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An Interview with Dale Everett
By CSO European Contributing Journalist, Christian Lamitschka.

Dale Everett was born in Washington State, where he still reside. He began playing drums at age 12, progressed to guitar and most recently have been working on the mandolin and banjo. He have been in many many different groups, have performed in most of the Western U.S. and southern Canada in major colleges, clubs and festivals, have performed on PBS television nationally, and recently recorded for AMI Records Nashville.

Question: Country Music has many new fans in Europe who may be learning about you for the first time. How would you describe the music you play to someone who's never seen or heard you before?

DE: My music style is a unique mix of Country and Bluegrass with the new "Pop Country" feel. It has a certain Folky feel, but still has some edge and is a mix of Acoustic and Electric instrumentation.

Question: What is your current CD and how is it doing?

DE: My current release is "Wonderful Life", a single on AMI records' Tamara label. It has begun to get play in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, as well as the southern U.S. It has charted at BurningCountry.com's "Inside Country" indie chart and is currently #23 there.

Question: How did you find the title for the CD and what inspired you?

DE: The title and inspiration for the song came from a book I read about "Hobo" signs and jargon they use while riding the rails. I was taken with the simplicity of their life style and thought it would be a "Wonderful Life" to travel around like that.

Question: Do you write the songs yourself and if not, how do you go about finding songs for your albums?

DE: I write all my own material.

Question: What's your favorite song among all the songs you've recorded and what's the story behind it?

DE: My favorite song is called "All the Way to Shiloh". It is a song about the American Civil War as seen through the eyes of young boys from both sides. I got the inspiration for it after watching a T.V. documentary on the battle of Shiloh.

Question: How much creative control do you have over your music?

DE: As for the writing, 100 percent. In the studio my producer, Michael Radford, has most of it, but we do work together. He is a total professional, and I feel he does an EXCELLENT job!

Question: There's a lot of work that goes into a Number One hit ... what does it take to make it?

DE: A good song, faith in yourself, support from your record label and most importantly, THE FANS who buy your music!!

Question: How much do your songs influence your audience?

DE: I hope that my songs project a POSITIVE message. This is important in today's world, and I want my audience to get a good vibe from my music and pass it on to all.

Question: The internet is playing a bigger and bigger part in the world of music. Has the internet hurt or helped you and how would you like to see it evolve?

DE: The internet has been the biggest help in my career, aside from Record label support. It is a fantastic way for the independent as well as major label artists to get their name out to the public, promote and sell their music internationally, build a fan base and in short, build their career as never before.

Question: Who do you look up to musically and where do your musical roots come from?

DE: The Dirt Band, Marty Stewart, Allison Krauss/Union Station, Pat Green, Shaver, John Hartford. I guess my musical roots come from listening to traditional country people like Jim Ed Brown, George Jones, Ernest Tubb. The first country song I remember listening to was "The Three Bells" by the Browns. I listened to it over and over. It has wonderful imagery. Also "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is my vote for all time best country song.

Question: What do you think about today's Country Music versus its roots and where do you see it going in the future?

DE: Seems to me that country has gone "pop". That is ok, but it seems that traditional country has taken a back seat, although some new artists have brought back the old sound. Gretchen Wilson's "When I Think About Cheatin'" comes to mind. Very Patsy Cline-ish! As for the future, I guess we all just keep on doing what we do and hope everyone likes it!!

Question: If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

DE: Accessibility to music markets for the independent artist. Distribution seems to be the biggest problem.

Question: As an artist you have to do so many different things such as recording, touring, doing interviews etc. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

DE: My favorite activity is recording, followed by touring. I never get tired of the studio atmosphere, and playing live is the greatest experience, especially when the fans are enjoying what you do and let you know it!

Question: How did you get into Country Music ... is there a story behind it?

DE: I came in to country music because I saw in it REAL musicianship, honest song content, and the more wholesome atmosphere of the genre. Country artists seem to be a "Family" and have a sense of real camaraderie.

Question: Before you became a star, where your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?

DE: My family has supported me 100 percent in my musical endeavors over the years, and I am very thankful for their unconditional support and love.

Question: Has your journey to success been a hard or an easy road?

DE: I am still traveling that road, and it has sometimes been the hardest thing I have ever done, and sometimes things happen so easily that it makes you wonder what the catch is. All in all, it remains an amazing journey!

Question: What drives you? What inspired you to become an artist?

DE: Writing music drives me. That drive continues to make me desire to be a performing artist.

Question: What does it take to be a Country Star?

DE: Some would say "Luck". Others say "Talent" or "Looks". I think you have to have those qualities (I missed the "Looks" boat!!), but for me the answer is the "Feel" of country music. You have to be able to "be" the music you write and perform and to project that to your audience.

Question: What's unique about you that differentiates you from other artists?

DE: I am more of the "Alternative Country" type. I'm not your typical cookie cutter cute guy pop-country star type. What really makes me different, I think, is that I do not try to be anyone else but me, in my writing, performing or my personal life.

Question: What has been your greatest challenge in music business?

DE: The hardest thing was to get a record label to listen to my music. A.M.I. Records listened and gave me a chance. I am thankful to them for going out on a limb for "Wonderful LIfe"

Question: What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you're proud of?

DE: Performing for Service personnel for the USO was extremely rewarding, and receiving the Honor Award for "Wonderful Life" from the Great American Song Contest 2003.

Question: When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

DE: I enjoy time with my family, work around our house, and I enjoy woodworking projects.

Question: Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

DE: I am happy with my life so far...

Question: What private hopes and desires do you have?

DE: Hope that the world will become a safer place for all, and I desire to perform in Europe as soon as possible!!!

Question: What has been the biggest disappointment in your life?

DE: That my Mother did not live long enough to see my career really take off.

Question: Many European fans travel to Nashville for Fan Fair because of the opportunity to see so many of their favorite stars at the same time. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?

DE: I am in the process of obtaining a booth at Fan Fair June 9-11, 2005. European fans are MOST WELCOME to come and see me and I am trying to get a space in Bluegrass Row. I will be easy to find.

Question: When you're on tour, do you have time to play tourist?

DE: Yes, I have in the past. Some highlights were Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and of course, NASHVILLE!

Question: Can your European fans look forward to seeing you in concert in the future?

DE: I sincerely hope to come to Europe. Any promoters who read this are welcome to get in touch with me through A.M.I. Records 

Question: Many music fans today get their information about artists via the internet. Do you have your own website and what information can the fans find about you on the internet?

DE: Yes. www.daleeverett.com There you will find my Bio, MP3's, Message Board and E-mail links.

Question: What are your plans for the future?

DE: More writing and recording. Also, I am considering a permanent move to Nashville.

Question: What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

DE: Been told that I don't sound like Garth!!

Question: What's your favorite song that you didn't record and why?

DE: A song called Number 9 Dust. It is about the death of a coal miner in West Virginia, but tells of the hope he had for redemption.

Question: What message would you like to send your European fans?

DE: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!! HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL SOON!!

Question: Are you doing anything to take country music beyond it's current borders or are you happy where it is?

DE: I guess my style of music is somewhat beyond the current pop-country border, maybe someone some-day will listen and be inspired to take it a step further. I am happy to see new acts like Big and Rich shake up Nashville a little. Different is good.

Question: In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between "traditional" and "new" country music?

DE: In my estimation, Traditional Country is from the heart, and more sincere. New Country seems to be a bit too formulaic and somewhat contrived.

Question: Please tell us about the songs on your album.

DE: The CD is a single release with two songs that I wrote. "Wonderful Life" is the main song that is receiving airplay. The other song is called "the Simple South". It is about an old man's lament for the South of his youth and his desire to remain a viable working man.

Question: What is the different between your last and your current album?

DE: This is my first release.

Question: Tell us about your fan club and how people can join it.

DE: Join at www.daleeverett.com You will receive monthly updates, live appearance schedules, contests and more!

Question: What is the latest news in your career?

DE: Am working on writing enough songs for a full album, and have been auditioning guitarists for a live band to begin performing this spring (March 2005).

Question: How was the last year for you? Where there any highlights?

DE: 2004 was a GREAT year. I was signed to A.M.I. Records, recorded the "Wonderful Life" single, won in the Great American Song contest  Question: What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert? Energy, Humor and above all, sincerity in the music content and songs that tell a story the fans can relate to.

Question: Is there anything you'd like to say to your fans that we haven't covered?

DE: Just to thank them all again from the bottom of my heart for their love and support!

Question: What did you do before you got into the music business?

DE: I was a barber of men's hair.

Question: Is there anyplace you haven't played that you would like to?

DE: THE GRAND OLE OPRY!!!!!!

Question: Do you play an instrument?

DE: I play the Guitar, Mandolin and am working on the Banjo.

Question: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

DE: I prefer the more ballad types, but I can rock it up with the best of 'em!!

Christian Lamitschka ( Christian@CountryStarsOnline.com )

 

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