Thank you so much for chatting with us Dale Ann! We love your new album coming out on March 22, The Hard Way! Tell us a little about it.
The Hard Way is one of those full-circle albums. I think it sort of took on a theme without there being one in the beginning. It’s all true life stories about love and kind of Folk-ish stories. It took a theme of its own as being a live experience type album.
How long have you wanted to do an album like this?
Probably for a while now. I think the last two albums prior built up to this album. I think this is the full circle kind of thing that everybody wants to do at this point in their career.
Is there one song in particular you’re most excited about people hearing?
I loved all the songs. I think “The Hard Way Every Time” was foremost in my mind and probably set up the rest of the album. I was really excited about “Ode to Billy Joe” too.
Are you mainly inspired by what happens around you for your songs?
Pretty much - what is happening at the time, and stories that I’ve heard down through the years. I was one of those kids that really liked to be around older people and hear the stories about my ancestors and loved the way they told them. They were really dramatic and I’d get scared and then I’d laugh. I think I’d take the stories I’ve heard from those stories and see that it still happens around me today. It’s kind of connected in a way from the past and the present.
Who are some artists you would love to tour and collaborate with?
There are so many. I would so love to work with Dolly, or just meet her. I love Gordon Lightfoot, plus there’s just so many Bluegrass artists that have got to be counted in as Bluegrass artists because people love their songs. I love to tour and meet people, and there are so many artists that I would love to work with.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people take away from your songs?
That we all fall down and that we can get up. We can keep on going and change, make restitution where we can or where we’ve failed. We should give and accept forgiveness, and forgive ourselves because we can’t move on if we don’t. You can’t forgive anybody else until you forgive yourself.
What was the Grammy's like being in LA nominated with Sister Sadie?
It was one of the best times in my whole life. I love those girls and it was just everything that you thought it would be. They took it all in, we laughed and was so honored to even be nominated and that’s something that you watch, if you’re lucky enough as a kid. I used to follow them, if I could watch them. I’d read all about them in magazines and anywhere I could.
Now for the Food! How do you drink your coffee? With four creamers
What is your favorite breakfast? Bacon and eggs
What is your favorite sandwich? A good ole American cheeseburger
In Nashville, where are some of your favorite places to get southern classics? Wendell’s, down on Charlotte Pike. That’s about the most unique place I can think of.
Do you like to cook and if so what’s your signature dish? I don’t cook, so my signature dish is a can of Campbell’s soup!
Is there anywhere you have wanted to travel or a restaurant you have always wanted to dine in that you have not yet? Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why?
I would say Pepsi, because I love it.