I have this theory about performers who last for a long time, and that is, if you break it down, music is not as big a part of it as personality and who you are. I think that we are all 3 people. I am who I think I am, I am who you think I am, and I am who I really am. The closer those 3 people are together the longer your career's gonna last. 'Cause people don't like to be fooled!
I started out in jazz. I played the upright bass and sang jazz for ten years – from the time I was 19 until I was 28 years old. I learned a lot about the music in the 30's and 40's but my heart has always been in country music. That is what my mom listened to and my dad played as a kid. I think I am a country singer with a lot of other musical influences.
I do a lot of, and I use the term loosely, "comedy" in my show or personality you know? And I do it for a reason and that is I've learned that people will clap to be nice but they WILL NOT laugh to be nice, so if their laughing you can pretty much tell their having a good time. So that's the purpose. It's never been important that everyone leaves their seat thinking "he's the best singer I've ever heard" but it is important everyone leaves saying "I really enjoyed that." That's my goal when I perform.