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National News / Music

Friday, 20 July, 2012 3:37 PM

Country music star Chris Cagle releases new studio album, Back in the Saddle

Album cover credit: Bigger Picture Music Group

Back in the Saddle is available now in stores everywhere.

 

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

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LOS ANGELES -- Chris Cagle was born on Nov. 10, 1968 in DeRidder, Louisiana. He was discovered by a Nashville record label agent while working at a restaurant. The country music singer is best known for the hits "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out," "What a Beautiful Day" and "What Kinda Gone." He just released his fifth studio album, Back in the Saddle, on June 26. It is his first studio album in four years since 2008's My Life's Been a Country Song. The new album features his current single, "Let There Be Cowgirls," and his previous single, "Got My Country On."

Let's start off by going back a few years. Please tell me more about how you got discovered at a restaurant. It sounds like an interesting story. Did a record label person just come in?

"Yeah, I was working on the weekends at a restaurant and during the day I was a golf caddy," Cagle explained in an exclusive interview. "One of the fellow golf caddie's wife used to come to the restaurant with him and by herself. She was the executive assistant to Scott Hendricks [President of Virgin Records Nashville]."

You've had many hit songs over the years, but which one is your favorite to perform?

"Gosh, that's a really good question," he said. "All of them, I don't know. I just enjoy being able to be on stage and perform. I don't think it matters which one I'm singing. As long as the people are responsive, I don't care."

In what ways has becoming a father changed your life?

"You got an hour for that one?" the country music singer joked. "It's changed every aspect of my life. It changed every aspect of how I think, how I make decisions, how I choose what's best for me. I used to not even think what's best for me. I used to just go with the flow. I look at life with a completely different perspective now. For the first time in my life, I kind of wind up coming in last place."

Please give me some highlights of your fifth studio album, Back in the Saddle.

"My personal favorites on the record are 'Got My Country On,' 'Let There Be Cowgirls,' 'Dance Baby Dance,' and 'I'lll Grow My Own,'" Cagle explained. "Then, I like 'Thank God She Left the Whiskey' and 'Southern Girl.' I really like all of them, I like the whole record."

You mentioned the new single "Let There Be Cowgirls." What's the story behind that song?

"Man, I wish I had a good one," he added. "My buddy and I had an idea and we got lucky. We sat down to write. We had a title and I had a melody. Life just really smiled on us that day and we got lucky."

That is the second single off that record. Do you know what the next one will be?

"It will probably be 'Dance Baby Dance,' but I'm not sure."

Right now, I'm calling from southern California. What was it like playing at the Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival?

"Oh, it was a blast, we had a great time," the country music singer said. "I personally enjoyed seeing Gloriana and Phil Vassar. I haven't seen those guys in a while. I just had a really great time. It was beautiful weather and a great crowd."

Let's discuss some of your upcoming tour stops. Locally, Cagle will be performing on Oct. 11 at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

"This weekend, I'll be in Akron, N.Y., Traverse City, Mich. and Mendon, Mich.," Cagle explained. "Yeah, those are full band shows."

What are your thoughts on TV shows like Duets, The Voice and America's Got Talent? Do you think they are a good way for newcomers to get noticed?

"I don't watch them, I don't know," he said. "I couldn't tell you, I don't have enough time to watch TV. If I watch TV, it's because I taped Hell's Kitchen or Master Chef or an awards show."

Any other final comments before we wrap up?

"I'm just really happy that we're getting to do what we're doing out here on the road," the country music singer added. "We're getting to get back out and I'm blown away by the fact that this is the fastest moving single I've ever had so far and it's only been out two weeks. We went from No. 57 to No. 44 in two weeks, that's huge for me. I'm really proud of the record and the response that the fans have given us. I'm super, super thrilled with the open arms that radio's given us. I can't say thank you enough."

For more information about Chris Cagle, visit his official website at www.chriscagle.com or his Facebook and Twitter pages.

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PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Chris Cagle performed at Detroit's Hart Plaza in May 2008.

 

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