George Navarro Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

George Navarro 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: My music comes straight from the heart, good vibe, soulful and unique. Lamitschka: How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?
Answer: Last year was very productive for me, I finally got to go in the studio and recorded six tracks for my debut EP, me and the band also got to go on tour around Texas on festivals, clubs and also fronting a few shows for Kevin Fowler and Billy Currington.
 Lamitschka: What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

 Answer: Well, it’s about to come out and I am very excited about it, we’ve played the songs live and they seem to do pretty well among attendants

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

 Answer: Bar Talkin’ is a title of one of the songs in the EP and thought it would only be appropriate to use it as the EP title, because it kind of reminds me of the George Strait’s “Cold Beer Conversation” song where we open up ourselves to complete strangers to talk about all kinds of things with a beer or other drink in hand.  That’s what I’m doing with this album, showing who I am and sharing what I can do best with you all.

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

Answer: I’ve gone through the writing process with amazing Nashville and Texas writers, Mark Nesler, Marty Dodson, Bret Jones, Phill O’Donell, Wade Kirby to name a few, and when I started working with my producer, I was able to gain access to a catalog of amazing songs that just blew my mind and I thought they really needed to be shared with an audience.

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

 Answer: Well I have a wide variety of influences in my music, which I’m thankful my producer figured how to translate into my own sound, one of the tracks “Like You Do” is a honky-tonk two steppin’ for sure, on “Bar Talkin’” you can hear the soulful influences of some of the 70’s pop that I’m really influenced by. I think every song shows some different side of my music.

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 think it is a song that in one way or another we can all relate to, I can actually see it happen in shows when I get to the final part of the chorus and people turn and start pointing at each another.

Lamitschka: What will your next single be?

Answer: My team and I are discussing what the next single will be, I mean it’s a hard one because every song is really good.

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


Answer: Songs where I can show my true self and I can put my whole heart into it. Whether it’s up tempo, ballad or a fun song, I think people notice it and end up liking the authenticity.
 
Lamitschka: What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Answer: “When She’s Drinkin’” cause when I first heard it I thought it was a pretty serious tune,  I didn’t get the funny side that it was supposed to be, so I sang it in a serious way and I introduced it live very seriously for a while and it just made it even funnier.

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

 Answer: A lot, I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with an amazing team that listens to what I have to say creatively, also it was a dream of mine to get to work with Carson Chamberlain.  He has a special gift of translating who I am into the final product that you hear in the end.


Lamitschka: There's a lot of work that goes into a number one hit. What did it take to make it in your case?

Answer: Teamwork, and amazing fans. obviously you need a great song first which Carson helped me with, but it won’t promote itself so I feel blessed to have a great team backing me that works hard and believes in what I’m doing.
 
Lamitschka: Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Answer: Well I have many musical influences from George Strait to the Eagles.  I can tell you that I am the 6th generation of musicians in my family from my dad’s side. I heard once that a song can be the soundtrack to someone's life, it’s what inspires me the most, you never know how a song is going to impact someone's life, and I take the responsibility very serious.

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 that evolution in sound lyrics and rhythm is a natural part of music, I can’t particularly tell where it’s all going to go, but I think that people having the power of choice through streaming platforms makes us all strive to get better for whatever comes next

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

Answer: I really don’t have anything to compare it with because I’m developing my career on tools and media available through internet, like every other business, it evolves and we ought to adapt.

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

Answer: I enjoy all of them, but touring would be my top, performing live is what I do best so I am happy every chance i get to do it.

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

Answer: I am between a border and speak two of the most spoken languages in the world, so I would love to present what I do around the globe cause I believe it is great music and great music has no borders.
  
Lamitschka: What inspired you to become an artist?


Answer: My family for sure, growing up around instruments, concerts and all that goes with working as a musician inspired me to chase my career in country music.

Lamitschka: What inspired you to become a songwriter?
 
Answer: I thought i’d give it a try and knowing that it can make someone feel something just made me keep on going.

Lamitschka:  What drives you?
 
Answer: Love for life and music, and if in the way i can inspire and meet some great people and great places that’d be awesome

Lamitschka: What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists? 
Answer: Well my heritage to begin with and the instruments i play onstage.
Lamitschka: What hopes and desires do you have?

Answer: My hope goes to having the opportunity to get my music to a really large audience, i’d like to play big venues around the globe and share the joy of music with as many people as i can.

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


Answer: A personal dream of mine would be playing at a stadium, I’ve played really big shows with my dad’s band on open spaces but never on a venue like a stadium.

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

Answer: I give everything I have on stage and put all my emotion into every song I perform. I try to be as entertaining as I can and engage the audience so that they all have a great experience at every show.

Lamitschka: When you're on tour, do you have time to play tourist?
Answer: It’s very rare as we are usually in and out and off to the next city. but on occasion yes, when we have a day off in between shows.

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

Answer: on my website they can find my tour dates, know a bit more about me on my bio, connect through the contact form or subscribe to get emails about promos and further song/album releases, also all my official social media links are there.
 
Lamitschka: What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

Answer: There has been so many! fans are so good to me and I try to give some of that love back at every show and through social media
Lamitschka: What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded? Answer: Dance Real Slow by Easton Corbin
Lamitschka: What message would you like to send your European fans?

Answer: I think as a foreigner to the United States myself I can say country music is more than most people conceive of it, it is actually a wide variety of sounds and rhythms inside a genre, once you find an artist in the country music genre, listening to its music turns out to be really good for the soul.

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: Me and my manager will agree on this one during the gas shortage in Texas in 2018, I remember it well, we had left the gig to return to Ft. Worth which was about 400 miles away with a half tank of gas thinking that would be plenty to get us to a gas station.  As we approached each city, all the gas stations were out of gas.  This continued at each city we arrived at till we were down to our last city and gauge reading 5 miles to empty.  We all said a prayer that the next city would have gas.  We rolled into the only gas station in that small town and it had gas and we made it home.  It was 4:00 in the morning at this point so we were all jumping and high fiving each other!

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de ) for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

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