Country Jam All Access Pass: James Otto

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

MACK, Colo. (KKCO) - Country Jam performer James Otto took some time to chat with 11 News about his new album, what it's like being a new dad, and life on one of the "tallest" country tours around.

KKCO: So we were discussing when I was shaking hands with you, you've got to be one of the tallest guys I have ever met. You and Trace Adkins were on the same tour. Was that the most giant, tall guy tour ever?

James Otto: You know last year, it was Trace, myself, and Toby Keith and I was calling it the "Our Tour Can Kick Your Tour's Ass Tour" because everyone is 6 foot 4 and up. When Toby Keith is the smallest guy on tour, you know it's a bunch of big dudes.

KKCO: You guys would probably make a good basketball team.

James Otto: Maybe, but we're all white, so probably not.

KKCO: You're back in the studio working on the next album. What can you tell us about that?

James Otto: I'm always writing, always recording. I'm working on several different projects. I've been working with some other artists as well, writing for their records and basically putting a new album together of the same kind of thing I've been doing, country soul music, and kind of doing a continuation of the "Shake What God Gave Ya" record which is out right now.

KKCO: Last month, some pretty big accolades for you. Kix Brooks named you as his featured artist for May. What was that like?

James Otto: Man, that was super cool. I've been on tour with Brooks and Dunn as well and had a great time out there on the road with those guys. Sitting down with him is like sitting down with a friend. He can get a lot out of me and probably I'll say more than I would normally because we've got a relationship.

KKCO: You and your wife just had a new baby last year. What's the toughest part about being dad and is it harder to be a dad or write a hit song?

James Otto: It's definitely harder being a dad. Writing a hit song is rewarding, but not nearly as rewarding as being a dad. I can honestly say that it's the best thing that's ever happened to me. Those of you out there that have children know they're hard work but they're also amazing. Nobody loves you like they do.

Otto's current album "Shake What God Gave Ya" is available in stores and on iTunes.

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