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Erin Enderlin Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Erin Enderlin 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 heard you?

Answer:  I would say it’s the kind of music you want to turn on, on the jukebox in your favorite dive bar and settle in with a cold beer.

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Answer:  It’s been an amazing year! I’ve loved being able release so much new music. I would say touring with Jamey Johnson and getting to play the Opry have been the highlights.

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Answer:  Well I’ve released 2 of a 4 part series of EPs this year - Chapter One: Tonight I Don’t Give A Damn, and Chapter Two: I Can Be Your Whiskey and I’m thrilled with their reception!

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Answer:  For these last two EPs, I picked a song that stood out as a focal point of the story. Having the EPs divided into Chapters lends to the overall storytelling - each EP follows one character through three songs, allowing more time to really delve into what’s going on in their lives.

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Answer:  I write some and some are written by others. All are songs that have really moved me in in one way or another.

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Answer:  The songs on the EPs are heavily story-driven, they pull you in. I love listening to a great story coming together. One of the songs mentions Gene Watson, and it was so amazing, he actually heard the song and I got to meet with him and talk about it.

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

Answer:  The new eps are still very much in the same vein as Whiskeytown Crier

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Answer:  I’ve had several songs playlists, it’s a thrill to see people connecting with them. I think people see parts of themselves in the characters.

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Answer:  My next feature track is Whatever Gets You Through The Night

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Answer:  Story songs

Lamitschka:  You did a duet with Randy Houser. How did that happen to come about?

Answer:  I did a duet with Randy Houser on Whiskeytown Crier. I just love that song so much and have wanted to record it since I wrote it. My producer Moose Brown had the idea of Randy, and I thought he would be marvelous. He has such a rich, emotive voice.

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Answer:  Oh, there’s no way I could choose!

Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your music?

Answer:  I have a lot. A surround myself with amazing creative people that I respect and I get to see them bring their magic to my music.

Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Answer:  Back when Alan Jackson cut Monday Morning Church that I wrote - a woman tracked down my publishers mailing address and sent me a letter about how her husband had died and how much that song had meant to her, and comforted her. That was really powerful.

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Answer:  Music really inspires me. When I hear a great new song, or see a great live performance, that really moves me to want to create. I’ve loved music ever since I can remember.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?

Answer:  I think as long long as humans feel, they’ll be looking for a way to express those emotions in music.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music industry?

Answer:  I think it’s an interesting time. There are a lot of new challenges, but a lot of new opportunities too. I think it’s a great time for people who think outside of the box.

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Answer:  My favorite things are being in the studio and being on stage. I love working with create folks to bring music to life.

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?

Answer:  I’m always working to expand and grow, to try to dig deeper.

Lamitschka:  What was your big break that got you into the music business?

Answer:  having Alan Jackson record a song I’d written, Monday Morning Church with Patty Loveless and release it as a single.

Lamitschka:  Before you became a star, were your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?

Answer:  Always, I’m lucky to have a lot of great people in my life.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

Answer:  I always loved music, but seeing Reba McEntire on the Nashville Now show, that really did it for me.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Answer:  I wanted to have something to sing that no-one else had ever sung.

Lamitschka:  What drives you?

Answer:  The music

Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?

Answer:  I have my own style, my own unique way of telling a story.

Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?

Answer:  Playing the Opry for the first time. That was my biggest goal.

Lamitschka:  Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?

Answer:  Definitely myself - my only competition is myself, right?

Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Answer:  I love to watch movies, and mowing the lawn

Lamitschka:  Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Answer: I’d have another dog, sadly too busy at the moment

Lamitschka:  What hopes and desires do you have?

Answer:  To continue to live life to the fullest and enjoy it!

Lamitschka:  Many European fans travel to the United States to attend the several of the music festivals for the opportunity to see so many of their favorite artists, bands and celebrities. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?

Answer:  I do take part in many festivals, show dates can be found on my website www.erinenderlin.com and on my Facebook under tour

Lamitschka:  Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?

Answer:  Still lots of places I’d love to play, I’m really looking forward to playing in England for the first time in a few weeks.

Lamitschka:  What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Answer:  To get wrapped up in someone else’s story, 3 minutes at a time

Lamitschka:  When you're on tour, do you have time to play tourist?

Answer:  Not a lot, but I do get to see some cool stuff and meet so many great folks

Lamitschka:  Do fans mob you everywhere you go or do they respect your privacy?

Answer:  Most folks are very respectful

Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Answer:  I do, www.erinenderlin.com - there’s tour info, a bio, pictures, etc

Lamitschka:  Tell us about the fan club and how people can join it.

Answer:  I don’t really have a fan club but you can join my email list on my website

Lamitschka:  What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

Answer:  That my music helped them

Lamitschka:  What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

Answer:  There’s definitely too many songs I’d love to record to choose!

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Answer:  That I can’t wait to play for you!!

Lamitschka:  Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can share with us (come on don’t be shy)?

Answer:  Well, last year I was touring with my friend Kayla Ray - we went all across the country - and when we were out west we accidentally drove through two national parks in one day! We almost ran out of gas in the second one that would’ve been a sight to see!

Lamitschka:  Describe what a perfect day is like for you.

Answer:  It would definitely start with lots of coffee, maybe a walk in the woods by a lake, time to read and think and write, then take in a music show in the evening.

Photo (c) Ryan Nolan

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