I want to reach the point where people hear my name and immediately think of real country music.
I used to do a lot of interviews in the early '80s, when my career started, but it came to a point when I decided I didn't want to talk anymore, and people kind of understood that and left me alone.
I can only say thank you and thanks also to all of the great songwriters who wrote those wonderful songs that became number ones.
I'm a country singer. I love all kinds of music, but country is where my loyalty lies. That's just me and what I do, and I'm not going to change it.
I've had great fans, and they've been so loyal over the years.
Country music is important to me, and I love it, but it's not my whole life.
You know, legends are people like Haggard and Jones and Wills and Sinatra. Those people are legends. I'm just a young buck out here trying to keep in that same circle with the rest of 'em.
I like people who are loyal to me, and I like to be loyal, too.
You've got to keep the stage world and your real world separated or you're headed for trouble.
I'm always looking for great songs, and not being much of a songwriter, I depend on great songwriters to send them to me. I go through tons of stuff, and sometimes you just find material that kind of fits and becomes something special.
Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys are simply the best band that ever was.
I think 'Beyond the Blue Neon' is the best I've ever done.
I've been blessed with the ability to sing, and that has taken me so many places I never would have gone otherwise.
I love to fish offshore for billfish, and have fished all over for them from the Bahamas, St. Thomas, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico to the Texas gulf. I haven't made it to Australia yet, but someday I'm going.
I've been fortunate.
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