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

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Background Q&A

Country Music Explosion:Did you live in a small town or big city?

Joe Yeoman:I grew up in the small town of Orchard Hill Georgia.It's about 45 mins south of Atlanta even to this day there's still not a traffic light there
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Country Music Explosion:Did you attend church?

Joe Yeoman:Not as often as I should have however I learned early on right from wrong and that God isn't only found in a church he's in everything you see, and all around us
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any brothers or sisters,?if so,Are you the oldest?middle?youngest child

Joe Yeoman:I'm the oldest of 3 kids I have one brother and one sister
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Country Music Explosion:Where did you and your friends like to hang out the most on weekends>

Joe Yeoman:We spent most of our time like most small town kids cruising around the town I'd drive my old 66 chevy truck to pickup my buddies and we'd cruise up and down the strip in Griffin park and hangout for a while then drive some more
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Country Music Explosion:Did you finish school?

Joe Yeoman:I graduated from Griffin/Spalding County High in 1998
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Country Music Explosion:What were your fondest memories in school?

Joe Yeoman:Other than my small group of friends I didn't dig School that much,a tall skinny kid with Steve Urkel glasses does exactly have all the fun in high school
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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?

Joe Yeoman:Most of my friends ended up going into the Army or Marines.I enlisted with the Army but due to being almost legally blind and 40% deaf in both ears there wasn't a place for me there.But we all loved old muscle cars and trucks so we'd spend a lot of time working g on each others vehicles and going to cars shows
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Country Music Explosion:Did you ever get in trouble with your friends?

Joe Yeoman:Other than street racing when we shouldn't have been we all stayed under the radar,luckily we never got caught because our parents would've tore us up
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Country Music Explosion:What's the hardest thing you have learned in life?

Joe Yeoman:Thats a good question,I guess the hardest thing is having to cut ties from negative people in your life, even if it's your family.Every person that comes into your life good or bad leaves some sort of mark on you,it's up to you to figure out if that's what you want for yourself or not, and try and learn from those experiences
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Country Music Explosion:What is your favorite food?

Joe Yeoman:I'm a big ol boy so you know I like food, but I'd have to say chicken fried chicken and Gravy make you wanna slap yo mama, making me hongry thinking about it lol
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Country Music Explosion:What is your favorite drink?

Joe Yeoman:I'm a southern boy and sweet tea is the bomb, I could easily go through a gallon a day
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Country Music Explosion:What is your favorite season of the year?

Joe Yeoman:I'd have to say fall,college football on TV,it's not a billion degrees outside,big boys sweat lol,seems like there's time to slow down a little then
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Country Music Explosion:What is one moment in your life that you will never forget?

Joe Yeoman:The first time I got to drive my old truck,I'd had it for a year and a half replaced rebuilt or repaired everything on it and I had got my license that morning and hopped in it my little brother jumped in the passenger side and we went to the gas station to fill it up.It was only a mile but there was something freeing about that ride without a parent or adult right beside you.
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Country Music Explosion:If you were able to have a super power,which would you rather have?

Joe Yeoman:Super power,I guess it'd have to be being able to fly.I think that'd be pret ty cool
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Country Music Explosion:If your allowed to drink alcohol,which is your favorite?

Joe Yeoman:What I normally drink is Southern Comfort w/Dr. Pepper. But I really like Angry Orchard too lol
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Country Music Explosion:Is there anything you cant live without?

Joe Yeoman:It's gonna cliche but my guitar,I've had one since I was 10 it's definitely the longest relationship I've ever had lol
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any animals?if so what kind?

Joe Yeoman:I have 3 quarter horses, 4 dogs 2 cats so we have a starter zoo
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Country Music Explosion:What else can we expect from you in the future?

Joe Yeoman:I plan to continue writing about real life, recording in my studio and playing live shows
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Country Music Explosion:What did you like to do growing up?

Joe Yeoman:Playing guitar with my brother and riding go carts and four wheelers
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of hobbies did you have growing up and have right now?

Joe Yeoman:Other than playing guitar,I always had a passion for cars and trucks,whether it was building model cars or building real cars when I got older I really enjoy horsepower and customization of cars and trucks.
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Country Music Explosion:What is your biggest goal in life? Name three of your biggest weaknesses.

Joe Yeoman:Biggest goal in life is to be happy,whether it's performing on stage or not I think that should be everyone's goal.Weaknesses,#1 Expecting too much from people #2 Thinking I have to do everything all on my own #3 Short temper at times even though I work on it all the time
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Country Music Explosion:What hidden talents do you have?

Joe Yeoman:I don't know if it qualifies as hidden or not but I can name that tune better than most especially Country music
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Country Music Explosion:When & where were you born?Did you grow up to adulthood there?

Joe Yeoman:I was born in Griffin Georgia August of 1980
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Country Music Explosion:Did you grow up at this location?

Joe Yeoman:For the most part I grew up just south of Griffin in Orchard Hill Georgia until I was 16 when I left home
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Country Music Explosion:Where have you lived? What section?

Joe Yeoman:I moved to Newnan Georgia when I was 18 and have been around this area ever since rhwn.
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Country Music Explosion:What year were you born?

Joe Yeoman:1980
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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?

Joe Yeoman:Unfortunately living on my own at 16 didn't allow me to pursue college, I had to work to live
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Country Music Explosion:How far back can you trace your ancestors?

Joe Yeoman:Only back to my Great Great Grand father on my dad's side
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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?

Joe Yeoman:I don't know when but it had to be back in the early 1800's or earlier if they did
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Country Music Explosion:Where did they come from?

Joe Yeoman:I'm not 100% sure but somewhere in Europe
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Country Music Explosion:What was a typical weekend like growing up?

Joe Yeoman:Saturday morning cartoons til 9am then we got kicked out of the house,and we'd play until sundown building forts,playing baseball irritating my lil sister typical kid stuff.
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Country Music Explosion:Were you or your family members involved in the community?What kind of things?

Joe Yeoman:My dad ran his own automotive repair shop and played music in a few travelling Gospel groups
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Country Music Explosion:What role did your parents play in your education?

Joe Yeoman:They made sure we went to school but taught us there was more than just book smarts as they called it,they taught us life skills that we could use
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Country Music Explosion:What language(s) do you speak?

Joe Yeoman:English and sarcasm :-) mostly curse words in Spanish lol
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Country Music Explosion:If you speak Spanish?Did you grow up speaking Spanish?When did you learn it?Has it ever been an issue?Education In general,

Joe Yeoman:My first wife was Puerto Rican and spoke fluent Spanish so I learned some from her,that might be why I only know the curse words and why she's an ex lol
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Country Music Explosion:How was your educational experience from K-12?

Joe Yeoman:It could've been better like I said before tall skinny kid with Urkel glasses does lend much to a great story,I had to fight more often than not from middle school onward
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Country Music Explosion:What schools did you attend? Where located?

Joe Yeoman:Lamar County Elementary in Barnesville,Ga..Taylor street Middle School in Griffin and finally Griffin/Spalding County High School
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of activities or organizations were you a part of?

Joe Yeoman:I took every gym class and weightlifting class I could to try and bulk up.I also was in JROTC program in high school and really enjoyed it.
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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?

Joe Yeoman:My website has all my links as well music and videos etc..

Website:www.joeyeoman.com

Facebook:www.Facebook.com/joeyeomanband

Twitter:www.Twitter.com/joe_yeoman

YouTube:www.Youtube.com/joeyeoman
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Music Q&A

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

Joe Yeoman:They got me my first guitar and dad taught me how to play old school country tunes
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Country Music Explosion:What did your parents and friends say when you told them you wanted to be a singer?

Joe Yeoman:I kept it hidden for a while mainly because I was super shy,but I started writing songs and had to sing them so folks would know how they went lol
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Country Music Explosion:Some Artist sing part time,like a hobby,are you making this a Career or Hobby?

Joe Yeoman:I'd like for it to be a career but I have bills and family to support so sometimes life gets in the way
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Country Music Explosion:What's your most favorite thing about singing?

Joe Yeoman:I enjoy the rush of being on stage performing and I really like when I do a song that no one expects me to do,the loom on their face is awesome
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Country Music Explosion:What's the first concert you attended?

Joe Yeoman:My first concert was a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music can't you stand to listen to?

Joe Yeoman:I just can't do trance music and screamo stuff
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Country Music Explosion:If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?

Joe Yeoman:Rock mainly because when I started singing out live I was in a classic rock cover band
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of music do you listen to today?

Joe Yeoman:I love country music old school Waylon,Merle Haggard,Conway,Garth,Travis Tritt,Alabama,Chris Stapleton, Sturgil Simpson,Cody Jinks,red dirt Texas music but I love the Eagles,CCR,Bob Seger,Blackberry Smoke,Whiskey Myers and Motown stuff
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Country Music Explosion:What embarrassing songs might we find on your MP3 player?

Joe Yeoman:A parody song of teach me how to Dougie called take me on your buggy and weird AL stuff lol
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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?

Joe Yeoman:"Where you can go",is a song I wrote for my sister as she was going through a divorce.Having been through one myself I put myself in the woman's shoes and what she was going through emotionally throughout the course of those events.I think it showcases my songwriting and storytelling,but also my guitarist Chad Gantt totally killed the solo on that song
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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

Joe Yeoman:"Those were the days"is a song I think most people can relate to because as we grow up we reminisce about the "good ol days" but as we get even older we realize that they are all good days and that the things we thought were important aren't as important as the memories we are making right now.
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Country Music Explosion:What message are you trying to send with your music?

Joe Yeoman:I try to send a message of positivity with out being overboard with it,most of my songs even if they talk about a negative subject matter,divorce,abuse etc..Always has some sort of positive message and way of coming out the other side of it it a better stronger person.
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Country Music Explosion:What age group is your music aimed towards?

Joe Yeoman:I think music is universal but I think I appeal to the 30 and up crowd
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

Joe Yeoman:I'm country something I'm not quite outlaw but I'm not pop country either.I love 90's country,I think that plays a big part of my sound so Garth, and Travis Tritt, Alabama, Tracy Lawrence and those guys are all influences
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Country Music Explosion:What are your songs about?(What specific themes do they cover?)

Joe Yeoman:They cover life, making a new start, divorce, domestic abuse, and even social injustices
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Country Music Explosion:What image do you think your music conveys?

Joe Yeoman:It's gonna sound cliche but, hope and optimism
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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 ?

Joe Yeoman:15 and I knew country was my thing I can't help but sound like me lol
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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?

Joe Yeoman:I think music is associated with feelings or events in people's lives that's why when anyone hears a song it brings back memories of what they were doing or feeling when they hears it.But as far monetary value the entire way of marketing and selling music,but that also opens you up to so many different styles and artists.Some of my favorite artists don't get radio airplay(they totally should though)they are better than most new artists on terestial radio.
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Country Music Explosion:Which instruments do you play?

Joe Yeoman:Guitar, Bass and I'm learning keys
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Country Music Explosion:What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Joe Yeoman:The first song my dad taught me to play was "your cheating heart" by Hank sr. The first song I learned on my own was "Proud mary" CCR'S version
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Country Music Explosion:Is your family musical?

Joe Yeoman:My Dad and Brother play guitar,My Mom sings and plays keys,My Sister she plays silent(bless her heart lol)
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Country Music Explosion:Describe your family member's musical interests and abilities.

Joe Yeoman:My parents were in a travelling gospel group that would go to different churches every week back before I came along.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Joe Yeoman:I think Chris Stapleton is probably one of the most humble and down to earth guys out there and not to mention talented,he tours with his wife and they sound amazing together.Reba McEntire is probably my favorite female artist ever,what's not to like about Reba?Aaron Lewis to me makes no excuses or apologies for what he thinks is Country Music and in my opinion nails it, especially considering he is the front man for Staind
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Joe Yeoman:Zac Brown,he made the local circuit for years before anyone took notice and he turned his love and talent for music into a huge career and is giving back to the community.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Joe Yeoman:Sunday afternoon sitting in the living room jamming with my dad and brother.
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Country Music Explosion:Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Joe Yeoman:I grew up in the cd Era but dad had some old 8 track tapes of Bob Seger and CCR,Merle Haggard that I'd play all the time
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Country Music Explosion:Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? ?

Joe Yeoman:The Eagles were so talented and multi faceted as far as style.Blackberry smoke are one of the tightest most musically talented band there is Charlie Starr just kills it on guitar.Brent Mason to me is one of the best guitar pickers.Everyone forgets about Jerry Reed but that man was a killer picker too!!!
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Country Music Explosion:Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?

Joe Yeoman:Not as often as I'd like to,but when songwriters show up with ideas already and let the song tell you where it wants to go.Sometimes you set out to write a sad song about love gone wrong and it turns into something totally different
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Country Music Explosion:How often and for how long do you practice?

Joe Yeoman:Atleast 6 to 7 hours a week depending on my work schedule and whether I have rehearsal that week
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Country Music Explosion:What do you practice - exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?

Joe Yeoman:New tunes,different arrangements of familiar tunes and songs that are outside my wheelhouse just to mix it up.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you balance your music with other obligations - friends,family, job?

Joe Yeoman:Currently work has taken a bigger part of my life than I'd like it to but you can't focus on any one thing and have balance, some days the scales tip one way the next something different.
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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?

Joe Yeoman:I'd love to be signed by a label,I would like for there to be a family type atmosphere where everyone helps the other artists do better, make oportunities and be happy for everyone involved
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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?

Joe Yeoman:The name of my album is Those Were The Days and it is currently available for purchase on itunes, Google play and all digital outlets and physical CD'S can be purchased at joeyeoman.com
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Country Music Explosion:Have you released any albums,cd's..if so can you tell us about them and the process you did to complete it(length of time,favorite song)

Joe Yeoman:Those were the days is the first album I've ever done,it took 2 years to complete,as I recorded all but one of the songs in my home studio.It was a learning g process for me and I'm very proud of what I was able to create.My favorite song on it is"Let's start tonight"mainly because it started life as another song and I decided to sit down and change the entire feel of it from the chorus and the arrangement of the entire song.
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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?

Joe Yeoman:I write all my own music some during cow rites bit most of it is all mine.As far as themes go I write what I know and what I've experienced,so as those experiences change naturally the songs will too.
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Country Music Explosion:Is there a certain time you set or a certain place to write songs?

Joe Yeoman:I usually do a lot of brainstorming while I'm travelling for my 9-5 job I'll hear a lyric that will spark a train of thought and off I'll go.Then once I get home I'll write the music to it,sometimes the music will come first, as a cool chord progression or picking style and then blossom from there
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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?

Joe Yeoman:I think almost all songwriters get writers block at times,so there are times where it comes easier than others but usually I push through and come up with something, may or may not be a keeper but it's progress for me
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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?

Joe Yeoman:Most often they just come to me and off I go.
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Country Music Explosion:How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city/state you are currently living in and how important is it in terms of what you're actually writing about?

Joe Yeoman:There's not much of a scene for country where I am,even though there's a lot of talent here but Atlanta is more of a rap town than country.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your main impulses to write music?

Joe Yeoman:Usually it's something that gets me thinking,whether it's a situation I'm going through or someone in my circle is going through.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your songwriting and/or career?

Joe Yeoman:I think for me was deciding to write"The Man"as it deals with domestic abuse that comes from real life experiences with it.It's a hard subject to talk about much less put into song especially when it conjures up such bad memories.
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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?

Joe Yeoman:I want the song to be the best it can be and bring out the message or feelings that it is meant to convey. If it's a break up song I want the audience to go through text breakup too,that's kinda messed up but it's true lol
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Country Music Explosion:What do you usually start with when working on a new Music?

Joe Yeoman:I usually have a melody or some line I want to elaborate on and then I build off of that.
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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?

Joe Yeoman:For me it really depends on my mood if I'm down or see someone close to me down then that what I write,if I'm happy or a big life moment is happening then I tend to write more upbeat songs,sometimes it's just I'll write a song to show that I can.I wrote a cliche truck tailgate cutoff Jean song just to prove to a friend it was that easy to take sight words and string it together,it actually turned out pretty good even though it started in jest.
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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”?

Joe Yeoman:Some songs are self explanatory while others can be open for interpretation.Some songs will always mean something different to someone else.
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Country Music Explosion:In which way does writing and reading about music change the way it is perceived by the public?

Joe Yeoman:Birds of a feather flock together,if a piece is written about why Bro country sucks everyone that hates that style will jump on it and voice thier opinions, and unfortunately in today's society negative pieces spread faster than the oposire end of the spectrum
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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?

Joe Yeoman:That's a tough one, ultimately I'm for the song,if an artists likes it and goes with it then more Than likely those fans are going to like it too.Not everything is going to be a hit with everyone.Now obviously if I had a songwriting deal and was writing a song for say George Strait obviously I would write something that would be in line with what he does,now take a FGL song and pitch it to Strait, probably wouldn't work
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Country Music Explosion:Song writing has changed considerably over the past century.What,do you feel,could – or should be new forms and formats for song writing?

Joe Yeoman:I still LIKE verse chorus verse chorus bridge chorus style of songs but gain it has to fit the content of the song sometimes you need 2 or 3 verses before the chorus to get the story told before the chorus drives it home. Sometimes that takes more than 2:45 to get the point across.
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Country Music Explosion:When and why did you start writing songs?

Joe Yeoman:To get the girl lol I wrote my first song at age 14 to get a kiss from a girl I was digging on.It worked too :-)
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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?

Joe Yeoman:Not been on a real tour
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Country Music Explosion:What's the most gigs you do a year?

Joe Yeoman:I've done 60 in one year which isn't that many but for someone with a 9 to 5 job it's not too bad I don't think
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Country Music Explosion:Where would you most like to perform?

Joe Yeoman:The grand ol opry like all country artists,but I'd really like to play red rock too I think that's such a cool venue
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Country Music Explosion:Who would you most like to open for?

Joe Yeoman:Garth would be cool,Eric Church would be awesome,Chris Stapleton.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently doing gigs?if so where?

Joe Yeoman:Mostly local bars and corporate events
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Country Music Explosion:Where have you performed?What are your favorite and least favorite venues?

Joe Yeoman:Wild Bills in Atlanta cool venue,Juana pogoda Grill in Pensacola was cool right on the beach venue.
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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?

Joe Yeoman:I go by what feels good and what I think the crowd is feeling.
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Country Music Explosion:Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?

Joe Yeoman:Not really,I'm a big guy with my own niche and style,generally the competitions are for certain styles that I don't fit.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV.online?

Joe Yeoman:It's awesome playing songs and getting the reactions from the fans and patrons there,especially when I get to play all ages venues and kids have a blast when the music plays and can't contain themselves.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you think about when your preforming?

Joe Yeoman:Honestly I think about hitting the notes and remember g the words,I should probably just go with the flow but,I'm a perfectionist so that's hard to do lol
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Country Music Explosion:How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Joe Yeoman:Depends on the mistake but usually I push right through get back on track and try my best to kill the rest of the performance.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Joe Yeoman:I'd be lying if I said I don't get nervous,I just want folks to have a great time,enjoy my music and do my best.
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Country Music Explosion:What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Joe Yeoman:Deep breaths and tell them they are just as scared of you as you are of them lol to loosen them up.
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