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Country Music Explosion:Thanks for doing this interview,Let's first start off by giving us a little background of your life,then we can proceed to the rest of the interview

                                            Background Q&A
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Country Music Explosion:Did you live in a small town or big city?

Greg Finger:Suburbs of Cincinnati
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Country Music Explosion:Did you attend church?

Greg Finger:Yes!
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any brothers or sisters,?if so,Are you the oldest?middle?youngest child?

Greg Finger:I have one older brother, I am the young one!
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Country Music Explosion:Where did you and your friends like to hang out the most on weekends?

Greg Finger:We liked to go to the movies and really just sit in each others houses and cause trouble.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you finish school?

Greg Finger:Yes I graduated from Georgetown College in 2012
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Country Music Explosion:What were your fondest memories in school?

Greg Finger:Hanging out with friends and building really strong relationships with them. I love people.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to friends at school,Do you still stay in contact with them?what kind of things did you all like to do together?

Greg Finger:Yes we still stay in contact.We like to go out to eat and try different local breweries in different cities.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you ever get in trouble with your friends?

Greg Finger:ALL THE TIME haha!
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Country Music Explosion:What's the hardest thing you have learned in life?

Greg Finger:That it's my job to work really hard but simultaneously I'm not in control.
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Country Music Explosion:What is your favorite food?

Greg Finger:Chipotle!
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Country Music Explosion:What is your favorite drink?

Greg Finger:Beer, bourbon, and coffee (can't decide)
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Country Music Explosion:What is your favorite season of the year?

Greg Finger:Fall, that's easy.
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Country Music Explosion:What is one moment in your life that you will never forget?

Greg Finger:There's so many. One would be the moment I knew I wanted to play country music for a living. I was listening to Zac Brown Band and it just hit me. I wanted to do that. So then I started doing it.
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Country Music Explosion:If you were able to have a super power,which would you rather have?

Greg Finger:Either the ability to fly or have Chris Stapleton's voice (I consider that a superpower haha)
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Country Music Explosion:If your allowed to drink alcohol,which is your favorite?

Greg Finger:Bourbon/Beer
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Country Music Explosion:Is there anything you cant live without?

Greg Finger:Coffee. Non-negotiable.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any animals?if so what kind?

Greg Finger:I have a dog named Huckleberry!
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Country Music Explosion:What else can we expect from you in the future?

Greg Finger:More music, more touring, more fun!
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Country Music Explosion:What did you like to do growing up?

Greg Finger:I played a lot of sports and was involved in a ton of activities that my Mom made me do...
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of hobbies did you have growing up and have right now?

Greg Finger:I liked hanging out with friends when I was a kid, and I still do. The only difference is now there is typically some beer or bourbon involved.
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Country Music Explosion:What is your biggest goal in life? Name three of your biggest weaknesses.

Greg Finger:My biggest goal is to keep my integrity while pursuing success in the Country Music Industry.I'm a Christian so it's really important to me to merge my music career and my relationship with God.
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Country Music Explosion:What hidden talents do you have?

Greg Finger:I'm randomly a really good bowler, billiard's pool player,
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Country Music Explosion:When & where were you born? Did you grow up to adulthood there?

Greg Finger:I was born in Columbus, Ohio but was raised in Cincinnati, OH.
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Country Music Explosion:What year were you born?

Greg Finger:1989
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Country Music Explosion:Did you go to college,if so What is your major? How supportive were they about you going away to college?Did you get along with your roommate?Why did you go into that major?

Greg Finger:I went to Georgetown College and majored in Exercise Science.My parents were very supportive because I got a football scholarship to go there.
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Country Music Explosion:How far back can you trace your ancestors?

Greg Finger:No idea.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you know if your parents,grand-parents,great-grandparents were the ones to migrate to the US?

Greg Finger:I have no idea.
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Country Music Explosion:Where did they come from?

Greg Finger:I was adopted. I don't know.
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Country Music Explosion:Did they come with families or did they begin family in the US?

Greg Finger:No idea.
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Country Music Explosion:What was a typical weekend like growing up?

Greg Finger:Hanging out with friends and family. Just having fun.
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Country Music Explosion:What role did your parents play in your education?

Greg Finger:They pushed me to do well in school.
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Country Music Explosion:What language(s) do you speak?

Greg Finger:English.
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Country Music Explosion:How was your educational experience from K-12?

Greg Finger:It was great!
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Country Music Explosion:What schools did you attend? Where located?

Greg Finger:Princeton Middle School - Cincinnati, OH
Princeton High School
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Country Music Explosion:Compare your junior high to high school involvement?

Greg Finger:I loved both of them!
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of activities or organizations were you a part of?

Greg Finger:I was on the football, basketball, and baseball teams.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you and/or band have social media accounts where fans can reach out to you?if so,what is the URL for them?

Greg Finger:I can be found at the following

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gregfingerband/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregfingerband

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOXvqmGAoSDK5FP4lo9oi8w

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregfingerband/
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                                                           Music Q&A

Country Music Explosion:What role did your parents play in your Music Career?

Greg Finger:They bought me my first piano and made me practice until I was blue in the face.They also payed for my lessons growing up and helped me start out in the music business financially.I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them!
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Country Music Explosion:What did your parents and friends say when you told them you wanted to be a singer?

Greg Finger:They were supportive they just wanted me to be able to pay my bills!
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Country Music Explosion:Some Artist sing part time,like a hobby,are you making this a Career or Hobby?

Greg Finger:This is my full time career.
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Country Music Explosion:What's your most favorite thing about singing?

Greg Finger:It feels good to make other people feel good.
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Country Music Explosion:What's the first concert you attended?

Greg Finger:John Mayer in 2008.
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music can't you stand to listen to?

Greg Finger:Metal.
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Country Music Explosion:If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?

Greg Finger:Rock or Jazz.
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of music do you listen to today?

Greg Finger:Country, rock, soul, pop.
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Country Music Explosion:What embarrassing songs might we find on your MP3 player?

Greg Finger:Haha I don't own an MP3 player so you wouldn't find anything :)
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to your music,Do you have one that You're most proud of?If so what is the name of it?

Greg Finger:Probably "If Only" or "Home Is In Her Eyes"
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Country Music Explosion:Can you tell us if there is a story behind the song?

Greg Finger:"If Only" was written about a troubled relationship, and I wrote "Home Is In Her Eyes" in North Dakota when we were on tour and I was missing home.
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Country Music Explosion:Which of your song's do you feel most people can relate to?Can you tell us the story behind the song.

Greg Finger:Probably "Gonna Be Okay", it's about hard times and moving through and past them.
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Country Music Explosion:What message are you trying to send with your music?

Greg Finger:I'm not trying to send a message really. I'm just trying to be myself and make beautiful songs.
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Country Music Explosion:What age group is your music aimed towards?

Greg Finger:18-45 Probably
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

Greg Finger:Country, Americana, Pop. I love Zac Brown Band, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, guys like that.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your songs about?(What specific themes do they cover?)

Greg Finger:Love, heartbreak, confusion, hope, frustration, sadness, joy, to name a few.
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Country Music Explosion:How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a singer?At the time did you know what Genre you wanted to sing ?

Greg Finger:I was 24. I'm 27 now. I knew at the moment what I wanted to do.
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Country Music Explosion:Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are presenting both listeners and artists with challenging questions. What's your view on the value of music today?

Greg Finger:It's so valuable.It has the ability to influence the entire culture! That's one of the reasons I love it.
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Country Music Explosion:Which instruments do you play?

Greg Finger:Piano and guitar.
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Country Music Explosion:What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Greg Finger:Heart and Soul on the piano :)
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Country Music Explosion:Is your family musical?

Greg Finger:Not really.
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Country Music Explosion:Describe your family member's musical interests and abilities.

Greg Finger:My brother played cello growing up. That's about it :)
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Greg Finger:Tom Petty is one I admire.He seems to be a really nice guy.He hasn't let all the fame and money get to his head.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Greg Finger:Zac Brown Band, Billy Joel, and so many more.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Greg Finger:Probably in the studio creating and writing great songs with my band.
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Country Music Explosion:Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Greg Finger:John Denver, the Eagles
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Country Music Explosion:How often and for how long do you practice?

Greg Finger:I practice daily for at least 30 minutes minimum.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you practice - exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?

Greg Finger:Vocal exercises, learning new songs, and writing new songs.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you balance your music with other obligations - friends,family, job?

Greg Finger:I try to keep the two separated but it's really hard. That's something I am currently working on.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently looking to be signed to a label?If your signed,can you give us a little insight on how you see the way things are done?is it like a big family?

Greg Finger:We aren't currently looking to be sign.We want to continue to build a solid foundation before we get to that step!
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any new releases coming out soon?if so,what is the name of the song,Album and is it available now for pre-order?

Greg Finger:We are planning to get back in the studio soon and are currently talking with a couple producers to sort it out.
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Country Music Explosion:Where can your music be purchased?

Greg Finger:iTunes, amazon, and at our website you can get CD's - www.gregfingerband.com
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Songwriting Q&A

Country Music Explosion:Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

Greg Finger:I write most of the songs and then bring them to the band for revision. Sometimes we start from scratch though and write all together.
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Country Music Explosion:Is there a certain time you set or a certain place to write songs?

Greg Finger:Sometimes, it just depends. I find though that the best songs we write kind of just happen.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you find song writing to be difficult and need some sort of help or do they come to you very easy?

Greg Finger:I love song writing. It's one of my favorite things to do.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to writing your songs..Do the songs just come to you,then you write them or Do you have to meet with a publisher and/or other songwriters?

Greg Finger:We write all of our own songs. We haven't worked with any publishers or other songwriters.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your main impulses to write music?

Greg Finger:Love, heartbreak, nature.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to song writing, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a writer?

Greg Finger:I think it needs to be honest,you can work the rest of other stuff out.Lyrics,melody,chords,etc.can be changed. But, if the idea behind the song isn't honest, it probably won't be that good.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you usually start with when working on a new Music?

Greg Finger:Music usually.
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us about the selection process for deciding on what to write about,please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, information gathering and fact-checking in general?

Greg Finger:No research for me. I just come up with ideas and write. Sometimes I have to check to see if a melody or something is actually original or did I accidentally steal it from someone else.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you see the role of a song writer in the creative process? Should it amplify public taste, distinguish the good from the bad, inform, promote artists, or, “illuminate, educate and entertain” fans? Do you feel that, as part of your work, music needs to be explained or should it retain its “inexplicable nature”?

Greg Finger:It all depends in my opinion. Some songs I really want to know the meaning of it, and others I', glad I don't because I can pull the meaning personally and make it personal to me.
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Country Music Explosion:Whom do you feel your obligation is to.. other artists or the fans, and how much do you feel is songwriting restricted by external factors?

Greg Finger:I don't feel restricted much. I think it's my job as an artist to deliver a good product, and I think our fans will be happy with a good product even if it isn't what they were expecting.
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Country Music Explosion:When and why did you start writing songs?

Greg Finger:I started writing songs when I was about 21. I wrote them out of an overflow of emotion, and also a curiosity to see if I could do it.

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                                               Touring,Concert,Performing Q&A

Country Music Explosion:Have you been on tour?If so,what's the longest tour you have been involved in?

Greg Finger:Yes, we have been on tour for a month or longer at a time.
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Country Music Explosion:What's the most gigs you do a year?

Greg Finger:150-200
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Country Music Explosion:Where would you most like to perform?

Greg Finger:Red Rocks Colorado
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Country Music Explosion:Who would you most like to open for?

Greg Finger:Zac Brown Band
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently doing gigs?if so where?

Greg Finger:All over the country!
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Country Music Explosion:Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues?

Greg Finger:We have played literally all over the country.I loved playing in Alabama,Georgia,Florida,South Carolina, North Carolina,Tennessee,Virginia,and Kentucky
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us about the selection process you go through when doing a gig?or in the studio?How do you decide which song to perform or record first?

Greg Finger:Its hard to say. It changes day to day :)
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Country Music Explosion:Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?

Greg Finger:No I haven't
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Country Music Explosion:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV.online?

Greg Finger:We perform in public all the time.Bars,concert venues,online,radio,and on TV.Follow us on Social Media to see what we are up to!
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Country Music Explosion:What do you think about when your preforming?

Greg Finger:Typically connecting with the people in the audience and getting them into it.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Greg Finger:Just keep rolling, haha! It happens to everyone!
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Country Music Explosion:Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Greg Finger:Of course, but I think some nerves are a good thing otherwise you don't care.
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Country Music Explosion:What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Greg Finger:Just keep performing live and that will go away someday :)

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Country Music Explosion:What is the name of your band?

Greg Finger:Greg Finger Band
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Country Music Explosion:Who Came up with the name of your band?

Greg Finger:It's my name with the word Band attached :)
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Country Music Explosion:What are your rehearsals generally like?

Greg Finger:Us yelling at each other until we get it right! Just kidding, we typically have fun and get down to business so we can get in and get out.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?

Greg Finger:They are more spontaneous!
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Country Music Explosion:What has been your biggest challenge as a band?

Greg Finger:Merging from a cover band to an original band and building our brand that way.
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Country Music Explosion:Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

Greg Finger:Yes mostly due to social media. Our social media exposure is really good with our original music so that is helping a ton.
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Country Music Explosion:What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?

Greg Finger:Get with people you like, because being on the road with awful people is.....well.....awful :)
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Country Music Explosion:How long have you all known each other?

Greg Finger:A year
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Country Music Explosion:How did you meet?

Greg Finger:Through mutual friends
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Country Music Explosion:When did you form your band?

Greg Finger:A year and half ago.
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Country Music Explosion:What inspired you to make music together?

Greg Finger:We love music, and we love to write. It was very natural.
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This Concludes the interview,We hope you enjoyed it.