11 Questions With Jack Ingram
Jack Ingram unleashes his 'Big Dreams and High Hopes' on Tuesday (Aug. 25). On the strength of his runaway hit single, 'Barefoot and Crazy,' it's poised to be the most successful album of his 16+ year career. After The Boot sat down with Jack to talk about the new project, we decided to let our interview get a little 'crazy,' asking the charming Texan a slew of random questions ranging from his celebrity crush to the reason he says Brad Paisley should watch his back.
What celebrity would you not want to be right now?
I probably would not want to be Hannah Montana right now ... Or Miley Cyrus. Whichever one's the real one. [laughs]
If you had to be on a reality show, which one would you choose?
In some strange fantasy, I wouldn't mind being on a 'Rock of Love' tour bus, just so long as I didn't have to live with the consequences of it! But I wonder where he [Bret Michaels] rents those buses, because I think we rent from the same company ... and mine doesn't come standard with a stripper pole!
Have you ever been mistaken for another celebrity?
I was in Hartford, Ct., and these two girl baggage handlers came running down the jetway, freaking out [saying] 'Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!' I had just played a show and I was in my gig clothes from the night before. I was kind of puffing up like, 'Yeah, that's right.' [laughs] And they go, 'You're ... you're ...' I'm getting ready to say, 'Yes, I am,' and they go, 'You're the guitar player in that band!' They thought I was Joe Don Rooney from Rascal Flatts. And I was like, 'Yep, that's me. Want me to sign anything for you?' I signed "Joe Don" on their stuff and went about my business!
What was the best tour prank that's ever been played on you?
[Brad] Paisley putting me in a cage! He had his crew make a cage made out of PVC pipe, and they put me in it. I had to go in by choice, because he had all of his truck drivers and crew standing around me as he asked if I would like to get in this cage. I said, 'Why yes, Brad, I would. You little punk!' So I got in, and he rolled me out on stage as the radio interviewer was going, 'Ladies and gentlemen ...' It was right in front of 10,000 people at the least ... I'm going to get you, Brad Paisley, you sorry son of a b-----! [laughs]
What's the last album you bought?
I went back and bought [Michael Jackson's] 'Thriller,' like probably a million other people did. I just can't get over how great it is.
You're very active on Twitter. Have you ever gotten in trouble for something you've 'tweeted'?
[My wife] Amy looks at me sideways sometimes ... not really about anything stupid that I've written on Twitter, but more about information that she doesn't know about. [imitating Amy] 'You tell people from Twitter more than you tell me! What's deal?' It's like, 'Honey, get on and follow me!'
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What's the dumbest question you've been asked in an interview?
'How'd you get started?' I know that it's a natural thing to want to know, but it's usually right there in somebody's hand. You can read how I got started, let's move on ... I picked up a guitar and went to the bar, now let's go from there.
Who was your celebrity crush as a kid?
I had a big crush on Belinda Carlisle when she put out her solo record. She reminded me of my girlfriend at the time. I was dating a pretty hot girl! Have you had any crazy fan encounters?
Have you had any crazy fan encounters?
I don't get much crazy ... I've had a girl [who's] a big fan, and I'm a fan of hers, too. I played in Providence, R.I., one night on a Tuesday, and on Thursday I was playing in Corpus Christi [Texas], which is a long way. I finished the show in Providence, and she waited in line until the very end so she could have some quality time to talk ... I flew to Corpus Christi at what I felt like was a pretty hectic pace, and I showed up at the gate in Corpus and she was there! She had driven, by herself, all the way in less than 48 hours. It was pretty crazy ... in a good way! What are your kids' (Ava, Hudson and Eli) favorite songs of Dad's?
What's the one song you wish you'd written?
'Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.'
That's not applicable! [laughs] I don't think they listen to me. Their favorite song is 'He Could Be the One,' by Hannah Montana. I think Ava really does like 'Goodnight, Moon,' but she won't ever let me play it for her. I think some day she's going to like 'Ava Adele,' but she raised her hand on 'Barbie Doll' and said that song was about her. I had to kind of go, 'Okay, for now that's cool ... but we'll talk about it later, honey!' And 'Barefoot and Crazy' is Hudson's favorite song. He wants me to play it all the time, and then they forget about it and they scream for me to put on Taylor Swift!
What are your kids' (Ava, Hudson and Eli) favorite songs of Dad's?