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those long putts that shouldn’t have gone in but did. •••


Who are your greatest musical influences? Al Green, REM and Radney Foster. •••


How do you see your evolution as an artist? Are you a country singer or more R&B? I’m 45 years old. I’m just going to keep making music. I’m just glad people are still talking about me, they can label me whatever they want. ••• Talk about what led you to found Hootie & the Blowfish. It was just four guys who wanted to play music together. Mark (Bryan, lead guitarist) lived in my college hall and Dean (Felber, bass guitarist) lived upstairs and we started a band. It worked. •••


What inspired you to make the change


to solo country music career four years ago? It was the music. I’ve said for 20 years that I was going to make a country record some day and I finally got the chance. I’m very excited about the release of my third country album. •••


A common element in your musical background, from your time with Hootie & the Blowfish to your country career, seems to be the blues. Would you agree? Yeah, but I think it was more that the music I listened to was influenced by the blues, more than me listening to blues music. I was listening to Al Green, R & B and some of REM’s bluesy stuff more than strictly the blues. •••


What is one word to describe yourself? Nice. I try to be a nice guy always.


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