The psychology behind Jack Ingram

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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, 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 it’s about figuring out how messed up we are. That’s 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 we’ve been together ever since. We’ve 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. That’s 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 you’ve played with, who was your favorite?

J.I.: Todd Snider was the first artist I went on tour with, and he’s 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.: I’ve got a new record coming out at the beginning of 2007. Probably February or March.

TRRT: What’s it like to be touring with Brooks & Dunn or Sheryl Crow?

J.I.: It’s a huge deal, and it’s great. Every time people ask me that, I say, “How do you think it would feel?” Exactly like you’d imagine: awesome. Big shows every night, and a lot of fun.

TRRT: How would you describe your music, do you think you’ve matured as an artist?

J.I.: It’s definitely changed. It’s changed and I’ve changed. It reflects me as who I am.

TRRT: You once said, “(Country music) talks about things that make you think. That’s what it’s about when I’m 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. It’s an active part of my life. We’re 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 haven’t. 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. That’s the beauty of what’s going on right now, I don’t even have to call them.

TRRT: Have you been to the Midwest before?

J.I.: We played in Chicago and we’re playing there tomorrow night with Brooks & Dunn. I’ve 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

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