Charles Wesley Godwin — Americana Highways’ Key to the Highway series
Fans always clamor to learn more about their favorite, most beloved musicians and those who travel with them. There’s such an allure to the road, with its serendipity, inevitable surprises, and sometimes unexpected discomforts. This interview series is a set of questions we are asking some of our favorite roots rock Americana artists to get to know more about them and what they’ve learned and experienced on the road. We are sure they have key insights to share and stories to tell. Here’s one from Charles Wesley Godwin.
Americana Highways: How do you like your coffee or other morning wake-up beverage?
Charles Wesley Godwin: I like my coffee with just a little bit of creamer. I pretty much drink coffee nonstop until noon too. I may have a problem.
AH: What’s the most interesting or strangest motel/hotel or place you have stayed (while on the road?)
CWG: I stayed in a Rock and Roll themed Scandic Hotel in some town in Norway. It was pretty cool! They had guitars on the walls spaced out all over the hotel.
AH: If one CD is stuck in the player in the van for the entire tour, what do you hope it is? And why?
CWG: Right now, I hope it would be The Horses And The Hounds by James McMurtry because it’s awesome!
AH: What’s one personal item you must have with you on your road trip?
CWG: I keep a dvd of Crazy Heart in my backpack always. I’ve had that with me every time I’ve been on the road since 2016. I absolutely love that movie.
AH: What is your relationship with food? How do you handle this on the road, and what’s your favorite dish on the road, (or restaurant, and what do you order there)?
CWG: I love food and I run a lot so that I can eat what I like! My favorite road meal is a ribeye steak, baked potato and vegetables.
AH: If you could pause your life for a few weeks and spend some time living in a place you only have passed through, which would you choose, and why?
CWG: I would choose the first few weeks after my son was born. I’m a big fan of the newborn stage. He’d just sleep in my arms all day and I could nap too. I didn’t feel guilty about ignoring my phone either.
AH: What quote or piece of advice have you gotten from someone on the road that has really stuck with you? Ward Davis once told me to never leave my wallet in the greenroom. I follow that and I think that’ll keep me from having a real bad night someday.
Find all things Charles Wesley Godwin here: http://www.charleswgodwin.com
See other Key to the Highway interviews here: https://americanahighways.org/category/interviews/key-to-the-highway-series/
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