A:"Some people just know what they're supposed to do. God gave me this talent, and so I wanted to make sure I did everything I could to follow through with his plan.
"My parents are really really supportive. That's a real blessing. They were totally behind me and wanted me to succeed."
Q:Country music often deals with life experience, and you're a little young. What's your life experience?
A:"Well, I'm 24 now." (Laughs.) "I grew up in a really small county between Richmond and Williamsburg, Virginia called New Kent. My daddy hunted and fished his whole life, so there's always been a lot of camouflage in my life.
"It's a really small town, and I spent a lot of time outdoors growing up, playing with my brothers, but I really love the city. I love Nashville."
Q:Things seem to have taken off for you lately with opening slots for people like Travis Tritt, Steel Magnolias and Big & Rich. What's the big change?
A:"Meeting my booking agent, Jeff Howard. He works for APA Nashville. Their whole team from the second I got signed has been my number one fans. They're always booking me the best they can and always rooting for me to get the best payment and treatment I can.
"They've been a huge team who are there to help me take off. It's just incredible."
Q:With these bigger shows, do you ever get star struck?
A:"I do my best to stay as humble and as calm as possible. I think they become more of a friend when you tray and treat them like a regular person. You never know who's going to become one of your best friends -- Steel Magnolias, Travis Tritt or Big & Rich. You just have to treat them like you would one of your good friends and see what happens."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.