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Dallas Wayne – a veteran country music artist, DJ, voice-over artist and music producer who recently moved from Dallas, Texas, to Bristol, Tennessee – considers himself “lucky to be able to make a living” doing a job he ” love”.
He’s also grateful to America, as he shared in a recent interview with Fox News Digital as a new single from his upcoming April 2022 album, “Coldwater, Tennessee,” is set to be released on February 25, 2022. The new single is “I took to the road (and the road fought back).”
“Even though we’ve been through a lot over the past two years, we’re still blessed,” he told Fox News Digital, referring to the pandemic. “Our lives are still great in many ways. We’re still holding our own.”
Wayne acknowledged the tremendous losses the country has suffered and the personal suffering that so many citizens have endured. “I just hope people don’t get overwhelmed by things,” he said. “Let’s just put one foot in front of the other.”
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“I think our world can get way too complicated,” he also said.
“We all have to learn the basics. We have to learn how to treat people the way we want to be treated.”
The Springfield, Missouri native chatted with Fox News Digital before hitting the road again this year after COVID-19 interrupted a busy touring schedule.
How busy, one might ask? In 2019, Dallas Wayne performed 110 concerts. In 2020, because of lockdowns and restrictions, he was able to do just Three.
Before “Coldwater, Tennessee”, Wayne’s most recent album was “Songs the Jukebox Taught Me, Volume 2”, released in June 2018 on Heart of Texas Records.
Throughout his career, Dallas Wayne has performed commercial voiceovers for television and radio, including United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Oldsmobile, Chevrolet, Ford, Suzuki, McDonald’s, Nintendo, Miller Brewing Co., Old El Paso and Avis Rental Cars. He is also a host on Sirius XM’s Willie’s Roadhouse channel.
In an interview, Wayne shared a selection of life lessons and observations.
Digital Fox News: You’ve toured all over the country and much of the world. What stands out in your mind about the people you’ve met along the way?
Dallas Wayne: People are pretty much the same. They want to raise their families, they want to be safe in their homes, they want to have a roof over their heads, and they want to have a future. These things are universal.
The sooner we realize that people are all the same, everywhere—that people have basically the same wants, needs, and desires—the sooner we’ll get along with everyone. And get people’s understanding.
Digital Fox News: Share one or two unusual encounters you may have had in your career over the years.
Wayne: There were plenty, of course – funny ones too.
One evening I was playing in Switzerland, and a lady came up to me with a bouquet of flowers. She brought them up on stage and handed them to me, and I said, “Oh, thank you. They smell good!
And she said, “They’re plastic, you idiot!”
I didn’t know what to say after that [laughing] – and I was in the middle of a song. These kinds of interactions are interesting.
Another time, the father of one of my long-time radio listeners went to hospice. And she had Willie’s Roadhouse 24/7 for him – the channel I work for on Sirius XM.
It was his father’s favorite channel, and I was kind of getting reports [about the listener’s dad] during the day. She told me he would smile when I played such and such a song. To be there in the middle of a situation like this, even if it was far away – it meant a lot.
Such situations should be treated with some importance. Music is a universal language for people. Music means things to people.
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It’s important to people, no matter what genre it is.
I’ve played all over the world, fortunately, and I’ve never had any problems communicating musically with people.
The only times I’ve had communication issues around the world is when I’ve been in restaurants trying to order dinner!
Digital Fox News: In this new year 2022, how open is your schedule?
Wayne: I’m going out more this year because things have improved a bit. [The pandemic has] been a blow to everyone in the touring business, not just the artists themselves, but also the musicians, crew members and others. It has been difficult for them to survive the past two years.
Some artists have changed their work, and some have announced that they will no longer be touring. They spent the past year and a half at home and realized how much they missed and loved their family.
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The only silver lining – if there has been one through all of COVID – is that it gives people a chance to reevaluate and take stock of their world.
Usually we are so busy all the time. Then, suddenly, we are no longer.
For me, I was able to move from Austin, Texas to Bristol, Tennessee. For a year, I worked on this 130-year-old house that we bought.
And I finally unpacked all the boxes, all the boxes. Usually, when I moved, I made three or four moves, and I finally opened the boxes. This time we were able to settle in a new place and a new way of life.
Digital Fox News: Tell us about Bristol, Tennessee: Have you been wanting to move there for a while?
Wayne: We fell in love with the area a long time ago. It’s there that [my wife Jo and I] Spent our honeymoon near Gatlinburg, which is a great honeymoon spot for rednecks like me!
And we have always loved the area. We love the climate and the people, and the scenery is simply stunning.
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Digital Fox News: You have now had the chance, you say, to return to the studio and record original music.
Wayne: My last two projects were mostly cover albums, “Songs the Jukebox Taught Me”, volumes 1 and 2 [released in 2016 and 2018, respectively]. This period gave me the opportunity to sit down and think about an entirely original album, and really take the time to do it right.
It’s hard, when a person wears a lot of hats, to really have time to just focus on that. So I’m grateful.
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Digital Fox News: What’s on your bucket list for the coming year?
Wayne: This may be a new normal, and that’s fine – at this point, I’ll take any kind of normal I can. But I can’t wait to get out there and play for people in concert again.
In terms of a to-do list, I was lucky. So I think I’m going to have to get myself a new bucket, for my bucket list.
There are many things that have already been fulfilled.
I loved working with Willie [Nelson], Ray Price, Merle Haggard. All of these guys were heroes to me growing up, so having them become friends and mentors to me is priceless. Many of them, unfortunately, are no longer with us. [Price died in 2013, Haggard in 2016].
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But those who are still there – I love, for example, Jamey Johnson. What a great singer and songwriter.
And Marty Stuart really floats my boat.
They’re my Beatles… I love working with these people when I get the chance.
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Classic country is alive and well.
You just have to go find him.