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An Interview with the Doc Killian
By CSO European Contributing Journalist, Christian Lamitschka.

Doc Killian is a factory worker, BMI songwriter, and recording artist. He has released 4 CDs and hes working currently on a Gospel CD.

Ch.L.: How was the last year for you? Where there any highlights?

DOC: Last year was great. A song from my first album was adopted by WBLQ in Rhode Island ( DJ Phil Briggs) for airplay on their Country Stew program 3 days a week. Nine of my songs have made the charts in Europe. I have received numerous positive reviews of my songs (by yourself included). I received a thank you letter from the President for sending him MY FLAG, Remember Our Veterans, To Our Troops, and True American. I performed at the International Country Music Festival in Nashville and came in the top 20 of 220. I have done numerous appearances and gotten overwhelming positive feedback.

Ch.L.: What did you do before you got into the music business?

DOC: I worked in an Auto Factory (Michigan Truck Plant), as I still do. As a truly independent artist (no publisher, promoter, distributor etc), I cant afford to "quit my day job".

Ch.L.: 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?

DOC: I have had others compare my music to Stonewall Jackson, Johnny Cash, Tom T Hall and others. I myself am just trying to keep Traditional Style music alive.

Ch.L.: What is your current CD and how is it doing?

DOC: My current CD is Boss And Work Are 4-Letter Words. This CD is far surpassing what I had hoped that it would do. At least 3 tracks from this CD are on the move. As long as my songs are getting airplay I feel that I have done something right. DJs have unlimited resources when it come to getting music, and if they are playing mine, I am truly honored.

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

DOC: I write my own songs with the exception of Boss And Work which I co-wrote with Bobby "Swampgrass" Anderson. Being a factory worker and a veteran I have a lot that I am able to write about. A majority of my songs are either Blue Collar or Patriotic.

Ch.L.: What is the different between your last and your current album?

DOC: The major difference is that the current CD is Half-Bluegrass, Half Country. I compose a lot of my songs with a banjo, but I have yet to really learn to play it. Bobby "Swampgrass" Anderson and William Davis helped me actually get through the last album. With 50+ and 35+ years experience with music, I can't give these fine musicians enough credit. I have made a commitment to all my fans that my music will only get better. I threw away a whole recording session because I didn't like it so I went and re-recorded so that it would turn out the way I am sure that my fans would have wanted it. And by the way, it is one of the songs that has done the best-End Of Line Time.

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

DOC: My Flag! I was sitting at the dining room table and I looked out into the front yard and saw My Flag blowing in the wind and I just started writing what I felt about it. I got the part about burning the Flag from remembering the 1970s news reports and also the recent news reports that showed the same thing. It disgusted me to see that some don't know, or don't care about the sacrifices that our ancestors made, to give us the freedom that we enjoy today.

Ch.L.: How much creative control do you have over your music?

DOC: I usually know how I want a song to be sung, but it takes the musicians to make it happen. I have been fortunate to find the two that I have worked with. Bobby and Bill know more about the way I write because both have worked with me from the beginning.

Ch.L.: 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?

DOC: The internet is an amazing advantage. We are all globally linked, and as an example, I receive sometimes as many as 30 e-mails a day from overseas. That's not counting the ones from the US. I have met people from all over the world through the internet. There are also avenues through cyber-space that were not available 1 year ago. With internet radio you can find virtually any kind of music you enjoy.

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

DOC: I have listened to all styles of music but I always wind up back at Traditional Style Country. For me that is the genre that is more real and true to life. I grew up with Johnny Cash, Hank Sr. and all the other great names of Traditional County. If I had to pick one artist it would be Johnny Cash.

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

Christian Lamitschka ( Christian@CountryStarsOnline.com )

 

 

 

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