I had the opportunity to do an e-mail interview with up and coming singer Maggie Baugh. Maggie may be young but she has a killer voice! With recent releases on her CD Heck of A Story she shows you her vocal talent on these seven original songs featuring title track Heck of a Story along with others like Tears Next Door and Typical Cowboy. Maggie currently plays around 80 gigs while also attending high school. Here's how the interview went!
1. You play the guitar, violin, fiddle, and ganjo, how did you first get attracted to these instruments and music in general?
Well, I started on the violin when I was six. I actually asked when I was two, but my parents thought that was crazy! So, I asked again when I was six, and my preschool had violin lessons so I joined. As for the fiddle, I only started playing fiddle music a couple of years ago. What's he difference between the violin and the fiddle, a lot of people end up asking me. There are actually two answers, a fiddle has a smaller bridge so you can play double stops, or two strings at once. Also a violin has strings and a fiddle has strangs... LOL :) Anyways, I picked up singing and songwriting and guitar playing only about three and a half years ago. I love playing guitar thanks to my Taylor Guitar 524ce!
2. Tell me about some of the shows you have played and some of your favorite show stories.
Well, I played all over the place and I love it :) My favorite show had to be the cruise I think! Last year I played on the Country Cruising' and I got to play with Neal McCoy only with Craig Morgans fiddle player which was so awesome! This year i am officially an artist! This means I'm performing all over the boat, both fiddle and guitar. One week of country music!
3. What is your favorite song you've written and what's the story behind it/what inspired you to write it?
I think to this day I have two favorite sons I have written. "Midnight Muddin'" I wrote with Keith Ridenour and "Heck of a Story", which is the title track off my album, I wrote with Jon Coleman who I actually met on the cruise. Midnight Muddin' was inspired by Sawgrass Ford. They took me mudding at Midnight which was so awesome! It was my very first time mudding so they took me out in the big monster truck! After I wrote the song for them, they sponsored the music video and brought all the trucks and ATV's out for the video (Linked below!) Heck of a Story I wrote up in Nashville with Jon. That song was supposed to be about someone you haven't seen in a while and how you miss them along with the fact you would do anything and go anywhere with them. It's also about the fact that you don't need money to make you happy, all you need is that special someone.
4. What is a bucket list item for your music career that you would love to be able to cross off or have been able to cross off?
I actually have been fortunate enough to share the stage with the one and only Charlie Daniels. That was one of the things I was fortunate to cross off my bucket list!! I also got to meet the world famous classical violin player Itzhak Perlman. Both of these talented violinist signed my fiddle!!! They are one of the most inspirational violin players from both genres.
5. When looking at your bio it looks like you've opened up for a variety of artists, what's something you've learned from them that you will take into your own career?
I have learned that you have to appreciate your fans and make them as close to you as possible. You have to make them part of who you are and not who you want them to see. I want my fans to be part of my family and my musical journey.
6. Who were/are your musical inspirations growing up?
My inspirations growing up of course Charlie Daniels, but also Sara Evans. Her song Suds In the Bucket was the first country song I knew how to sing and play.
7. If you could record a duet or collaboration with any artist, who would you choose and why?
I would choose the Dixie Chicks. I LOVE THEM! Their music is so amazing and I think with their musicianship they could always use a fiddle player :) Also I would love to Wagon Wheel the fiddle part for Darius Rucker!
Thanks you so much Maggie for teaming up with me for my first ever interview! It was so much fun and I'm so glad I know about you and your music now!
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