StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-115644103829925.jpg’, ‘Photo courtesy of jackingram.net’, ‘Country star Jack Ingram’);
Country music star takes On the Waterfront stage Thursday, Aug. 31, with SHeDAISY, Darryl Worley
Jack Ingram will play at On the Waterfront Aug. 31. He has toured with Brooks & Dunn as well as Sheryl Crow and Toby Keith, and has the No. 1 country music song in the nation, Wherever You Are.
SHeDAISY, Darryl Worley and Jack Ingram will take the On the Waterfront stage at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 31. Gates to the show open at 6 p.m. Reserved ticket prices are $74.50 for Gold Seats (first two rows), $26.50 in advance, and $33.50 the day of the show. Lawn tickets are $14 in advance and $21 the day of the show. Tickets are available at www.onthewaterfront.com, the MetroCentre Box Office or by phone at 968-5222.
Ingram recently sat down with The Rock River Times for a discussion via telephone.
The Rock River Times (TRRT): When did you first start playing music?
Jack Ingram (J.I.): When I was 18. Playing around town when I was going to college, figurin it out. I only had one guitar lesson, and I figured the rest out.
TRRT: Where did you go to college and how did that influence you?
J.I.: I graduated from South Methodist University in 1993. I studied psychology because I was interested in it. I was into music because its about figuring out how messed up we are. Thats what music is, too.
TRRT: How did your band get together?
J.I.: I started playing with the drummer (Peter Coatney) at a saloon, and weve been together ever since. Weve had a few different guitar and bass players.
TRRT: You just had the most requested country song in the nation (Wherever You Are), how does that make you feel? Were you surprised, or did you expect it?
J.I.: Yes, I was surprised. Yes, I expected it. Thats the weird thing about this business. Being 35 and having my first No. 1 hit, I knew the number of miles it took to get here. Every time since I put out my first record at 25, I expected it to be platinum, and none of my records are platinum.
TRRT: Of all the artists that youve played with, who was your favorite?
J.I.: Todd Snider was the first artist I went on tour with, and hes remained one of my closest friends. Sheryl Crow was great, too, and she was hot.
TRRT: Do you have another album coming out?
J.I.: Ive got a new record coming out at the beginning of 2007. Probably February or March.
TRRT: Whats it like to be touring with Brooks & Dunn or Sheryl Crow?
J.I.: Its a huge deal, and its great. Every time people ask me that, I say, How do you think it would feel? Exactly like youd imagine: awesome. Big shows every night, and a lot of fun.
TRRT: How would you describe your music, do you think youve matured as an artist?
J.I.: Its definitely changed. Its changed and Ive changed. It reflects me as who I am.
TRRT: You once said, (Country music) talks about things that make you think. Thats what its about when Im listening to music. I write songs to figure out why I feel the way that I do, and why things are going the way they are. How do you feel about that now? Have your views changed?
J.I.: It goes back to psychology. Its an active part of my life. Were all trying to figure out life. That goes for me as a fan and an artist.
TRRT: Have you ever been to Rockford?
J.I.: I havent. I have no idea where it is.
TRRT: How did you get to play at On the Waterfront?
J.I.: They called me and I accepted. Thats the beauty of whats going on right now, I dont even have to call them.
TRRT: Have you been to the Midwest before?
J.I.: We played in Chicago and were playing there tomorrow night with Brooks & Dunn. Ive played in St. Louis, too.
TRRT: Where do you live now and where are you from originally?
J.I.: I live in Austin, Texas, with my wife and three kids. But I lived in Dallas and Houston before that.
From the Aug. 23-29, 2006, issue