“The fans that have this record have all been extremely supportive and told me how much they love it and that it’s the best record I’ve made in so many years.” years… There’s a lot less reverb, the drums sound better, like there’s a lot sonically that you take advantage of. I don’t want to recreate, I want to create something new, but I also don’t want to reinvent the wheel where my fans will buy a record and go ‘what the hell did she do?’ I think it’s important to please myself but at the same time not alienate my core fan base that has been with me and so loyal for so many years. Giving them something that I think is a really amped up, quality, version of what I was doing twenty years ago, a more mainstream… or a more up-to-date version. As long as I feel like I’m growing creatively and I’m not repeating myself doing the same thing over and over again I am pleased. Scratching my creative itch. The fans that have this record have all been extremely supportive and told me how much they love it and that it’s the best record I’ve made in so many years. That makes all the work worth it right there. I have been getting some airplay in Canada with this record, which is great. It’s not something that I get upset if I don’t anymore, because it’s just at that point in my career where I know they may play something at some stations, they may not play it at others. It’s just the way it is. There are a lot of new artists out there and so I don’t always expect to be at the forefront. It’s nice when it happens.” 16 cmp - MARCH 2019 Still, with her own award-nominated radio show you’d think Terri Clark could just play her own records. She laughs, “Actually, the songlist is generated by somebody else but my songs often appear on the songlist. I usually don’t ‘front sell’ myself but sometimes we have guests on that have a story that they share about me, or they toured with me years ago… and that’s a good way to get in and out of my songs. It’s called Country Gold With Terri Clark, it’s a Westwood One program, it’s on over 150 stations and syndication across the US, and it’s on for four hours every weekend and it’s been nominated for ACMs and CMAs for ‘On-air Personality’ which is thrilling for me because I got nominated as an artist for those awards and never walked away with one so to even be in the running to possibly get one is very full circle and really cool. It was always a childhood dream to have one of those on my mantle and I don’t yet, but maybe I’ll get another shot at it.” Not only has Terri Clark probably made the best record of her career with her latest, she is even more relevant than she ever was. Let’s hear it for the girls! cmp Terri Clark: Raising The Bar is available now.