An Interview with Will Banister: From London to American Television

Jan 29, 2013 by

turn_back_timeMichael F. Shaughnessy –

1) Will, you recently appeared in London at Wembeley Stadium…..could you just reflect back on that experience now?

My first trip to London was a great experience. It’s still hard to believe that people all the way over there love country music. All the new fans made me feel so welcome and it was nice meeting and visiting with all of them.

2) I understand you are about to be taped for a television show….how many songs will you perform, and what channel will this be on?

That’s right ! We just did the taping for The Penny Gilley Show on RFDTV. We are taping 4 songs, enough for 2 episodes.

3) What was it like to be on television- was this your first time?

This actually is not my first time on television, but I haven’t done it too much. It’s very exciting to think I’m going to be on TV. I think it is a great opportunity to expand my fan base here in the U.S.A.

4) For our readers who may be unfamiliar with your band- can you provide the line up and say a few words about your band?

First, there is Johnny Mulhair, who is the best guitar player I’ve ever seen. His wife Jill, is not only a great bass player and singer, but her and Johnny are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. David Strong who lives up in Frisco, Texas has been drumming with Johnny and Jill off and on since the 1980’s and is the best there is. Paul Goad is a phenomenal piano player and he’s from Amarillo, Texas. Gary Beevers has played Steel Guitar for legends such as Charley Pride, and Barbara Mandrell while being stationed in Germany in the 1960’s. And Chek Rippee who will appear on the Penny Gilley Show with us is a great fiddle player who lived up in Nashville for a while and has played all around the country.

5) Now musically, could you tell us a bit about your roots and some of the stars that you have performed with?

Well, I grew up listening to all the country greats. George Jones, George Strait, Marty Robbins, and Gene Watson, but Hank Williams and Merle Haggard are my biggest influences. I’ve had the privilege to open for the Oak Ridge Boys, Mark Chesnutt, Lonestar, Reba, Chubby Checker, Ricky Skaggs and Asleep at the Wheel. I’m very excited to be doing a few shows in the U.K. with Gene Watson come October this year.

6) How much rehearsal went into preparing for this live television event?

Well, we worked hard on that for a couple months. We do all those songs quite a bit but we tried to perfect them.

7) How did you first get involved in this television event?

The reason we were invited to be a part of the Penny Gilley Show is because of a woman named Cheri Christensen. She manages the Palace Theatre there in Grapevine TX (where the taping took place) and they have a country music variety show they put on every Saturday night. I had performed there a few times and Cheri recommended me to Penny Gilley.

8) Do you have a web site and what would your fans find there?

I do have a website ! It is www.willbanister.com. The website contains tour dates, news, and links to places to purchase our music.

9) What have I neglected to ask?

I think you pretty much covered everything! Thanks for the your interest and the interview!

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