10 Questions with ... Glen Templeton
November 6, 2011
1) As a native of Alabama, you mentioned how much you enjoy playing for your hometown in Tuscaloosa. What's the most rewarding thing about playing that type of show?
The most rewarding thing about performing in my hometown is to hear my family and friends say how proud they are to see my career starting to get traction, and gain momentum after all the years of hard work.
2) Your recently released your first single "I Could Be The One" to radio, which can be described as the ultimate "pick-up" song written by Tom McHugh and Jay Knowles. What inspired you to record this particular song?
What inspired me to record this song, was that it sounded musically and lyrically like no other song I'd heard, and I believed that it was a song that only a new artist, bringing a new sound to Country music, could record.
3) Who are some of your musical influences, and what made them so significant to you?
I've been influenced by many types of music but my first musical influence was my Dad. He was like our hometown celebrity and he had me listening to artists like Merle, Waylon, and both George's, but also introduced me to lots of other styles of music! I believe their significance was that they held my complete, undivided attention as a kid.
4) In 2008, you were chosen out of 20,000 people, by Conway Twitty's daughters, to play Conway in the touring musical tribute to the great Country star. Describe the process and what was the entire experience like?
Playing the role of Conway was an experience like I'd never had. I'd never been in a position to try filling the shoes of a legend. It was a great learning experience in many ways and played a major role and on launching my career to another level.
5) People will be interested to know you actually wore some of Conway's original outfits while waiting for your wardrobe to be complete. What were some other memorable experiences?
Other memorable experience's of the show was getting the opportunity to perform the hit song "Rocking Chair" on the stage with George Jones, performing at the Ryman Auditorium with him, and performing at the Grand Ole Opry.
6) You have played on a variety of different stages, including The Ryman Auditorium, and festivals such as Country Jam USA. What would you say is your favorite type of venue to perform and why?
Every venue gives a different vibe. But, venues like the Ryman and the Opry, that are so sacred to Country music, are my favorites. They harness emotion, history, and greatness and connected me with Country music unlike any other.
7) Your upcoming self-titled EP features a duet with the legendary Leon Russell. What was the recording process like while working with him?
I'd never been called a "Hillbilly Singer" until I recorded with Leon but, coming from him, I felt cool and significant because I'd been given a title. Like a song! I was honored and amazed seeing a legend in action during the recording process. He has a very unique style of recording that's possibly the one of the many reasons for his greatness, and that was a cool experience for me.
8) Speaking of the new EP, how would you describe the new music your fans will hear?
The new music is a new "Rock-N-Roll Cowboy" sound. It's a blend of my musical influences - the Waylon, Haggard and Jones harnessed and delivered with a cowboy state of mind. The songs they'll hear are about good times and bad, facing inner struggles, seeing loved ones go and come back, and an overall relationship I share the blue-collar way of life, that promotes hope and prayer.
9) You mentioned touring with George Jones was one of the most memorable experiences of your career. Did he give you any advice? If so what did he say?
The tour with George was one for my book. Although he never verbally gave me anyadvice, the phrase "living legend' is one that I believe stands for, honor, character, and perseverance. The "silent advice" was worth more than words could've ever said.
10) Your bass player Drew updates your band's Tumblr page, with stories from the road and your radio tour. What would you consider a standout moment that has happened to you during your visits with radio?
With all the stories embedded in the miles we've traveled to radio, the most standout moment was visiting my hometown after the tornado in April 2011, ripped through Tuscaloosa, leaving nothing behind but loved ones lost, broken hearts, and the mangled bits and pieces of what used to be.