She's Gone Country: It has been a really busy and successful few months for you, what are you most looking forward to this year?
BW: Getting back in front of the fans! We are going coast-to-coast this summer and I can’t wait!
SGC: Was there a pivotal moment when you knew that you were going to focus on being a musician professionally?
BW: There are so many of those moments along the way, but I would say the first moment happened when I heard “I’m Over You” by Keith Whitley. I had never heard a song that you could “feel” like that one. That was probably the first pull towards this crazy business.
SGC: What is it about country music that really speaks to you?
BW: SONGS! I love what they can bring to a day; that they can be there for the party, or for the tears. The song-writing in country music is really what makes it country music to me. There is a lot of talk about what “is” and “isn’t” country these days, but if the lyric is cool, I think that’s the true test.
SGC: What influences your song-writing the most? What inspires you?
BW: Everyday life. It’s amazing how universal much of what happens to us all is.
SGC: You are playing a lot of big festivals around the country, what are you most looking forward to at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival and hitting up the east coast?
BW: There is something VERY special about playing music on the East Coast, and I hear that Cavendish is that and more! I am extremely excited to experience it firsthand.
SGC: How does playing a big festival show like Cavendish Beach Music Fest, differ from playing your own shows?
BW: Festivals have such a special vibe, it’s hard to explain. The crowds are so loud and interactive that it’s likely more fun for us than them!
SGC: How does it feel to have such a supportive and thriving country music scene in Canada?
BW: Canadian Country music scene is so strong right now, and it makes it so much easier for artists to grow. I am thankful for the diversity and talent we have here - it drives us all to be better.
SGC: What advice would you give to musicians considering pursuing a career professionally?
BW: The one common thread I see with the successful people in any industry, and especially in the music industry, is people willing to do the work! I don’t know a single artist that is just “lucky” to be there. It’s practice, sweat and never giving up…
SGC: You are quite active on social media and regularly reply to fans on Twitter. How important is social media as a tool to connect with your fans?
BW: I really enjoy social media for that reason. Anytime we get to talk with the fans is time well spent.
SGC: Is there an artist that you would have loved to get a Tweet from when you were a kid?
BW: Garth Brooks would have been (would still be) cool!
SGC: What's on your iPod? Who have you been listening to lately that you think people should check out?
BW: I love the new John Pardi record. It’s a throwback in a lot of ways and very fresh sounding.
SGC: Is there something that you are obsessed with or addicted to right now? (an app? TV Show? Band? Food? Song? Activity?)
BW: I am hooked on Modern Family and House of Cards these days. Both are so well-written.
SGC: What would you say has been one of the coolest moments/highlights in your career that really made you realize you had chosen the right path for yourself?
BW: So many things along the way, we have been lucky to do some pretty cool stuff. I would say anytime we get in front of a crowd and they are singing along is always my favorite of all the “moments”.
SGC: What can people expect from you next?
BW: We have new music coming soon! We like to surprise folks and I am confident the new stuff will do that again.
SGC: And last but not least, is there a question that you have always wanted to be asked, maybe rehearsed your answer in the mirror, and no one has ever asked it? Here's your big chance!
BW: Should socks be allowed with sandals even if you’re a Canadian….The answer of course is NO (this one’s for you Dad).