I have to admit this time last year I had never heard of the “Americana” genre in music!! So I started doing some research and well I found out that I LOVE IT!!! If you’re asking what it, is well the only way I can describe it is Country, Bluegrass, Rock and Blues all had baby!!! Or you can listen to the Mr. Cole Washburn, why? Well because he knows a whole lot about Americana!! One because that’s what he sings and two he holds the IMEA Award for best Americana Song if 2015!!
So here is my interview with Cole Washburn!!
Q1. Your genre is Americana how is that different then Country?
I would say that the genre of Americana encompasses a larger cross section of American music that includes everything from Country and Bluegrass to Rock and Blues. It’s basically anything that is cooler than mainstream music…lol
Q2. What was you most exciting moment of 2015?
Winning the IMEA Award for Americana Song of the Year was definitely the highlight of 2015!
Q3. What is your favorite part of preforming?
When all of the elements of live performing come together it can be a magical experience. Sometimes this includes the room, the crowd, the musicians, the town. And its that convergence that can make an ordinary night turn into a night you never forget.
Q4. If you could do a duet with anyone (living or not) who would it be and why?
Alison Krauss hands down. She has the voice of an angel and her dynamics are breathtaking.
Q5. What is your go to song right now?
I’ve been singing Tulsa Time by Don Williams in my head now for about three days.
Q6. Who are some of your biggest influences when it comes to music?
Alison Krauss, Civil Wars, CCR, Doobie Brothers, so so many more….
Q7. What was the last concert you attended and was it as good as you had hoped?
I saw Alyssa Bonagura at Third and Lindsley in Nashville. She never ceases to blow me away.
Q8. When you’re out with a group of friends are you driving or do you need to be carried home?
Honestly not a big drinker, but I’ve been carried a few times.
Q9. If you could be a superhero who would you be?
Definitely Iron Man cause he’s really just a regular guy. But I’m also a huge Luke Skywalker fan, the force and stuff.
Q10. If someone made a movie about your life who would you pick to play you?
Q11. Do you have any phobias? If so what are they?
I honestly don’t. But I am not big on heights. I’m fine inside but outside on a cliff or something can be a little dicey…
Q12. What is your ideal day off?
White Water Rafting
Q13. Where is one insane place you would (if you could), hold a concert at?
I’ve always wanted to play Red Rocks near Denver!
Q14. Why did you start making music?
Two reasons. Girls liked it and it was a kind of meditation for me. An escape.
Q15. What are your plans for 2016?
To have a number one Americana single and meet as many fans as I can. We also have some cool concert tours in the works. More details coming in February!
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