This week we talk to Canadian Singer and Songwriter Will Ardell, who was chatting to Rod last Saturday lunchtime…

Who inspired you to go into the world of music?

That’s a tough one ha ha, I always loved writing and telling stories, and I think hearing some of the old country legends when I was growing up, would have been my biggest influence in becoming an artist

What made you choose Country music?

I don’t know if i necessarily made a conscious choice to pursue country music,  I guess for me it is a genre that has been bred into me, as I grew up, and continue to work and live in the environments that would pertain to the style of music…which is the honest, real and raw songs of our lives.

At what age did you want to become a singer?

I didn’t began till my later twenties, but I had always sang in church growing up…my mother was in choir in her younger days, and used to sing quite often I remember.   I never have thought of myself as a singer, more so as an artist who likes to tell stories, and singing is part of that ha ha

What is on your iPod’s most played list?

Believe it or not, I don’t own one ha ha, but I’m a huge fan of Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson, Chris Stapleton, Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Towns van Zandt and Ryan Bingham… to name a few

What was the first record you ever bought?

Guns and Roses – Appetite For Destruction

And the latest?

Chris Stapleton – Traveller

If you could play any instrument, what would it be?

I play a mediocre guitar ha ha, but I’d love to learn the piano

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

My ovation acoustic guitar, ha ha

Do you prefer “Classic” Country or “New” Country?

Although I listen to a lot of the old style singer/songwriters, there is a lot of contemporary country that is phenomenally written and produced, by artists that truly care about the music and the art… my hat’s off to them.

Do you have any superstitions or routines that you do before you perform?

Not really no…Although I do like to have a short time of just relaxing to get mentally prepared before we go on stage.

If you could work with anybody, who would you choose to collaborate with and why?

Jamey Johnson. His albums have really influenced me as a writer.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully still being able to do what I love for folks that appreciate it.