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Interview with Glen Templeton

Interview with Glen Templeton

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

Christian Lamitschka: I’m Christian Lamitschka and today I present you Glen Templeton. Glen, welcome to the show.
Glen Templeton: Thank you very much for having me, Christian.
Christian Lamitschka: Glen, you are well known here in the US, but maybe some of the European Fans don’t know you, so can you please introduce yourself and the music you are playing to someone who never heard nor seen you before?
Glen Templeton: Yea, I’m Glen Templeton and I was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which is in the southeast part of the US. I was raised in an ordinary working class family; my mother worked in the coal-mines and my dad was a traveling musician. He kind of instilled the love of country music in me with a song he recorded in the early 70s or 80s called “California”. He had a little bit success with it. Our music is a style of music that comes from the roots, how I was brought up in that working class environment. It also has a little bit of edge to it. Today’s country music radio here in the US; just blends in those lines of that music. It has a lot of heart and soul in it. We had such a good time making this record and we have good time listening to it. With this new single we are getting ready to release I can be the one, a guy who has certain amount imperfection, like all of us boys do… but still has at the end of the day confidence to say I can be the one. There is a couple of songs I had written, kind of related to my past. First song “Country Boys For Life” is a song that’s pretty much tell us about a guy and his buddy riding in the car for the first time. The freedom and the feel that you get out of, the first set of keys you own. I think this record is a record that everybody can relate to. It takes you to different places in your life; it takes you places, it takes you back to that time. Every song has something to it that will take you “…I remember when I first that… so we’re really excited about getting this thing out, hitting the radios out there.
Christian Lamitschka: Glen, that we can get a better idea about who you are, can you show us your personality more?
Glen Templeton: You mean a big smile.
Christian Lamitschka: Well, I like girls… so…
Glen Templeton: Well, well… me too…. (laughing), we have that in common!
Christian Lamitschka: But give us an idea about your social work and what brought you to country music. Where your parents supportive? By the time they know you were in the business, which is very scary sometimes.
Glen Templeton: Absolutely! You know, my parents have always been supportive. I always had this urge to get out and meet people or reach other people and my social life is kind of an ordinary life. I lead the same life as an ordinary common man in the world. I lead the same kind of life style. My family has always been supportive with anything that I do. I was raised by my grandmother all my life, so I was raised in old-fashioned with an old-fashioned view on everything. I was brought up on good country cooking. Here in town I’ve got met a lot of great people who opened some doors to a different kind of a professional lifestyle. They really taught me a lot of being an artist. You know it was never what I was looking for, I wanted sing songs, go out and play live; meet people and have an open relationship with everybody.
Christian Lamitschka: By the way, how do you look musically and what is your favorite stars, like, would you like to be like this guy or that guy…
Glen Templeton: Some of my influences where the real great who study great songs; great songwriter. Some of the people like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Conway Twiddy.
Christian Lamitschka: Sound like you’re more the old-school guy.
Glen Templeton: Yea, you know I was raised that traditional style family. I was brought up on good country music. As time went on, I became a teenager and listened to a lot of Hip Hop also. There was somewhat of an influence. For the most part, my heart has strictly been in country music.

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

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