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

J Edwards 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:
Definitely, Old School. Whether it’s Country, Outlaw Country, R&B,
Soul, Blues or  Rock n Roll… for me it still comes out feeling Old
School.

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?
Answer:
For me “real” Country has the most A-Ha moments and stories that people
are waiting to hear the ending.  Fast or slow I like songs that will
get people’s attention and keep them spellbound.

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what’s the story behind it?
Answer:
I have lots of favorites, but there’s one that has been with me for
almost twenty years called  One Last Place To Stop(before I get home).
Folks use to think it was a particular bar that I wrote it about, but
it’s more about the guy being pulled into any other Honky-tonk instead
of coming on home.  The real story is I got caught (by my wife) several
times driving through the parking lots of my regular local venues on
weekends, checking to see if my band still had the biggest draw compared
to the band playing that night.

Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?
Answer:
Lots and lots of stories. I’ve had big strong men come up and tell me
they listened to one of my songs on repeat for two hours the day before
and cried like babies…. and if I ever told anyone they would strangle
me. My songs tend to make a lot of fans cry.

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?
Answer:
My influences go back to 60’s and 70’s Gospel, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s
Country, Blues from who knows what era and Rock-n-Roll from it’s
beginning. I’ve been playing and singing since I was a toddler. Today,
I’m inspired by any of the few artists that are really trying to keep it
real and keep it all about the music. There are some still around and
most you’ve never heard of.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today’s music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?
Answer:
I think today’s music scene is best described as Social Media. Music is
just an extension of our social medias and it’s just an app on our
phones. Radio is not the same. Grass Roots concerts are almost gone and
so are the “promoters”. The arena concerts or “Block Parties” we have
here in Downtown Nashville are more like some big Rave or like Burning
Man where we just Ooh and Ahh over flashes of light. I do not know what
the future of music is. I really don’t have a clue.

Lamitschka:  If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Answer:
I wish the industry would stop making overnight celebrities. We have
too many people out there doing music who haven’t paid their dues. We
have too many celebrities who are not artists/musicians but had a real
cool video with fireworks, explosions, half-naked people running around
or the celebrity was wearing something skimpy and said something dirty
in the video. Music is not about longevity anymore.

Lamitschka:  What was your big break that got you into the music business?
Answer:
I don’t know that I’ve had that “Big Break” folks talk about, I’ve just
always been in the music business. My Mom and Dad were musicians and
gospel singers, my Dad is a minister… that’s what got me into the
music business. If they needed someone to play bass guitar in church on
Wednesday night that’s what I did. I took band in school so I could
learn Trumpet to play in church.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?
Answer:
As I said, Music is in my blood and always has been. It’s just what I
do. If I didn’t have the outlet of traveling and playing my songs  for
folks I would explode or be that guy on the street having conversation
with himself.
Or… maybe my Mom inspired me with a belt to get up and sing in church and like it. HaHa.

Lamitschka:  What has been your greatest challenge in music business?
Answer:
Getting noticed on a larger level. I’ve been told I was too old, I
wasn’t Country enough, I wasn’t Bluesy enough. I’ve been told “We love
you, we just don’t know what to do with you”. It’s a vicious cycle.  No
one will know who you are until someone starts crowing about you, no
one’s crowing about you unless you are already famous.

Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?
Answer:
I have a lot of small personal things that make me happy and proud.
Lots of things that were not recognized by any big machine, but I look
at it and say “I did that. I accomplished that.”
OH, and I did play
and song my original songs with John Schneider at Kid Rock’s 2019
Birthday Bash in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?
Answer:
My European fans have always been most supportive and it’s time I get
over there to see them, make some great music and have some great shows!

Photo (c)  Kimberly.Craig.Photography

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