Interview with Andrew Heller

Interview with Andrew Heller

by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Interview with Andrew Heller
Christian Lamitschka: I am Christian Lamitschka and today I present you Andrew Heller.
Andrew welcome to the show.
AH: It’s a pleasure to be here with you.
Christian Lamitschka: Andrew, we met each other times before and I know you have great new project trying to support all the artists which lost their houses and instruments during the big rain last year.
Andrew Heller: It was last week of April, in fact, we had gotten a call to cancel our recording session because all the studios were closed. The floodwaters were rising and we got a call from Ricky Skaggs saying ‘don’t come up.’ That same afternoon he called us back saying can you fly up tomorrow as everyone of your musicians lost instruments that were stored down by the river. The Cartage Company was right on the river. Some lost everything or had damage under their houses.  They all need work; can you come right away. So we flew in that day, the morning after the Cumberland (River) crested, and we recorded the first song “Reach Out.” We gave that song to the city council to use to raise money for the musicians. The people on that song including Brent Mason, Dave Chapman, the three living The Jordanaires who sang with Elvis.  Ray Walker is 94, Louis Nunley is 82, and Gordon Stoker is 80. They sang background on that. We did that song as quickly as we could, finished it up and gave it to the city council to use on the advertisement they put out nationwide to raise money for the musicians.
Christian Lamitschka: Who had this great idea for the CD Cover; folks, just have a look, isn’t it unbelievable? It looks so great! Who had the idea?
Andrew Heller: It actually was my wife; my wife is a very religious woman. My songs are inspirational and inspirational country with some country ballads, but she said you’re singing a song to try to reach people’s hearts and trying to get them to help one another, and you need a picture of Christ reaching out.
Christian Lamitschka: Which is your favorite song?
Andrew Heller: That’s hard to say. Every song here has a story, “Reach Out” was written by Boomer Castleman, whose a Nashville native. “The Way The Wind Blows” is very special song, a love song written by a ninety-four-year-old man who won one of the first reality television show, a show called YOU WANT TO BE A COMPOSER in 1950.  Ray Swain is now 94 and still writing love songs. He wrote for Perry Como for many years. We recorded this song on his 94th Birthday. It’s a beautiful, beautiful love song. I love that song. Chris, there’s a large number of new songs in here. All of them are great. We did a song by Ervin Drake, “Local Call to Heaven” that had never been recorded. He had written it for Frank Sinatra

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )

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