November 2010
Interview: Ricky Fugitt
How did you get started in this business?
I recently put a new band together but I have been singing and writing for years... out of high school really so for over twenty years. This is just my way of life.
Who writes and produces all the material for you?
I have as of now written all the material with the occasional song from other Texas artists. My producers are Vallejo Music Group in Austin, TX.
Have you played in front of or with any acts our readers would know from the mainstream?
I have played and opened for: Jason Boland, Jackson Taylor, Kevin Fowler, Mark McKinney, Kurt South, and Mike McClure from The Great Divide.
Where can people access your music on the web?
For just streaming:
And for the purchase of singles: iTunes, Napster and Amazon MP3.
Any embarrassing moments on stage?
Nothing major, but forgetting lyrics to your own songs has to be right up there at the top!
Any good stories you want to tell us?
I got my first radio single in 2008. I recorded this song called "Red Dirt Music" in my garage on a home recording program acoustically.
The CD was just to take to my acoustic shows and sell but I decided to pitch it to a Texas internet station. They put it on their playlist and became their #1 most requested song for five weeks in a row. A mainstream radio station in Abilene, TX (KBCY 99.7 FM) was the first mainstream station to play any of my songs and a home made jobber at that.
Since then I have hit radio in Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas. I became a member of the Academy of Texas Music and have been riding the wave ever since.
Who are your influences?
I have lots of Texas/Red Dirt artists that influence me such as Jason Boland, Kevin Fowler and Jackson Taylor but more on the tradition side would be George Strait, Garth Brooks and Chris LeDoux.
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