Bill Abernathy Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show
Lamitschka: Music has many new fans
throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time.
How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who
has never seen or heard you?
Answer: Storytelling in song. I am a
singer songwriter who translates real life events and personal
interactions into songs that not only tell the story, but also
include a bit of learnings I pick up from each experience. I have a
little mantra that says “If you hear a song that sounds like it was
written about you, it may have been.”
Lamitschka: How was the last year for
you? What were your highlights?
Answer: With the release of Crossing
Willow Creek, the past few months have been very fun and very busy.
We have been fortunate to have dozens of interviews, radio and
television opportunities. It’s a bit of work, but so much fun.
Lamitschka: What is your latest CD and
how’s it doing?
Answer: Our latest release is Crossing
Willow Creek. We are quite proud of the project, and based on our
response to date, folks are really enjoying our music. We’ve been
fortunate to receive airplay all over the globe and appear on many
music charts. It’s exciting for me to know that so many people all
over the globe listen to and enjoy what we do. It actually quite
humbling as well. Thanks to all of you.
Lamitschka: How did you choose the title
for the CD? Is there a story behind the name?
Answer: The title song for Crossing
Willow Creek is a tune I wrote several years ago called Willow Creek.
The song really documents how I originally got into music and how it
has changed my life. The story of the album title is really about
that song. Originally recorded purely acoustic, we changed the
production of Willow Creek as well as many other tunes, giving each
tune a different musical voice. This was a very interesting process,
and we really like the outcome. The title Crossing Willow Creek is
documenting our transition from purely acoustic music like Willow
Creek, into a more produced and differently voiced product.
Lamitschka: Do you write the songs
yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?
Answer: I write all my own tunes,
sometimes with a co-writer. We also choose a few select cover tunes
and include them on all our projects. Crossing Willow Creek has tunes
written by me, songs co-written with my son Chad and other friends,
as well as tunes from Dan Fogelberg and Jimmy Spheeris. We pride
ourselves in our musical versatility and covering songs from such
great artists is always special for me.
Lamitschka: Please tell us about the
songs on your album (influences, etc).
Answer: Crossing Willow Creek has 11
tunes. They range is genre from Country to Rock to Blues to Folk.
Each song I special to me and are recorded in the genre that best
accentuates the lyrics and the story behind the song. I could spend
all day telling each of the stories, but what I find interesting is
to hear what our fans think of the stories they hear and then share
with me what they think the tune is about. Each tune may mean
something different to each fan and hearing their stories is very
interesting for me.
Lamitschka: Your current single is being
played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that
makes people want to hear it?
Answer: Our current single is named
Changes. It talks about various changes that have occurred in my
life. We recorded 3 verses of the tune, but I think there may be
about 50 based on how many changes have occurred in my life. Change
is the one constant in each of our lives, and how we react and adapt
to each of those changes really helps define who we are. As the tune
says, “Change always teaches us to be everything we’re destined
Lamitschka: What will your next single
Answer: Our first single from Crossing
Willow Creek was a rocker called Cry Wolf. Changes is a country rock
tune. Our next release will be from my softer side, a beautiful love
song called Meant to Be. It took me about 30 years to write Meant To
Be, so it’s only fair that it gets its chance to be heard by bigger
Lamitschka: What is your favorite song
among all the songs you have recorded and what’s the story behind it?
Answer: That is really not a fair
question, haha. I think each song has a life and a meaning of its own
with a special place in my heart for each. Our tune Willow Creek is
really special to me as I flashback to where music started for me and
discuss what all that means to me. I would say it’s “one” of my
Lamitschka: How much creative control do
you have over your music?
Answer: I have full control of everything
we do. That said I would be remiss to not mention the other great
artists I am blessed to work with. Max Berry, Rick Yord, Paul
Roberts, Jaisson Taylor, Lynn Allred. Each of these fantastic
musicians have input into what we create in our finished product. I
would be silly to not listen to their ideas and implement them into
Lamitschka: There’s a lot of work that
goes into a number one hit. What did it take to make it in your case?
Answer: We have been fortunate to have
one single hit #1. It’s from our Find A Way album and played in the
Folk Genre. It’s a very introspective love song called Goodbye Will
Never Come Again. In that song is a confession, and apology and a
promise that Goodbye Will Never Come Again. The hard part of that
tune is really the introspection into my thoughts and actions,
realizing that I have made some terrible mistakes over the years
regarding personal relationships. Bringing those thoughts to light,
and then working through the various emotions associated with them
was a very enlightening time. I learned a lot about myself writing
that song. Oh and its really pretty, did I mention that? haha
Lamitschka: Most careers don’t last as
long as yours. What’s given your career the staying power?
Answer: I was reading an article recently
about a famous cello player who is over 90 years old. He still
practices several hours a day. When asked why he simply said, “I
think I am making progress” That to me was perfect. To continually
challenge yourself to improve is such a statement to longevity in
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