Sunday, February 26, 2012

Reba McEntire Interview

Interview with Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire BBC Breakfast Interview 24 Feb 2012

Reba McEntire joined BBC Breakfast presenters Susanna Reid and Charlie Stayt [See Photo] two days before she performs at the Wembley Country Music Festival when the topic was - Whether we Brits are in love with Country?

Susanna Reid - Well we have Reba McEntire to thank for the weather

Reba - I brought it with me, I did [pictured at The Albert Memorial in Knightsbridge, London]

Susanna Reid - You arrived yesterday from LA and you brought glorious sunshine with you so thank you very much indeed. The American country music scene has produced a host of artists which have come to the UK and who the UK has come to love. Dolly Parton of course Kenny Rogers, Shania Twain to name just a few.

Charlie Stayt - This weekend the International Festival of Country Music is being held at the Wembley Arena in London. It hasn’t been hosted in the UK for the past 2 decades? Is that right?

Reba - That’s true

Charlie Stayt - WOW! We’re asking the question this morning about whether we Brits are in love with Country?

Susanna Reid - We’re going to be talking with Reba in just a moment; you might be interested in this.

Reba - And the answer is yes

Susanna Reid - (Laughs)

Charlie Stayt - The answer is clearly yes, have a look

Shows report from BBC Breakfast journalist Aisling McVeigh

Aisling McVeigh: Country music has always been the soundtrack of America and whilst it’s NEVER enjoyed mainstream success in the UK it’s always had its supporters. Regular country music festivals starring the likes of Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash were ONCE popular in this country and now one of the BIGGEST is coming back to London and Belfast after a 20 year break.

Mervyn Conn: The International Festival of Country Music, it’s an idea I thought of in 1968 and I ran it for 20 something years, until 1992. Maybe before I hang my spurs up before the Lord above calls me, I thought lets give it ONE more shot

Aisling McVeigh: In a few days time THOUSANDS of fans will PACK out this arena highlighting Britain’s growing interest in country music. The Country Music Associations (CMA) Songwriters series has just been to London for the first time, showcasing the works of country artists like Clint Black and Bill Anderson.
Bill Anderson: I think in a way our music may have started here a long time ago. You can hear so much of the Celtic influences; you can hear so much of the old English and Scottish Folk ballads and some of the earlier traditional country music. I’m not sure but when we come here that perhaps were not bringing our country music back home where it started centuries ago.
Aisling McVeigh: Bob Harris presents a weekly country music show on Radio 2. He thinks the UK’s image of country music has changed in recent years.

Bob Harris: Britain saw it as kind of cheesy, that has changed I really do think so there’s a whole new generation of very exciting new acts come into country now. I mean for example I’m a particular fan of the band The Band Perry. One of the main instruments in The Band Perry sound is the mandolin and that roots them in bluegrass.

Bill Anderson: There only 2 kinds of music, good and bad (laughs). We’ve all made some of each (chuckles)

Charlie Stayt - What we really needed to hear was Reba’s little commentary going through that. I know him

Reba - I’ve toured with her, I know them, I’ve been around a long time, I know everybody

Susanna Reid - Would you agree with that comment – “There’s only 2 types of music” because I’ve heard stars in your position in your position say – “There’s only 2 types of music Country and Western ?

Reba - Oh well we don’t say Country & Western anymore. Country and Western was more like Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Tex Ritter but I do agree with Bill [Anderson] there is only 2 types of country music good and bad and I stick with the good as much as possible.

Susanna Reid - And it’s working, you are the biggest selling Female country, no the biggest selling female artist in the US of all time

Charlie Stayt - Country artist
Reba - Just country yeah, well I’ve been around for a long time, I’ve had a wonderful career, had lots of fun got to see lots of people toured with lots of different acts and the friends that you get to meet and make that’s the icing of the cake, that’s what’s so special

Charlie Stayt - I tell you what, this is not related to anything really but do you know the single highest selling female artist of all time, of all genres is?

Reba - No, who?
Charlie Stayt - Do you want to guess?

Reba - Barbra Streisand
Charlie Stayt - No

Reba - Whitney Houston
Charlie Stayt - NO

Reba - Celine Dion
Charlie Stayt – Your not going to get it

Reba - OK
Susanna Reid – Put us out of our misery

Charlie Stayt - Nana Mouskouri - [Photo] [Discography] [BBC News Page]

Reba - I knew that! - Whose that?

Charlie Stayt - Nana Mouskouri, well there you go, you don’t even know. Nana Mouskouri was a star in the 70’s, a Greek lady who is now a Politician but she was an amazing singer. Sorry I’ve taken us on a completely different route.

Reba - Well, I’ve learned something today, that’s very interesting

Charlie Stayt - Female country stars I always think of as a particular brand. In the UK we think of these very strong characters like Dolly Parton. What is it? Is it something particular to female country stars, is there a common thing?

Reba - A common denominator?

Charlie Stayt - Yes of some kind, outside of the music is there something about their character

Reba - They are characters, we are characters, we love what we do, we love life, we’re gypsies at heart, and we love to travel. I can speak for Dolly Parton and myself because when she did the Reba TV show with me years ago we were sitting there talking. I said Dolly are we ever going to retire and quit and she said – “But what would we do” and I said “I don’t know” so she said “Let’s keep doing this, were having fun” so I said “OK, I’m for that”

Susanna Reid - So she’s a good friend of yours?

Reba - Yes, I love Dolly

Susanna Reid - But you would imagine you two would be quite competitive?

Reba - Oh of course we’re all competitive in our business but we all pull for each other too

Charlie Stayt - And to give people so scale, I hate to do this in a way

Reba - Oh go ahead

Charlie Stayt - But often we talk to country stars over here and you’ll be aware but there is a bit of a gap. In America country music is an extraordinary thing, massive phenomena. Here there is a different vibe about it which I know is changing. You haven’t been here for 10 years for example.

Reba - Haven’t been for 10 years. I did Broadway in 2001, I did a television show for six years and been touring in the United States a lot and the reason we wanted to come back over here was mainly for my band and crew. Some of them we’re here with me in 1999 but a lot of them haven’t gotten to tour Europe and so it was a perk for them. It was let’s go over there and have fun and introduce the music that people haven’t seen these past 10 to 12 years to come back over to see them again and show them what we’re up to. We have got a lot of new music for them.

Susanna Reid - What do you open with?

Reba - It’s a song called “All The Women I Am”. It’s the title of my new album that’s been released here

Susanna Reid - And you have a new single “Turn On The Radio” lets hear it, here we go [ video clip shown]

Charlie Stayt - What’s he up to, he doesn’t say much?

Susanna Reid - (laughs)

Reba - Well I kind of found out that he’s cheatin’ on me so I kinda tie him up with the microphone cord and telling him what I’m thinking about him

Charlie Stayt - Oh, aha

Reba - It’s All the Women I Am it’s one of those people inside

Charlie Stayt - Are you kind of an iconic figure for women of a certain age in America?

Reba - I think so, they tell me that.

Charlie Stayt - What do you think you represent?

Reba - Well experience, knowledge, things that I’ve learned sometimes the hard way sometimes advice from other of my buddies like Loretta and Dolly and just trying to keep everybody going down the good road. As they told we “I’m trying to keep you out of a chug hole and the pot holes and away from bad people

Charlie Stayt - Chug Holes (laughs)
Reba – And try and keep you going down the straight and narrow

Susanna Reid - Yeah, although the trouble is, as we just saw in that song constantly in country music people are coming up against men who aren’t good for them.

Reba - Isn’t that true

Susanna Reid - yeah

Reba - Well that everyday life

Susanna Reid - Is it?

Reba - That’s what we sing about in country music and people in the audience can relate to it and what I do, my job is to find the songs that people can relate to because if it touches my heart when I hear it, hopefully it will touch your heart too when I sing it if I’ve done my job well.

Charlie Stayt - Can you do an English accent?

Reba - Oh yes [spoken in Queens English]

Charlie Stayt & SR (laughing)

Charlie Stayt - Well I tell you what it’s better than my Oklahoma accent

Reba - Oh no, give it to me.

Charlie Stayt - Oh no, I really can’t, too bad

SR - Lovely to see you today
Reba - Thank you so much

SR - Have a great time this week
Reba - Thanks, thanks

SR - Please leave the weather behind when you go it’s been lovely
Reba – Beautiful here

SR - Reba’s new album ALL THE WOMEN I AM is out now and you can see her at the International Festival of Country Music at Wembley Arena this Sunday and at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast [details] on Wednesday the 29th of February.
When was the last time you played Belfast?

Reba - Oh, quite a ways back, 90’s

SR - OK, it’s changed

Reba - Can’t wait to see it

SOURCE - BBC Breakfast News Fri 24 Feb, 2012 (Programme Showpage available to UK viewers until 1 March, 2012)

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     Mission, Texas....."Performing down in a pit, completely surrounded by several thousand people is an interesting experience," Bob Everhart wants everyone to know.  "Sheila and I were booked on the Fiesta Festival in Mission, Texas, and the venue was a huge open-air circle of seats with the staging area way down at the bottom.  Well, for one thing, we couldn't see half the audience, they were at our back.  I thought maybe we could move the sound gear around and do a half-n-half, but that wasn't easy to do either, so we just swam our way through it.  There was some incredibly good talent on, but we got to close the show, so that made us feel good.  The fantastic Cajun fiddler Wayne Landry was on just before us, and did a great show.  He's married to Cuz'n Pud's daughter, who I believe was married to Moe Bandy for awhile.  Not sure about that.  Cuz'n Pud comes to the LeMars Festival all the time.  Anyway, we had a great time, rain threatened but it didn't happen."
     "Our next show is the FAME awards in Mission," Sheila added.  "FAME stands for 'Families Advocating Moral Entertainment' which we could sure use a little more of in America these days.  Anyway, we are going to perform for the show, and our good friend Francis Hahn is going to be one of the 'presentors' an emcee like person who announces the various winners of entertainers that fall within the 'definition' of a FAME performer.  Should be fun."
     "Red Johnson is also down in the Rio Grande Valley performing," Bob added.  "He's a great classic country singer, and will be at the Oak Tree Opry on June 15.  We'll probably celebrate my birthday a day early and be there.  We might also try to get the Phoenix Theater in Neola for the 16th (which is my birthday) and do a little show there."
     "Budget lunches are hard to come by in the Valley," Bobbie Lhea the 15-year old daughter of the Everharts piped up, "but dad lucked out again.  At the Mission Fiesta Festival, everyone who came to it got a big sack lunch for free.  So dad sure got on me about that being a budget lunch.  Well, I guess it was, it was free, but it was only cheese and lunch meat sandwiches, a little pickle and some chips."
     The Everharts are working out a program dedicated to the great folk singer Woody Guthrie who would have been 100 years old this year.  Some of their summer concerts will be of this type.  "This Land Is Your Land" might be even more meaningful today than it was when Woody wrote it," Bob added.  "I know America is going through some pretty tough times right now.  Campers are down in the Rio Grande Valley, attendance at shows are down, and Bobbie Lhea will be the first one to tell you that CD sales are down.  That's because she gets all the money from CD sales to help pay for her trip to Paris, France, for her sweet-16th birthday."


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