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JJ Lawhorn: Debut Spotlight
Who is your musical hero? Skip James
Which song would you secretly love to cover? “Ordinary People,” by John Legend.
What CD is in your stereo? Texas Flood by SRV.
Who is your dream duet partner? Alison Krauss or Chris Stapleton.
What book is on your nightstand? The Bible.
What do you sing in the shower? Haha — I don’t, believe it or not.
What’s your pet peeve? When people say they are gonna do something and don’t.
What song do you wish you had written? “Silver Wings.”
What word or phrase do you find yourself saying over and over again? Haha, um …. $&@! … I’ll let you guess.
What mode of transportation do you prefer? I like my truck but I like motorcycles better.
What actor/actress would portray you in a biopic about your life? Ryan Gosling.
What moment in your life would you relive if you could? It would be killing my first deer.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be? “The Path Less Traveled.”
When they look back on your life in 50 years, what do you hope people say about you? I want people to say that I touched their lives in a positive way.
What would you put in your personal time capsule, for future artists and audiences? I would put away my notepad full of songs I’ve been writing since I was 5.
If you weren’t a musical artist, what would you be? A tobacco farmer.
What was your greatest performance to date – and why? When I was 8, I sang a Lee Greenwood song in front of my school – “Proud to Be an American.” I was a way better singer before I hit puberty haha.
What is your favorite food while on the road? Chipolte.
Where was your first gig? And how did it go? New York State Fair with Justin Moore … Didn’t have a voice… Didn’t go too well haha.”
What can you tell us about yourself that we’d never guess about you? I’m a history nut.