JAM IN THE VALLEY
Buffalo Hill Village, Varysburg, NY
July 4th & 5th
FLIP FLOPS & BOTTLE TOPS…..This
4th of July weekend marks the 15th
anniversary of the
Jam In The Valley
Buffalo Hill Village
will be bursting with tank
tops and Cowboy hats in celebration of our nations
Fireworks will illuminate the
skies all weekend long
welcoming some of Country Music’s premier talent
as they blaze across the
And “Guess whose
back in town stompin’ around”,
for the festivities
Capital Records recording artist
is out on the road with
unbridled abandon in support of his chart topping new disc
“My Life’s Been a Country
Back by popular demand
makes his triumphant return to
the area after raising the roof off
this past November.
The ROCK RAPPORT
had the pleasure to once
again speak with CHRIS CAGLE from the road as he was
getting set to “Play
for the folks in San
thanks so much for taking
some time for us here in Western New York to talk
about the sensational new record and the
4th of July
“JAM IN THE VALLEY”
I’m certain a majority of the crowd this Friday night
will be repeat Caglehead
offenders who where in attendance
for the blowout show this past winter.
C.C.-I’ll tell you what, we’re just as excited about
this show as the fans are, we had a helluva good time at the
gig and are lookin’ to up the ante this time around.
off congratulations on the new album
Been a Country Song”,
which is rattling the cages of the
Country Music charts with
“What Kinda Gone”
“No Love Songs”.
The entire album has a potent vibe to it along with
some stellar guitar work.
C.C.-I really do appreciate that considering the
fact that it was a conscious decision from the start to pick up
the pace on this record.
I was blessed to be surrounded by an elite group of
individuals while making this album; it really was a pleasure to
work with some of
Nashville’s finest writers and musicians.
In following up “Anywhere But Here” I had to decide
which direction to take while moving forward in all aspects of
Musically Scott Hendricks came in and stripped down my
entire back catalog, he sat me down and said “In order for us to
make your career even stronger we have to fix the weak spots”;
turns out he was just the man for the job.
John Carroll plays most of the lead guitar on the
album, he plays with so much passion and tact. I feel fortunate
not only to have him playing on the record he’ll also be on
the road with us this summer which helps shift the songs from
the studio to the stage.
Ross CAT-Track three on the new
disc “It’s Good To Be
makes a stout statement, the band attacks it with a full on
assault; sure sounds like a kick ass show opener for Friday
C.C.- Dude that song has to
be the best opening song I’ve ever been a part of. It’s so
powerful, it’s a blast performing it and it sets the tone for
the rest of the show. I cant’ wait to break that baby out this
As mentioned this album signifies some
substantial changes from the way you’ve worked as a recording
artist in the past, did you expect the success that the album
has brought thus far?
Ross, I’m glad that things are happening the way there
happening, I didn’t really have any expectations going into this
I knew this much, no matter what the record did I felt
that in my heart I put everything I had into those songs. There
where days that I sang until I couldn’t sing anymore, it was to
the point where I couldn’t even talk.
Making an album and being locked down in a studio is
tedious work, but at the end of the day it’s good hard honest
work. When you listen to the finished product and you know all
that went into making the music you feel a strong sense of
As for the fans all you can do as an artist is hope
that they connect with the songs in the same way that you do.
Ross CAT- While you
produced record with Scott Hendrickson this is the
first time in your career you didn’t have a hand in writing the
lyrics for this album; yet you managed to capture
the essence of the songs with vigor and passion.
What challenges does it present for a vocalist when
singing songs written by another lyricist like
“Never Ever Gone”
Isn’t One Thing”?
C.C.- That’s a
great question; I told Scott at the very beginning if we are
going to listen to outside stuff then I have to find a different
place to grab hold of the songs.
Anyone who knows me knows that I wear my heart on my
sleeve there’s no getting around it, whatever I’m thinking or
feeling at the time shows in my face. If I’m singing the words
and not feelin it in my heart there’d be no hidin it.
By nature I’m an emotional person sometimes to a fault
in certain facets of my life. When it comes to singing a song
there’s no holding back, I let it all hang out.
All four of your studio releases have made
it into the Top 20 in the U.S. Country
Charts; do you think it’s time to put together a live
concert DVD on the strength of the
Been a Country Song”
C.C.-It’s funny you mention that I was just talking
with some industry folks about that recently. It’s something you
have to be real careful with when filming a live show. In some
cases it can make or break a career. It would have to be done
the way I want it done, I don’t mean that in the sense of being
a control freak, what I mean is that I would need to be in
complete control of the content and its presentation.
I certainly think I’m ready to put my heart and soul
into a project like that. I’m confident in the fact that this
current live show is as good as it’s ever been.
We had Club
rockin’ on our last visit, I can promise this new live set will
“Jam In The Valley”
like folks might be saying they went to a Country Music Jamboree
this weekend and a “Rock ‘n’ Roll show broke out.
When you’re invited to participate on the CMT
Crossroads series what artist would you like to share
songs and the stage with?
this may sound a little crazy but I’d have to say the first guy
that comes to mind would be BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.
If I really thought about it I’d like to see the Boss
perform “Miss Me Baby” or “Laredo”,
or maybe he’d be into having a little fun with “Chicks Dig It”.
As far as his music I’d love to sing just about
anything, I’ve been singing “Glory Days” since I was a kid.
And if the Boss wouldn’t have me then I’d like to kick
it around with
LENNY KRAVITZ, he Rock’s.
over the past few years you’ve
gone through some well documented personal trials and
tribulations in the public spotlight. Do you think that being a
straight shooter has opened you up open for some unfair
criticism at times?
C.C.- I could sit
here and tell you that’s something I don’t worry about but
that’s just not realistic. I know in my career I’m going to
cross paths with all kinds of people, they can write what they
want to write about me. When they start writing shit about me
that’s true then I guess I’ll start to worry.
I know that it’s rare that I mistreat
another human being and on the occasions that I have I’ve held
myself accountable for it. I usually go to bed at night and
sleep pretty well.
Ross CAT- I for one
would like to go on record as saying that I’ve had the privilege
of working with you as both a journalist and promoter with the
Back II Back Entertainment
and you couldn’t have been more
gracious or accommodating in your dealings with
and your fans.
C.C.- Well I really do appreciate that, please give
our best to everyone and we’re looking forward to spending our 4th
of July weekend with the great folks of
Western New York.
would like to Thank
for his valuable time; we’d
also like to Thank Kat Atwood from Music
City News Media for hooking this up.
For more summer tour information and to get your copy
of “My Life’s Been a
for tickets to this weekends “Jam In The Valley”
which also features GRETCHEN WILSON, JOSH TURNER and
THE OAKRIDGE BOYS go to
would like to wish everyone
a Happy & Safe 4th of July Weekend!!!