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Interview with Rob Kirkham and Neon Rain

Ch.L.: Country Music has many new fans in Europe, who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who’se never seen or heard you before.

Rob Kirkham: We are a New Country act, alot of our influences come from artists like Kieth Urban, Dereks Bentley and Garth Brooks. But rest assured we have our own unique sound that will make you want to jump out of your seat and dance!

Ch.L.: How was the last year for you? What were the highlights?

Rob Kirkham: Rob Kirkham and Neon Rain have had a great 2010. Along with touring Ontario, Canada We have had continued airplay in Europe and New Zealand. We are headlining the International Ploughing match in September 2010 which will boast over 100,000 people.

Ch.L.: What’s your latest CD and how’s it doing?

Rob Kirkham: Our next c.d titled The Seven Year Icth will be released to radio in a few weeks, The release of this c.d comes along with one long year of hard work and dedication from our team. I’m very excited about it conception!!

Ch.L.: How did you choose the title for the CD, is there a story behind it?

Rob Kirkham: The seven Year itch refers to us deciding to start or a new path for our careers. In the seventh year of Neon Rain being together we decided to become original artists, start writing, recording and touring with larger venues.

Ch.L.: Do you write the songs yourself and if not, how do you go about finding the songs for the your CD?

Rob Kirkham: I am fortunate to have a great team of writers, They have a real love for country music and it shows in there songs.

Ch.L.: Please tell us about the songs on your album.

Rob Kirkham: The Songs that we chose for this next c.d kept a traditional flavour with a new country twist, I’m very excited for the listener and I’m sure you will enjoy.

Ch.L.: What’s the difference between your last CD and the current one?

Rob Kirkham: The Seven Year Itch has such a new fresh feeling to it, Our first c.d has had much success with radio but I believe this one our fans around the world will enjoy.

Ch.L.: Your current single is being played by radio. What do you thing is specail about this song that makes people what to hear it?

Rob Kirkham: One of our songs off our first c.d called How Am I Gonna Stay Sober was played in many countries, I think people can relate to it because of there admiration of George Jones. its a great song with a real traditional feel and n interesting twist.

Ch.L.: What will your next single be?

Rob Kirkham: Hiding in the back seat, writen by Peter Sisk (bass player for the good brothers)

Ch.L.: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Rob Kirkham: I prefer to record ballads but I would have to say “To be together forever” writen by Tom Forsyth-Ottawa has a big Johnny Cash feel, its fun, light hearted and would have to be my favorate recording.

Ch.L.: How much creative control do you have over your music?

Rob Kirkham: I am a singer, I know how to entertain I don’t know alot about writing or producing so I would have to say that as long as I trust my producer I feel fine about letting the smart people do what they do best.

Ch.L.: Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Rob Kirkham: Our fans are the best! We have fans that will follow us 7 and 8 hours away to see us play, the fans that surprise me the most are the ones we have never met and will still travel to see us.

Ch.L.: Who do you look up musiccally and how deep do your musical roots run?

Rob Kirkham: When I first started in the business my influences were artist like Garth Brooks and Keith Urban. Now that I’ve matured a bit I look up to my own team for inspiration. I have a great team of band members, writers and macanical who needs any more influencing than that?

My musical roots run pretty shalow. I don’t have pone family member that has ever played an instrument or sang. I am a first generation musician in my family.

Ch.L.: In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between „traditional“ and „new“ country music?

Rob Kirkham: The biggest would be how technical the producers have aranged them. Coming from a cover band to an original I’m thankful my producer can do the same.

Ch.L.: If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Rob Kirkham: A and R people should not be concerned about the product, but about the talent.

Ch.L.: As an artist you have to do so many different things such as recording, touring, doing interviews etc. What do you like best, what’s your favorite activity?

Rob Kirkham: When your standing in front of a full house and there on there feet giving you a second encore, every problem in the world can go away then.

Ch.L.: Are you doing anything to take country music beyond it’s courrent borders or are you happy where it is?

Rob Kirkham: I think country music as a whole could use an uprising, not enough attention is paid to Indie bands.

Ch.L.: What was your big break that got you into the music business?

Rob Kirkham: I used to go 3-4 times per week to a kareoke bar In Ontario Canada where my guitar player (Kenny Ef) and I met. He put me under his wing and we started Neon Rain

Ch.L.: What drives you?

Rob Kirkham: The crowd!

Ch.L.: What does it take to be a country artist?

Rob Kirkham: Work hard, work smart, find good people to surround yourself with and NEVER give up!

Ch.L.: What’s unique about you that differentiates you from other artists?

Rob Kirkham: I try to give my audence what they want, what they deserve. They take time out of there lives and spend there hard earned money to see us so the least thing I can do is play as hard as I can on stage and just be human when I’m with them face to face, not hard to figure out.

Ch.L.: When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Rob Kirkham:I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, I love the beach and lots of sleep which doesnt happen very offten.

Ch.L.: What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Rob Kirkham: A roller coaster of emotions, I’ll make you cry, laugh and jump out of your seat to scream

Ch.L.: Many music fans today get their information about artists via the internet. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Rob Kirkham: we are having a new site developed as we speak, you can find as at

Ch.L.: What’s the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

Rob Kirkham: “you look like Kenny Chesney”

Ch.L.. What message would you like to send your European fans?

Rob Kirkham: Thank you for all your support and keep thoses calls going out to radio, request Rob kirkham and Neon Rain

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