Country singer/songwriter J.D. Souther sat with Nashville Chapter for this interview in 2014. Discussing his role as Watty White on the television series "Nashville," which began in 2012, Souther shared his patient approach to the long waits in between doing several takes to get the shot. He had nothing but praise for the team working on the show, including friends such as Steve Buchanan and T Bone Burnett. "It's really like a big warm-and-fuzzy family," he said, "but it's chopped up into these little bits of acting like all film is." He also praised his city's efforts to ensure that Nashville remains a "film-friendly environment."
Country singer/songwriter J.D. Souther sat with Nashville Chapter for this interview in 2014. He learned of his 2013 induction to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame when he received a phone call from Paul Williams on the set of Souther's TV show "Nashville" as he was about to go into rehearsal. "That's really cool," Souther told Williams but asked, "You'd better call me back and tell me this again because I'm not sure this is sinking in."
Country singer/songwriter J.D. Souther sat with Nashville Chapter for this interview in 2014. He co-wrote a song with Red Steagall that got cut, like possibly the second song he ever wrote and his first country song, and Souther got to hear it on the radio. "Then no one cut the next 100 songs because they weren't very good," he said, having since gone on to classics, such as his co-write on Eagles' "Best Of My Love." "Obviously as you get deeper into music, you go through phases where you want more technique and more complication, and you learn new things," said Souther, "and then there are times when you really want to come back to the bone and write simpler things." He also believes, "There's a lot of adventure to songwriting," and that "When there is adventure combined with real soul, real heart and something that resonates with other people, that is its peak, that is its finest."
Country singer/songwriter J.D. Souther sat with Nashville Chapter for this interview in 2014. His first solo album John David Souther was released in 1972. "I think that year there were about 2,500 albums released," he said. "In 2010 there were 115,000 albums released, now that's dispersal … it's like it's all hydrogen … or dark matter." He also believes going the radio route "takes money," and so he's glad that social media and internet music platforms have "democratized media" making it easier for artists to reach fans, especially streaming. "It's such a broad field with so many points in it," said Souther.