson. He was no doubt a bigger influence on you, but he was always …

He was a much bigger influence, and a huge hero of mine. But he's from my world, you know? He's close. Whereas, I remember when Sheryl's The Globe Sessions came out, and it just seemed like another world, like something that was unreachable.

Do you get starstruck in those situations?

Well, that's probably as close to being starstruck as I get. It's not about the stardom I guess; for that moment, it was just about the largeness of it. It felt like I was crashing into something. I wasn't nervous because I was meeting Sheryl Crow.

How do you rate your performance that first time you sang with her?

That's the other thing man. I feel like, in my head, those are the moments that surprise me and add to my arsenal of personal strength, I guess. It's doing something that you think you can't do, and then you jump in and do and you come out the other side unscathed. I don't know exactly how it was, but I know that I sang on pitch and didn't forget the words, you know what I mean? It was just one of those things where you go, “All right man, holy shit, here we go …”

She sings with you on “Hold On” on the new record. Do you ever listen back to that and still get a tingle of, “Wow, that's Sheryl Crow singing on my record. How'd that happen?”

[ Laughs ] Yeah. It's funny man. She called me after she sang on it, and she said, “Oh my God, that was great. Thanks for letting me sing on your track, I can't wait for you to hear it.” And I was like, “Thank you .” We had a 10-minute conversation. And about a half hour later I was sitting on the back of the bus, and it hit me: “Holy shit, Sheryl Crow just called me to say how great my song was that she just got done singing on!” So I actually texted her and said, “Hey Sheryl, I might have forgotten to mention this when we were on the phone a little while ago, but … Sheryl fucking Crow just sang on my record!” I think she got a pretty good kick out of that.

And then half an hour after that , you thought, “Holy shit, I just text-messaged Sheryl freaking Crow!”

Right! The whole thing reminded me of that joke … I don't know if I'm going to remember how to tell this right, because I heard it a long time ago, but this guy gets shipwrecked with Cindy Crawford. This was back when she was the hottest chick in the world. So, he promises to do something for her if, for one minute, she'll act like she's a guy. I guess he promised to do something really girly. So, she agrees, and he says, “Let me call you ‘Dave.'” And Cindy Crawford goes, “OK.” And he goes, “Hey Dave, you're not going to believe who I'm fucking!”

You've been running with a lot of big mainstream country stars lately, too. You toured last year with Brooks & Dunn and, later, Gary Allan. And you're about to spend several months opening for Brad Paisley. That's gotta seem kind of surreal sometimes, too. I mean, I know you were never part of the “Nashville sucks!” party here in Texas, but you had to have been conscious of the differences between the Texas scene and Texas artists and the whole Nashville world. Has your exposure to the other side of that fence changed your attitude or opinion about some of those more mainstream acts?

Yeah. But I still think, as a fan, that I have a right to think, “ That sucks .” Or, “that's great,” or whatever. I still reserve that right. I remember times where I'd be with the band, and we'd be dissing somebody, and someone would speak up and say, “Yeah, but he's nice.” And Bukka Allen, who was playing keyboards with us then, said, “There's no such thing as ‘nice' in music. It's either fucking good, or it's not!” [ Laughs ] But with all that being said, after meeting some of these guys … just from my experience, through the success I've had this year, you hope it has something to do with your songs and your talent, but a whole lot of it has to do with hard work. And those guys, some of these people who make music that I hate, I know for a fact that they're working harder than a lot of the people that sit down in Texas and diss on their music. That's been a sobering thought. I'm not the only guy doing interviews everyday and out on the road for nine months out of the year.

Speaking of dissing artists — I don't know if you've picked up on this yet, but hell hath no fury like 15-year-old, diehard Hinder fans.

I know man.

They've really done a number on your iTunes review rating for the “Lips of an Angel” single. And a few of them seem to have found your MySpace page, too. It seems they all think you really suck.

[ Laughs ] Yeah, I read some of that and decided that reading it was not in my best interest.

I particularly love the one-star reviews where they'll be like, “This guy totally stole Hinder's song! He needs to be sued!”

Yeah. I read a few like that. I've been lucky in my career in that I haven't had to experience a whole lot of that before, but now I'm like, “OK, now I know how that feels!” When I first saw it, it was late one night and I figured I'd go on MySpace to answer some mail and questions, and I got like four of those comments. And I was like, “Hmm. Well that stinks.” And if you get close enough to it, it's like somebody's pointing a finger in your face, and you start blowing up yourself. That's what it felt like to me. Like, “No, fuck you .” It feels like they're right in your face and you're about to get in a fight. But once I backed up from it, it's easier to kind of have an idea of where it's coming from and why it's coming. On another level, I understand what they're saying, and I can argue for and against where they're coming from. They're just really passionate about their favorite band. Especially the ones that don't understand the business aspect of it. They're pissed off because they think I stole that song, but they don't understand that I'm making that band a whole bunch of fucking money. But I get it, and I put it into perspective for myself so I don't have to dwell on it. I mean, I'm a big Tim McGraw fan now. But you would not have found anybody who didn't like “Indian Outlaw” more than me as a 22-year-old kid. I hated it. I thought it was the end to country music. I thought, “Man, that guy should burn!” That's the way I felt, and that's the way some of these guys reacting against “Lips of an Angel” feel, too. But, only Tim McGraw knew that that song was the very beginning of his career and the very beginning of the depth of music that he was going to choose to sing. You know?

Have you met the guys in Hinder? I think they're all about 22, themselves.

I haven't. I hung out with their road manager one time, but I haven't met them. And I don't pretend to be friends with them.

How did you approach that song when you recorded it? “Wherever You Are” and “Love You” were outside songs, too, but “Lips” was obviously very different because it was already a current hit for another act. Did it take you long to find your own handle on it?

The only reason I did the song was because I thought it was a well-written song. So I approached it just like I would any other song I wanted to check out; I took it all the way down to an acoustic guitar and a vocal, words and music, and built it back from that. So it became more “mine” and more of my story that way.

Let's talk about some of the songs you did write on this record, because I really think those are the standouts here. Starting with “Great Divide.”

It's basically about driving through West Texas, but it's also kind of about my family, and about the culture out there. I wrote it while driving out to Abilene to play a gig at a place called the Ponderosa. It was a Friday night, about 7:30 in the evening, and as I was driving west on 20, every station on the FM dial had a high school football game. And I was just laughing because I was going 90 miles an hour because I knew the cops weren't around because I knew they were at the ball game. The song is a part of a story that just happened — it smelled like West Texas, the cotton and the oil and the cattle. That distinct thing that only happens there. And just having spent some time out there and knowing some of the people out there, I feel like I have an affiliation — I feel like I know it from an objective point of view, because I didn't grow up there, I just know about it. So I pulled over and wrote the song in roughly 10 minutes.

You've got family out West, don't you?

Yeah. In Midland. My granddad was in the oil business. There's a line in there, “Some of them get rich / but they're gamblers still.” That's what I've always loved about those rich oil men from Texas, is that as obnoxious as they can be, they all know the game, man. They're all just gamblers, they're all just one step away from the poor house. So from my perspective, the difference between the guy working on the oil derrick and the guy running the oil derrick has always seemed to be pretty small. Except for the checkbook. But most of those guys, they've all come in and out of debt, they've come in and out of bankruptcy, and they're all out there just trying to hit it big.

My other personal favorite is “All I Can Do.” Which is pretty much another one of your songs addressing your own struggle to hit it big, isn't it?

Right. That was more of a response to just some of the crazy, half-assed circumstances I was in before this record deal came about. Some of the music business stuff, where you kind of put your faith in that if you do the work, and you have faith that if other people are as involved with their work as you are with yours, that you all can find some common ground and get some things done. And at the end of the day, if somebody doesn't give a shit about you, they're not going to care about you. There's no amount of good deeds that you can do to get the faith of somebody else if they just don't see it. And after 10 years of really trying to get the attention of some people that I thought were really interested in me and my career … that song is kind of a response to that. Like, “Wow. That's all I can do, man.”

“Easy as 1,2,3” kind of hints at the same theme, but in a much more upbeat kind of way. You wrote that one with Todd Snider. He's been dropping your name a lot lately. He's got that whole verse about you in his song “Nashville,” off of East Nashville Skyline . And I heard him on KUT-FM the other day, doing a live version of “Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues” where he changed the last line to: “I think I'll move back down to Austin / help Jack Ingram lug his shit around.” And then tried to cover up for saying “shit” on the radio by saying, “Hit! I meant, ‘Help Jack Ingram lug his big No. 1 hit around!'”

[ Laughs ] That's funny, man.

How long have you two known each other?

Since '96. We met 11 years ago. He has the same booking agent as I did at the time. He was the first tour that we went out opening for; he was just playing little roadside dives, but they all weren't in Texas. We went out and opened for him basically that whole year. And we hit it off right away. One conversation and we realized we had all the same records growing up. I still consider him one of my best friends in the business. He's one of those guys who, we talk every … even if it's been six months, we just pick up right where we left off.

Just a couple of last things. “Love You” is up for some kind of CMT Video Award. That's a first for you, isn't it?


It seems to be a fan-voted affair. Do you check in on that, to see how it's fairing in the polls?

No, I don't. I didn't even know it was nominated for a while. Not because I don't care. I do care. I just … I try to keep that stuff … I guess we'll see how I do on either of these fronts, but I try to keep it as far apart from my psyche as I do the negative comments from 15-year-old Hinder fans. Because at the end of the day, none of those things are going to count.

I actually only asked about the CMT thing so I could sneak this other awards show question. I gotta put you on the spot here: Since you're in the middle of this transition from Texas sensation to mainstream country star, what did you think of the Dixie Chicks' sweep at the Grammys? I was thrilled, but I know there were, um, “a few” folks on the mainstream country side of the industry — not to mention lots of conservatives, period — who saw that and thought, “What the hell?” They assume it was all politics, and had nothing to do with the music.

Right. The liberal media conspiracy. And I do partly agree with that, in the sense that it's people who have the right to vote. It's the same argument circling around and around and around. Like, “Hey man, you had the right to ban them from your radio stations, you had the right to smash their records, and I have the right to vote for them for best record of the year, because I think it is.” I'm a huge fan of that record. I remember when I got it, we all talked about it — that's a great record. So I'm proud for them, and I know they feel justified in some respect. But I do feel — not in the same fervor and spirit as everyone else, but I do sometimes wish she [Natalie Maines] would just fucking shut up. [ Laughs ] Not because I don't like her politics, but just shut up, would ya? And I would say that to her. Because I just think that she's so talented, and they make such great records, but … you know, I actually had a chance to watch that movie [ Shut Up and Sing ] the other day, and she said something that I've thought the whole time. She said, “God, they would not be making such a big stink over this if they knew me! Why do they care what I have to say?” [ Laughs ]

Finally … I hate to end on a bum note, but I hear your lead guitarist, Chris Masterson , is jumping ship for a gig with Jay Farrar's Son Volt. Is that something you saw coming for a while?

No. He told me about that the first week of February, I guess. But I had a feeling before that that something might be up. It was one of those deals where you're in a relationship, and nothing is said, but I just thought, “I wonder if something's about to happen.” That was in January.

What tipped you off? Was it when he started calling you “Jay”?

[ Laughs ] Yeah! Little tiny clues. Son Volt playing from his bunk, stuff like that. I'm certainly not … I don't have the attitude of, “I've seen ‘em come and I've seen ‘em go.” But I have had guitar players that I really wanted to play with and liked playing with leave before. And the world keeps turning and the train keeps going.

Whatever new guy you pick this time isn't going to have a lot of time to ease into the gig though, is he? He's gonna make his debut in front of the biggest crowds you've ever played to.

That's the only part that I'm a little anxious about. You don't have time to go burn it down jam-style in some roadside honky-tonk and get your bearings. So we're going to have to figure that out; we're probably going to have to do more rehearsals than we've done before to compensate for that. But, I'm positive it's going to work out. I know it will. I know I'm going to find the right guy, because I feel like I have a pretty good sense of where we're headed.

Specifically, a really long tour with Brad Paisley, which kicks off April 26. I understand the tour's being sponsored by Hershey's. Sweet!

Yeah. Hopefully my wife will enjoy that, too. I've already thought about that one a lot. What's their catering going to look like? Big bowls of chocolate and fountains of chocolate!

Pre-orders will receive
an autographed booklet

Jack Ingram
This Is It
*ships 3/27*
(buy) - $14.99