Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, June 22, 1998

Winstock interview: Michael Peterson

By RYAN GUENINGSMAN

Well, Winstock '98 has passed us by for another year. Everyone that I know or met had a great time (except for Friday afternoon's rain).

At the show, I was able to interview Michael Peterson. Here's what he had to say.


Ryan Gueningsman: What do you want people to know about the real Michael Peterson?

Michael Peterson: Well, I'm very transparent. What you see is what you get. I like to have fun and am very emotionally moved.

R.G.: Who do you consider being a major influence in your life and in your music?

M.P.: Several major influences. One would have to be my grandmother; she introduced me to music. Another one would be F. Westering, my college football coach. Musically, I'd have to say Willie Nelson, Keith Whitley, Roger Miller, Garth Brooks, and Travis Tritt.

R.G.: In college, you had to make a major decision between football and music. What influenced you to choose as you did?

M.P.: Actually, I did a lot of praying about it. I feel I made the right decision because here I met my connection to music. There is a verse in the Bible that says "Trust in the Lord" and I live by that.

R.G.: Now that you have become a nationally known name, how do you deal with being on the road so much?

M.P.: I feel guarded in some situations. I feel I need to give all my energy to the media and performing. I need to be creative, considerate to the fans, and I need to adjust to having a smaller amount of friends.

R.G.: Right before you go on stage or are performing for a show, how do you feel, what are you thinking?

M.P.: I'm feeling worked up, the more relaxed I am, the better I do. Minnie Pearl once said, "Love people and they will love you back."

R.G.: What are some of your hobbies or things you do while not on the road?

M.P.: I like to work out, read biographies. Johnny Cash just wrote a book and I'd love to read that. I also like to go to movies, write, and, of course, music.

R.G.: How do you feel if people come up to you in a restaurant or movie theater and ask you for an autograph or picture?

M.P.: It's actually kind of flattering. Sometimes I just want to blend in or be another face in the crowd.

R.G.: What are some of your favorite songs?

M.P.: Man, there are so many, I don't want to leave any out. I like "Something That We Do" by Clint Black, "Broken Wing" by Martina McBride, and "Where Corn Don't Grow" by Travis Tritt.

R.G.: What are some future plans for your career?

M.P.: Another album in spring, I'd like to stay in music for the rest of my life. I also want to write and record great songs.

After a few more questions and a couple pictures, I wished him luck in his music and said, "Thanks." Michael put on a great show, as well as everyone else who performed.

One thing I noticed is that most of the artists didn't sing all their own work. Personally, I would have liked to hear more of their original music, but everyone still put on a great show.


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