The Rider: Curtis Grimes

The first of a new series of features, Texan country singer Curtis Grimes tells us about life on the road.

Where’s your favourite place to tour?

I can't name a favorite, I just enjoy the opportunity to travel and see new parts of the world while getting paid to do it!

What’s your favourite song to play live?

My latest single, 'Born to Die'

What’s your worst gig?

Anything that requires hauling road cases up stairs.

Where do you want to play that you haven’t had the chance so far?

Ireland, I feel like our traditional country sound and heavy fiddle influence would connect well there.

Where have you experienced the most lavish backstage area?

On the big arena tour date we did with Kenny Chesney during his Poets & Pirates tour.

And where’s been the worst?

We play plenty of gigs where the only "band area" is the floor level corner of the bar we set up on.

What’s the most diva behaviour you’ve encountered when playing shows?

During The Voice we had some characters that thought they were divas.

You’ve got some wonderfully American sounding venues on your upcoming tour (Redneck Country Club in Stafford Tx, Thirsty Horse Saloon in San Antonio), how would you describe those venues to a Brit?

A honky-tonk bar on steroids, with the financial backing to go all out on staging and lighting and bring a quality show to a live environment. The Redneck Country Club is also a higher-end social club setting that does a lot for the community as well.

Would you choose solo acoustic or full band? And why?

I enjoy aspects of both, the full-band shows and so much more energetic and entertaining while I get a lot more flexibility and intimacy with the acoustic ones. 

What’s on your rider?

Pretty simple. Hotel rooms, food, water and Red Bull are a must, everything else is a luxury.

What would be on your rider if you could demand anything?

Access to a premium workout facility accompanied by a full-body massage.

Plug your live show. Why should we come see you play?

Most importantly we have fun and hope that translates to the audience. We play A LOT of dancing songs and try to engage with the crowd as much as possible. I want everyone that leaves to tell their friends how much they enjoyed it and bring them to the next show.

If you want to catch Curtis on tour he's currently playing across Texas, with the rest of the US later in the year and the UK's Buckle & Boots Festival in June. For details of his dates visit his website, to see what he's up to follow him on Twitterlike his Facebook, or see him on Instagram.

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