Your new album The Window is coming out soon. Tell me a little bit about it.
Records, for me at least, are kind of where you’re at at the time. Some of the songs I wrote on this record were when I was in a happy place and some were not. If you live your life right and you do things right, you get better as you go on. The same thing goes with recording and writing songs, so that was kind of my outlook before and during the making of this album.
What was the inspiration behind this album?
Everything is based off of a true story. My ex-girlfriend was a huge influence. She broke my heart. Well actually, she ripped it up, jumped up and down on it and then threw it in the middle of Nashville five o’clock freeway traffic, so you could say a lot of the inspiration came from her.
What is your favorite song off of the album?
My favorites are actually the ones I didn’t write. One is called The Killin’ Song and the other is called “The Window” which is the name of the album.
Who are some of your musical influences?
I grew up on everything from Johnny Cash to Jerry Reed to Merle Haggard to ACDC to Lynyrd Skynyrd. I’m also a huge Hank Jr. fan. I would say that basically covers it.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
One of my oldest co-writers Tommy Conners knew Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ed King from an old Irish Pub that he used to sing at. He gave me all of his contact information and I guess I must have chickened out. I still to this day wish I would have reached out. I must have been going through a hard time or something. I’ve also always wanted to play rhythm on stage with ACDC. I think that would be pretty cool!
What are your plans for the rest of 2017?
I have a bunch of shows planned! I’m going to be doing another video and this one will be for The Killin’ Song, so we are excited about that. I’m also in the process of releasing my new single “Givin’ Up Breathin’” over in the UK and Ireland.
Ok, now for some food questions…
Do you have a guilty pleasure food?
First of all, I’m a serious food freak. If I’m in Vermont and I’m on the corner of Church St. and Burlington, then it’s a Ben and Jerry’s sundae. I also love chocolate, basically chocolate anything. I like chocolate so much that I bought chocolate granola and then bought a bunch of dark chocolate and cut it up and mixed it in there. Chocolate is just too good.
If you could only pick one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Just one? Seriously? How about Italian?! I had my first carbonara over in Venice, Italy and it was incredible. I want to live in Italy.
Would you rather cook or eat out?
It’s funny because I used to bake a lot when I was a kid and I was really good. I would bake all kinds of cookies and chocolate cakes. As of now though, I’m not much of a cook per say. It just depends on who’s doing the cooking to determine whether or not I’d want to stay in and have a cooked meal or go out and eat.
What is your favorite place to eat in Nashville?
I like to go to Jimmy Kelly’s. It’s an old steakhouse around the corner from Exit Inn. I like it because it’s so old school. It’s in an old house and has been there for over 30 years. There’s also an Irish Pub over by my house called McNamara’s and they have the best reuben and Irish music ever.
Finally for Battered and Brewed, if you could eat or have a drink with one person dead or alive, who would it be and what would you have?
Waylon Jennings for sure. There’s just something about him…I think it would be really cool. He was no bullshit and I appreciate that. As for a drink, I would prefer some really good tequila, most likely Casamigos. As for food, steak is the first thing that comes to mind.
ABOUT JAMIE LEE THURSTON:
Jamie Lee Thurston is a Country music success story. He’s had a hit record. A top charting video. Played with superstars such as Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley. And performed on some of Country’s biggest stages.
While he wasn’t born on stage, Jamie Lee Thurston’s first memories are of it.
A New England native, Jamie Lee first took the stage when he was three-years old with his father, who was a popular band leader and front man for musical groups in Vermont. “Music is what I am, what I want, and all I can ever imagine doing,” he says. As a teenager, Jamie Lee worked as a roadie for his dad’s band, and was promoted to guitar player when he graduated high school. “As a kid there were always guitars lying around the house,” recalls Jamie Lee. “I used to strap one on, turn the stereo up really loud and just bang on the thing. My dad’s guitar players spent some time showing me chords and riffs and I just kind of moved on from there.”
At first he moved around the Northeast and Canada playing in bars and clubs, but before long he was opening for superstar Country acts such as the Dixie Chicks, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Billy Currington and Charlie Daniels.
That’s when Nashville came calling, and Jamie Lee signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records. His first single, “It Can All Be Gone,” was a Billboard “Hot Shot Debut” and shot up to #3 on the GAC video chart.
As an independent artist, Jamie Lee continues to play with Country greats, has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, and has seven albums to his credit.
Jamie Lee is also an accomplished songwriter, with artists such as Trace Atkins, Montgomery Gentry and Rodney Atkins recording his songs. Jamie Lee’s “15 Minutes” (co-written with Tony Mullins) was a Top 20 hit for Rodney Atkins.
Jamie Lee’s other passion is helping America’s veterans. He has partnered with the Easter Seal’s Veteran’s Count program and will release his mini-documentary, “Ghosts In His Eyes,” this year to help raise awareness and money for veterans with PTS and TBI.