We recommend checking out the recent audio interview we released with Ohio-based singer-songwriter Rick Lee James, where he talks more in-depth about his musical aspirations and his new project Thunder (see Ep.20 of Green Room Door). The album is Rick’s career-to-date best album, with speak-to-the-heart lyrics and a production ambiance helmed by Chris Hoisington at Old Bear Studios. It’s great to see music critics saying good things too – like this review at New Release Today: “Rick Lee James has crafted a unique worship project that clears out a lot of the ‘corporate worship’ trappings for a more personal and intimate praise collection.” Thunder is available right now on iTunes and on Spotify. We recently talked to Rick and decided that instead of rehashing the same conversation we had on Green Room Door, we’d do something a bit different – 30 rapid-fire questions so that we can get to know Rick a bit more.
SUPER HERO (Not named Superman): The Amazing Spider-Man
HEALTHY SNACK: Fruits and Nuts
NON-HEALTHY (SPLURGE) SNACK: Tiramisu
FIRST COMPACT DISC YOU BOUGHT: This is so hard to remember. I think it was ZZ TOP’s Greatest Hits
STARBUCKS MENU ITEM: Blonde Roast Coffee
FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Judges 3:22 – “Even the handle sank in after the blade, and his bowels discharged. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it.” (It’s hard to beat a Bible verse that has a fat joke, an assassination, and a guy pooping himself all in one verse.)
BIGGEST FEAR: Snakes
TOPPINGS ON PIZZA: Pepperoni, Sausage, Mushroom, Green Peppers, Roasted Red Peppers.
MOVIE OF THE LAST 5 YEARS: Calvary
MOVIE OF THE 1990s: The Shawshank Redemption
FAVORITE CLASSIC HYMN: At the moment, “And Can It Be”
FARTHEST PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELLED: Nairobi, Africa
YOUR MODEL OF CELL PHONE: iPhone something or other
GO-TO DATE NIGHT WITH WIFE: Dinner and a movie
BEST CONCERT YOU’VE ATTENDED: The Swell Season (Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová right after the movie “Once” came out)
BEST CONCERT YOU’VE PLAYED: I really enjoyed the Thunder release concert at the John Legend Theater last month. Wonderful crowd, great sound, the lighting was perfect. It was just a magical evening with so many friends, family, and listeners from near and far who came out to celebrate the album release.
FIRST CAR YOU OWNED: Dodge Omni
POUNDS YOU’VE LOST OVER LAST 5 YEARS: About 50 pounds.
FAVORITE FRED ROGERS QUOTE: “From the time you were very little, you’ve had people who have smiled you into smiling, people who have talked you into talking, sung you into singing, loved you into loving. So, on this extra special day, let’s take some time to think of those extra special people.”
BEST BEATLES SONG: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
GO-TO CHIPOTLE ORDER: Salad bowl with fajitas, beef, and guacamole
BEST GEOMETRIC SHAPE: Superman’s Pentagon chest shield
SUPER POWER YOU DREAMED OF HAVING: Flying
ALBUM OF THE LAST 5 YEARS: Jason Isbell’s album Southeastern. That might have actually been six years ago but it is such a great record. Andrew Peterson’s Resurrection Letters Vol. 1 is definitely up there as well.
ALBUM OF THE 1990s: Mark O’ Connor and the New Nashville Cats – I’ve never heard an album with more amazing session musicians in one place. Most of them are behind the scenes and most people don’t even know their names, but man do they play their hearts out on the album.
APP YOU HIGHLY RECOMMEND: Pocketcasts
BOOK YOU’VE RECENTLY ENJOYED: Courage, Dear Heart by Rebecca Reynolds – Absolutely a transformational book. I wish every Christian would read it.
YOUR MONEY-SAVING ADVICE: Be an independent artist and you will never spend any money…because you likely won’t have any.
FAST FOOD RESTAURANT: Chick-Fil-A
MESSAGE TO YOURSELF AT AGE 20: Try hard to meet Fred Rogers before he passes away.