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BLUE COLLAR GUYS - Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy, & Ron White.


Allman Brothers and not the Allman Brothers. They had two of the best guitar players that ever lived in Dickey Betts and Duane Allman. Berry Oakley was the baddest bass player in the world before he died. They all lived in Macon in a little compound and they all worshiped at Duane Allman’s feet and they played ten hours a day so they were the best live band in the world when they hit the stage. I like their songwriting. I saw them in the early 1970s at Jeppenson Stadium in Houston outdoors and it was amazing. It is a great band and they have always been my favorite.”


Recently, White added acting to his resume by playing a part in an up-coming Billy Bob Thornton project.


“It’s a movie called ‘Jane Mansfield’s Car’ and it’s a great film, very dark, and I have a great role in it,” says White. “I play a two-time Pro Bowler who has six car dealerships in the Atlanta area and can’t quit talking about himself. It’s actually fun to hang out around him (Thornton). I met him at a bar five years ago and we’ve been friends ever since. He’s a great guy. Very funny to hang out with, but yeah, he came up with ‘Slingblade’ so his mind is not normal.”


White just filmed his annual “Celebrity Salute to the Troops” TV special in February, a project he is very proud to host. It is a good way to begin a long year of touring.


“That is something that we really look forward to every year,” says White. “And I’m just going to do another 140 cities. I’m just a comedian. That’s all I do. Every once in a while, I’ll make a movie if it fits in my schedule, but if it doesn’t fit, I won’t do it. I won’t cancel comedy dates to go make a film or TV show. So, I’m just going to keep being a comedian. What I do is miniscule. No matter what I do for the troops, I feel like I haven’t done enough.”


Ultimately, White’s true love is to do standup in front of people who could use a laugh in these troubled times.


“I love to walk onstage in front of fans,” says White. “And to do that, you have to tour. You can’t do it on the same stage everywhere or your act will get old. I still love to perform. I do it because I love it. I could quit today and never work again, but I don’t want to. It will end on its own, all by itself. I don’t have to hurry it up. But as long as people want to listen, I love doing it.” •


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