Q: You get nervous?
A:"I do get nervous sometimes. You learn to work through it and try to be professional enough that even with my worst show, people still get their money's worth. I do want to do well coming home and this is something special, but I think it's good to be a little nervous."
Q: As a West Virginia ex-pat, what are some of the good parts about West Virginia that others outside the state might not see?
A:"You know, I have to tell you, I was putting gas in my car in my neighborhood and the lady behind the cash register came up to say hi. She told me she used to live in Princeton and seeing me, she was reminded how when I was just hitting my stride, how proud everyone was. She said she missed the people.
"We just had this short visit about how people kind of have each other's back back home. People take care of each other. There's a real sense of community and real sense of place that's getting lost in the rest of the country."
Q: Aside from family and friends, what's good about coming home?
A:"One of the things about coming home I didn't realize until I moved away was how the hills roll. I can go to Virginia and I love the mountains there, but it's not the same. Everything is close together here. I grew up with that, but I've gotten used to living without it.
"Coming back, it's like wrapping a blanket around me. I've just really come to appreciate that more and more."
Q: What's ahead for you?
A:"I'm touring. It's mostly weekends, but we'll go pretty steady until the fall. I'm really happy about that. For a long time, I didn't do a lot of outdoor concerts. I did a lot of small theaters and performing arts centers. It's going to be fun to get out and play some bluegrass festivals."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.