Joe Hott Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Joe Hott 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 like to play it the old time way and keep it traditional which is what I grew up on. I love The Stanley Brothers and so I try to carry on that type of  old school mountain music.

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

Answer:  We had a very good year of traveling and making apperences but the biggest highlight would be signing with Rural Rhythm Records and recording at Sony Studios.

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

Answer:  Our latest full album is “Last Thing On My Mind” it features Jamey Johnson and The Whites along with some fantastic musicians. It was recorded in Nashville last year and produced by Steve Thomas.

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

Answer:  The title was actually chosen by both my managers and producer they felt “Last Thing On My Mind” was one of the strongest songs on the record and would be a favorite among people searching for traditional country.

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

Answer:  I do not no. I meet with and co write with Glen Duncan and Adam Englehardt of Sony Publishing/Studios. They are fantastic song writers and I really enjoy working with them.

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:  “West Virginia Rail” is the current single being played right now and it’s a fast, hard driving traditional song that tells the story of people who have had to leave home in search of work but on the weekends they’re headed back to their homeplace. I believe the story this song tells can relate to a lot of the people who’ve had to move and look elsewhere for work in order to support their family.

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

Answer:  The old time Gospel songs would be my most favorite since I grew up with that type of music as well.

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

Answer:  I have a good bit however I also have a great team as well so I really enjoy looking to them and learning everything I can from them especially since I’m doing traditional country and they have the most knowledge of this type of music. I really enjoy taking the back seat and just watching and learning from the best in the business.

Lamitschka:  What hopes and desires do you have?

Answer:  Just to be able to keep going and growing in this business and make an honest living doing it is the biggest desire I have.

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

Answer:  We do yes! The website is Joe We have everything from music to videos, photos, show dates and much more! My Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is @joehottmusic and there is a lot of information on there too.

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