Today we’re joined by the Texan country music singer/songwriter Rich O’Toole.
American Music Times classed his debut album ‘Seventeen’ the Best Album of 2006 That No One Told You About and it’s great to have him on the show.
This year Rich released a new album called ‘New York.’ He tells me what got him into music, who his influences are, how he uses his platform, and what his favourite parts of Texas are.
We go on to talk about the politics, the riots, and the importance of being able to talk to each other in a calm and constructive way.
A really down to earth guy who’s a great musician too, it’s great hearing Rich’s way of seeing things.
“This election is really putting people in turmoil. The amount of depression, anxiety that it’s caused America – I feel like it’s Thanksgiving, 11pm and all your uncles are screaming.” – Rich O’Toole
04:04 – The stick Rich has got for his name over the years.
05:56 – Where in Texas Rich was born, and the places he’s lived.
08:56 – How Rich got into music and performing.
11:01 – Who Rich’s main influences are.
13:50 – How authentic Texas is in its music and culture.
16:52 – The importance of giving yourself time to think.
21:43 – Children and being able to say ‘no’ to them.
27:35 – The difficulty of picking a side in politics.
36:20 – The importance of voting and making your voice heard, but the problems in the recent protests and riots.
44:22 – Why you should allow people to misspeak and make mistakes.
51:50 – The strong sense of Mexican culture that’s within Texas.
55:13 – How to connect with Rich online.