Southworth 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
Answer: Hi Christian, Thanks for the interview! I
have enjoyed your interviews in Nashville for many years on YouTube!
My name is Scott Southworth and I am a songwriter that has
lived here in Music City since 2004. I write all types of songs, but my
favorite to write/sing/record/perform is Traditional Country, Honky Tonk Music!
In 2016, I released a Traditional Country CD titled: “The Last Honky Tonk In Town“.
I was very surprised by the support and and excitement
that European audiences had for my CD! In 2017 I toured in Germany,
Switzerland, Ireland and the U.K. and had a wonderful time! I also spent time
recording another CD full of All Original, Traditional Country Music that is
releasing this May titled: “Hey
Hillbilly Singer!“ I will be back in Europe this year touring in France,
U.K. and Norway!
Lamitschka: How did you choose the title
for the CD? Is there a story behind the name?
Answer: Yes! I was in a recording session in
Nashville and while the band was listening to my rough guitar vocal, famous
guitar player Brent Mason (who played on every song on the new CD) walked into
the studio and yelled “Hey, Who’s That Hillbilly Singer?“ we all had a laugh,
but that phrase kept bouncing around in my head so shortly after, I had written
a new song with my friend Marc Alan Barnette. As soon as it was written, I knew
it would be the title track for the new CD!
Lamitschka: Please tell us about the songs
on your album (influences, etc).
Answer: I hope that anyone who listens to this CD
will easily hear the influences of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Waylon
Jennings and George Jones. I have so much respect and regard for the music they
left behind and love writing new songs with a similar feel.“The Honky Tonk In
Me“,“Nothing Left To Fight For Anymore“ and “Nobody Leaves This World Alive“
are some songs that reflect that appreciation.
I also enjoy fun songs with a bit of humor mixed in…you
definitely hear that in “I Aint Leaving Town“, my duet with Bobby Marquez and
the Texas Swing tune: “Why Can’t Every Day Be Friday Night“.
There are a few serious songs as well, especially happy
with how “Cigar Store Indian“ turned out…I think that song will surprise some
There is a little bit of everything in the 11 tracks, but it‘s
all Country Music, I promise you!
Lamitschka: What’s unique about you that
will differentiate you from other artists?
Answer: Well for starters, I never expected to be a
recording artist! I came to Nashville to write songs…this journey has taken
me by complete surprise but I am enjoying every bit of it! The other thing is
usually when you hear a Traditional Country CD nowadays, it is a mixture of
cover songs and originals, right? Well, my CD’s are 100% original music. Nothing
against covers…I guess I just have a lot to say, ha!
Lamitschka: What moments in your career
stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?
Answer: Anytime I am performing live and I see
people in the audience singing along or someone requests one of my songs…that
is the best achievment a songwriter could ask for! It’s also been crazy to see
my music on the radio charts alongside so many of my heroes in so many places
around the world!
Lamitschka: What hopes and desires do you
Answer: Mine have all come true (Except to perform
on the Grand Ole Opry stage someday!)…my hope and desire is that my son and
daughter follow their passions and have a life full of love, friendship and
Lamitschka: Many music fans today get
their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what
will fans find there?
will connect you to my social network, share my upcoming show schedule and let
you hear music, see videos and stay connected!
Lamitschka: What’s the best compliment a
fan has ever given you?
Answer: Every fan that takes the time comes to a
show, buy CD’s and spends time visiting is the best compliment to me!
Lamitschka: What message would you like to
send your European fans?
Answer: THANK YOU – DANKE – MERCI – TAKK SKUL DU HA!
The opportunity to travel all around Europe, sing my Hillbilly Music, see so
many beautiful sights, meet you all, share a drink, a laugh and hear your stories
has truly been a dream come true! Looking forward to meeting more of you in the
years to come. Thank YOU for supporting Traditional Country Music…I’ll keep
writing them if you keep listening, ha!
Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can share
with us (come on don’t be shy)?
Answer: Hmm, that’s a tough one! I am pretty boring
on the road, typically after a show I crash on somebody’s couch and we spend
the evening drinking whiskey, talking about Country Music and cracking jokes. I
did have one suprise house concert in Switzerland for an apartment packed with
people from India that had never heard Country Music before…but after a few
hours (and several bottles of whiskey) they were singing along and I may have
even heard a “ Yee Haw“ or two! To be fair, I may have busted out some Bruno
Mars and Neal Diamond that night too…but I blame it on the Jack Daniels!
Christian – the next time I am in Germany, we will just
have to make up our own NEW CRAZY ROAD STORY for the next interview…Yeah