Joe Babcock Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show
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?
I’m mainly a
cowboy singer but I do western swing, gospel, and traditional country.
What kind of songs do you like to record the most?
What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what’s the
story behind it?
song of my recordings is a cowboy ballad about a young cowboy whose parents are
killed by Indians. However he later falls in love e with an Indian girl
and that the story that then unfolds shows that love transcends everything in
life. It comes from the heritage of my forefathers in Nebr.
Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your
I don’t know
as I have any one person that I could say has been affected by my gospel music
but I’m hoping some have been won to a greater understanding of what it means
to be Christian by my music.
Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?
All of the country
artists of the 40’s and 50’s were my idols.
What do you think about today’s music scene versus its post and where do you
see it going in the future?
I am a traditionalist
so some of the new country music leaves me cold but there are many great songs
and records being cut today.
If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would
I wish that
music with a melody and story would come back.
What was your big break that got you into the music business?
I was broke
in California when Tompall and the Glaser Brothers asked my to come to
Nashville and sing with them and the great Marty Robbins.
What inspired you to become an artist?
country artists of the time of my youth were my inspiration.
What has been your greatest challenge in music business?
I have had
to reinvent myself two or three times and each time was a challenge career-wise
What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and
achievements which you are proud of?
Being on Hee
Haw was a great honor and writing the song “I Washed My hands In Muddy
Water” gave me some recognition.
What message would you like to send your European fans?
for supporting traditional country music.