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Interview with Kris Allen, a huge Braves fan

Kris Allen at the AT&T store June 24 in Alpharetta with fans. CREDIT: Rick Limpert

Kris Allen at the AT&T store June 24 in Alpharetta with fans. CREDIT: Rick Limpert

I’ve always liked Kris Allen. Solid musician, nice guy, perfectly deserving of the “Idol” crown. Scintillating? No. Controversial? Not in the least. Witty? Not especially. Relatable? Absolutely. He has no aggrandized ego or sense of self – just an Arkansas boy made good. Even during a quick interview with me by phone a few moments ago, he never sounds bored. He truly makes an effort to be engaged and answer questions the best he can.

He called in from the Alpharetta AT&T store, where he is now signing autographs and kissing babies. (I”m 600 miles away in Alexandria, Va. and did a phoner.). I hope he gets a good crowd.

Anyway, here are excerpts from the interview:

Q: What did you do for your 25th birthday a few days ago?

A: We actually had a show in Albuquerque. It was real fun. We got a cake on stage, from Coldstone.

Q: They didn’t put 25 candles on the cake, did they?

A: It was like four, thank goodness.

Q: What was the coolest gift you got?

A: Some fans decided to donate money on my behalf to Heifer International [which provides cows to poor folks in undeveloped countries.] It’s been really awesome.  It went kind of crazy. They’ve raised more than $25,000 [equaling 50 cows.].

Q: What’s the connection to you?

A: It’s based in Arkansas.

Q: Any other goofy gifts from fans?

A: I’ve gotten some hot sauce. I don’t know why. That was weird. Also sour cream and onion crickets. Didn’t get that one either.

Q: On Twitter a few days back you wrote, “Thanks Nashville for a great show tonight! Did anyone eat the Wheat Thins?”

A: We were playing a show with Green River Ordinance and I came out and sang a song with them. I was eating Wheat Thins when I came out on stage and started throwing them into the audience.

Q: Are you hoping for an endorsement?

A: They did hear about it and are sending me more Wheat Thins.

[Pure aside: This reminds me of Sandy Duncan? Remember her?]

But here is the Green Ordinance/Kris Allen version of the Beatles “With a Little Help From My Friends” featuring the Wheat Thins:

Q: This is your first solo tour so you are playing a lot of covers. Why did you pick the ones you did?

A: Some are from the show. People dig those. They want to hear those. So there’s ‘Heartless’ of course. We did ‘Man in the Mirror.” We do “Falling Slowly” most nights. We also did Radiohead [the very dissonant "Paranoid Android"]. I have always loved that and the band got into it, too. We do it every once in awhile. It creeps some people out. It’s weird but some people love it, too.

Q: Would it be even weirder if you rapped?

A: I can rap in a very white boy way. But I’d never do it on a CD.

Q: Where are you off to after Atlanta today?

A: I’m heading to New York. I’m going to sing the National Anthem at the Mets game. Then I play Yankee Stadium.

Q: Are you a big baseball fan?

A: Yes! I grew up playing baseball. I’m a big Braves fan. It was TBS that did it. They were often the only baseball team to watch.

Q: Do you like Jason Heyward?

A: I love Heyward. And I think Martin Prado is the shiznit. [Yes. The word shiznit came out of Kris Allen's mouth! Funny!] Although the Mets are catching up and the Phillies are strong, the Braves have been really doing it.

Q: Are you happy with how “Live Like We’re Dying” is doing? Top 10 and 1.5 million downloads!

A: I couldn’t be any more surprised or ecstatic. It moved up slowly and steadily and did its thing. I can’t complain. It’s been awesome.

Q: Were people confused over the title of the song since Tim McGraw had a big hit a few years ago with “Live Like You Were Dying”?

A: People would say to me, ‘Why did you cover a Tim McGraw song?’ I’d say, “Have you hard my song? It’s not something Tim McGraw would sing!”

Q: Have you ever played the Tim McGraw song?

A: Once, we did start singing a bit of it during an acoustic show for fun.

Q: Why did you add Pat Monahan [of Train] to your second single “The Truth”?

A: Well, he wrote it. And there’s a little bit of marketing to that [thanks to the recent success of "Hey, Soul Sister."].

Q: Why did you latch on as an opener for Maroon 5? [He's going to be back in metro Atlanta next month at the Gwinnett Arena with Maroon 5.]

A: They asked! You can’t say no to that. They’re a huge band and that first album is one of my favorites. It’s freakin’ good! [Yes. He said "freakin'!" No cursing from this man!]

- Ellen DeGeneres has a book deal to write a memoir.

57 comments Add your comment

Rickster

June 24th, 2010
4:32 pm

Rickster

June 24th, 2010
4:34 pm

Cool! Great interview with Kris Allen, (you know, Kris, the guy who actually won?)

Comes across as a very grounded, down-to-earth guy.

Too bad he wasn’t at the AT&T store near Northlake. I’d have gone to see him!

JTesla

June 24th, 2010
4:43 pm

If Kris Allen can say “shiznit” can I?

Ellen with a memoir, well at least she is old enough to write one.

Thanks Rodney.

Rickster

June 24th, 2010
4:43 pm

Rosita, thanks for the explanation in the previous thread.

Harriett

June 24th, 2010
4:43 pm

Thanks, Rodney, for the interview. Kris is a nice kid. I was an Adam fan, but I wish the best for Kris. Time for me to head on out. I am having BLTs for my dinner, made with some of the home-grown tomatoes I got a few days ago. Mmmm. Bye for now.

Tarr

June 24th, 2010
4:56 pm

Good Interview. A&T store at North Point Mall is close to where I work but I can’t go to see him. Oh God, after work I have to drop my twin sister at her second job and pick up my oldest sister from where she work.

Rickster

June 24th, 2010
5:01 pm

Out of the office tomorrow, so I’ll see you guys on Monday.

Have a great weekend weekend everyone.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

June 24th, 2010
5:05 pm

Thanks from me too Rodney. Kris (whose name some of us couldn’t even REMEMBER until half way through the season, but who turned out okay in my book) seems like a genuinely nice guy.

To pull from last thread — AGT — agree …waaaay too many novelty acts. But I agree that the Glow in the Dark Gang, the kite kid with epilepsy, and a few other acts definitely ARE worth watching. I was sort of bummed when they DIDN’T put through the little girl with the dancers a week or so ago as being “too young, not seasoned enough” then put through some OTHER kids that frankly were not nearly as entertaining as she was. Meh. I do believe that many of the novelty acts they just put through to be filler for their “vegas week” eliminations. Last year really soured it for me — in the first place Nick-who-is-married-to-Mariah is NOT NOT NOT one of my fave people to watch; barely tolerable in my book. In the second place, how the HECK that tuneless country boy made it even to the finals, much less win, was just too weird for words, last season. In the third place, the limitations and restrictions (see harriett’s note) REALLY bother me. But yes. mmmmmmmmm Lawrence.

SYTYCD – i like the new format with the alumni — see what happens when someone with savvy like Nigel Lythgoe runs a show????? (are you LISTENING, AI???) i agree that sometimes the all-stars outshine the contestants. That was one reason i REALLY appreciated with Dominic did…he held back a bit in the dance with Lauren last night to let HER be the “star” of the performance. And how she got into that mindset i don’t know, but she sure was having trouble coming OUT of it!

and Jose — Jose, bollywood ain’t your thing, but kiddo, you’re one of the neatest contestants on ANY show I’ve ever seen, pure entertainment. and mmmmmmmmmmmmmm Robert! omg, i could become a cougar for THAT lad!!!! whew!!!

did i say that out loud???? noooooo way!

Now for the personal news. Just left the doc’s office. No gall bladder problems to be seen from all the tests. MAY be something to do with reflux or even an ulcer, i’ll go back to my primary doc and see what’s up. But i got a relatively clean bill of health so far. Thanks for all the prayers!

And Deirdre!!!! So glad to hear that your situation turned out so completely good!!!! scary, I know.

well, off to do some work…but wanted to let you guys know my thoughts and status.

hugs all around!!!

Highlander

June 24th, 2010
5:08 pm

From the headline, RH, I first thought you had interviewed 2 people: Kris Allen and some big guy who likes the Braves. Guess I was thinking a bit too literally! :wink:

I like Kris and I hope he continues to do well. Good interview and thanks for the accompanying videos!

It seems to me that, for Kris (as opposed to that other guy), it has been all “about the music.” …Well, and the Wheat Thins, evidently. :lol:

Siobhan zealot.

June 24th, 2010
5:37 pm

Thanks, Rodney, for interview and clips. I might actually warm up to Kris if I could understand a single word he’s singing.

Jackie

June 24th, 2010
5:53 pm

I love this interview! Kris really is such an awesome guy. Though i’d disagree and say that he is rather witty…have you seen his twitter? I wanna go see him in concert again!

Rachel

June 24th, 2010
6:02 pm

Thanks for a good interview, Rodney. Kris is an awesome live perfomer and musician. The videos do not do him justice. It’s fun to read the tweets from people at his concerts discovering him for the first time. His album grew on me until now I have it on repeat on my IPod.

Deirdre

June 24th, 2010
6:08 pm

linny, thanks for the update. Seems like they may have eliminated anything too serious. That always helps the mood.

Rodney, great Kris interview. Like the kid a lot. I like his singing and his laid back style. So completely opposite from his opponent on Idol that it was a refreshing and very interesting finale for season 8. Both so very talented and fun to listen to and for very different reasons.

Cinn

June 24th, 2010
6:38 pm

Great interview with Kris! Sorry you didn’t get to met him in person, phoners give him ear juice so he is much wittier in person, LOL!

JTesla

June 24th, 2010
6:44 pm

“phoners give him ear juice”

What the hell does that mean? Couldn’t you just say that Kris is the shiznit in person.

Rosita

June 24th, 2010
6:52 pm

Nice guy, nice interview.
JT, on the other thread I was wondering how you happened to become familiar with how gay male porn stars look. Still am . . .
Thanx, SZ, re NM, but I am OOC (out o’ cash)

Siobhan zealot.

June 24th, 2010
7:08 pm

Rosita – cash at N-M? Only cash they see there is when druglords come in to buy Bottega Venetta (sp?) bags for their girl friends!

Siobhan zealot.

June 24th, 2010
7:08 pm

Hope you had a good day in ATL, though -

Rosita

June 24th, 2010
7:10 pm

Lol SZ! I used to pay cash there for my Louboutins and Blahniks, but now I shop at Payless for Okabashi. . . . :-(

Deirdre, sent a good vibe to Maggie as I passed thru.

JTesla

June 24th, 2010
7:16 pm

Rosita, you come across all sorts of things while surfing the net… some good, some bad. Of course good and bad are determined by the viewer.

Marla

June 24th, 2010
7:17 pm

Great interview, Rodney, but I have to take exception when you say Kris is not witty. Just watch him throw out Wheat Thins. That’s funny. Also…once Kris really sits down and gets comfortable..he has a really dry wit. And when you see one of his shows…you’ll see it come out as well.

Other than that…great interview. Definitely is the winner. Definitely should be the winner. He’s awesome.

Rosita

June 24th, 2010
7:26 pm

Marla, as much as I love Adam, I have to agree w/you about Kris. He is wearing well.

Rosita

June 24th, 2010
7:27 pm

JT, I guess that would be Rule 34 in the Urban Dictionary again, huh?

JTesla

June 24th, 2010
7:27 pm

No, Rosita, that would be rule 37.

Deirdre

June 24th, 2010
8:13 pm

Throwing out Wheat Thins is more slapstick than wit.

Rosita, Maggie thanks you!

As far as Kris and Adam are concerned. I like them both, I’m satisfied with Kris as the winner. His style worked in his favor. But we were very fortunate to have had 2, maybe 3 exceptionally talented people in the top 4 and it made season 8 a winner for me.

kay

June 24th, 2010
8:42 pm

The fact that you have to keep reminding everyone that Kris won and deserved to win speaks volums. Judging by what the other guy has done, seems like more people like scintillating, controvercial, and witty more than relatable. Just saying.

Deirdre

June 24th, 2010
9:03 pm

People like different things. Both styles are satisfying and interesting in different ways. Some people prefer Adam(who I love, btw) and some prefer Kris. Doesn’t mean one is better than the other or more deserving than the other or even more “relatable” than the other. They are just different kinds of singers.

Rosita

June 24th, 2010
9:05 pm

Linny, great news about your test results!
Rickster, that was Mercedes S. aka SZ who explained that thang from the previous thread, but I wanta say I think you have got the right perspective on your marriage!
My husband, Bluto, barely took his eyes off the tv when I said goodbye to him this morning. True, I had turned the channel to his favorite show, Animaniacs, and left extra food and water in his cage. . . .

Mercedes S.

June 24th, 2010
10:48 pm

Guess it’s the puritan in me, or perhaps hearing my parents and grand-parents talk about food rationing during The War, but I’ve never understood wasting food for fun. Throwing wheat thins, pies or cafeteria food, just silly…

Gerry

June 24th, 2010
11:42 pm

Thanks, it was a great interview with Kris. But, I agree, if you follow him more you’ll find him witty. Although sometimes he borders on silly. I like the funny things he does and says as well as the great music. Have you been following ET Mills?

JTesla

June 25th, 2010
12:17 am

Interesting, we have a JTesla imitator: I did NOT make that 7:27 pm post. Granted it is something that I probably would have posted, but imitators are frowned on for a reason.

JTesla

June 25th, 2010
1:47 am

sakura

June 25th, 2010
7:21 am

interesting interview with Kris Allen there. his career might be moving slow but i do hope that he would stick around. He should be provided with better material for his next album though.

Highlander

June 25th, 2010
7:47 am

“Judging by what the other guy has done, seems like more people like scintillating, controvercial, and witty more than relatable. Just saying.” – Kay, 8:42pm, 6/24

Well, Kay, what you’re just saying isn’t backed up by the facts. Kris Allen rounded out the Top 10 Idol money makers last year (Adam didn’t make the list) according to Forbes magazine.

“The reasons? Though Adam’s album sold more than twice as many copies as Kris’ there is little money to be made through CD sales, especially if you’re just the performer. Songwriters and producers get their cut first. Once you subtract the label’s grab there’s little left for the artist unless the album sells in the millions and few artists manage that these days.” – Forbes

No one here is reminding us that Kris won. We don’t need reminding. We all know who won each season! I actually like Adam okay when he’s focusing on the music (as in the “unplugged”-type show I saw with him on Logo). I’m just not a rabid fan like some other people. :wink:

Highlander

June 25th, 2010
7:52 am

Oh, and morning, everyone!

Just thinking, I don’t believe there’s room on this blog for more than one JT! And I’m pretty sure the original was one of those mold-breakers! :D

Deirdre

June 25th, 2010
7:57 am

Morning!

Still laughing at “Dad Life”! Nicely done, JT!

Mercedes S.

June 25th, 2010
8:10 am

Morning!

Gearing up for long ten days ahead – taking care of three young relatives, 10,10 and 13, from yankeeland. They’ve been promised canoeing in north Georgia, swimming at Savannah Beach and the aquarium in Atlanta. I’ve nixed Six Flags (heat stroke) and White Water (e-coli). Should be fun, though, they’re great kids.

Deirdre

June 25th, 2010
9:19 am

And now the Americans hold the power. They have come together as a team, they have stared down adversity, and they have managed to drag a nation of non-believing fans into near hysteria. That kind of power is what typical American sports talking-heads refer to as “intangibles.”

Deirdre

June 25th, 2010
9:20 am

http://www.soccerisfutbol.com/the-united-states-can-win-the-world-cup#more-831

Just doing a little advertising. Ignore if you have no interest.

Deirdre

June 25th, 2010
9:22 am

Idolatry(link located to the right)has a great interview with Adam up.

Rosita

June 25th, 2010
9:32 am

Morning, everyone. I need to bust myself. I’m the fake JT poster, sorry. It was the result of too many espresso shots with my Pikes Peak in the ATL. I thought he would rip right back in denial and we’d have a good laugh.
JT: IS there a Rule 37?

COCOPOP

June 25th, 2010
9:39 am

Is He a fan of The Rifleman?

Deirdre

June 25th, 2010
9:39 am

Rosita…I kinda suspected that since the poseur wasn’t being malicious in any way. Good of you to admit it however. It takes the vague worry off JT’s mind.

Harriett

June 25th, 2010
9:40 am

Good morning. Dad Life is a hoot!

Deirdre

June 25th, 2010
9:41 am

Although JT will deny being worried. He enjoys controversy as much as I do. We call them Porch and Popcorn moments.

Rosita

June 25th, 2010
9:44 am

Thanks, Deirdre! Love that Dad Life — sent it to three friends!

Deirdre

June 25th, 2010
10:00 am

BTW, Rodney…I keep forgetting to mention the Sandy Duncan video. I used to think she was adorable. Miss her!

Harriett

June 25th, 2010
10:16 am

Mercedes, I think entertaining those kids sounds like fun. There are no little ones in our family any longer.

Rodney Ho

June 25th, 2010
10:21 am

I dated myself by thinking of Sandy Duncan, eh? Wonder what she’s been up to lately?

To wit: we can define it differently. He was articulate and friendly to me, not witty in the way I define it. But true, if he were hanging out with his buds on the bus, perhaps that dry wit is more readily apparent than a phone interview.

JTesla

June 25th, 2010
10:29 am

Rosita: Thanks. Me worry: not worried enough to call up my posse. There is a Rule 37 and it actually is the perfect rule for the question you asked. “Rule 37: there are no girls on the internet… ever.” Some of you might disagree, but there is some truth to it.

Sandy Duncan: I don’t even know who that is.

Soccer is futbol: I try to keep up, best source for me for World Cup news.

Rosita

June 25th, 2010
10:34 am

Sandy Duncan — cute as a button, had one glass eye, Peter Pan, perky before Mary Tyler Moore! I hope she is noshing wheat thins and watching her pool boy, Sr. Big, out by the cabana.

Re wit: It would never be so meh as to show up in a standard media interview, even a very well-done one like the above. It is subtle; it is unexpected; it is there whether you see it or not. Hmmmm, who does that remind us of? (Not you, JTes — or is it?????)

madeleine

June 25th, 2010
10:51 am

thanks for the interview. Kris is so talented and I love his musical tastes. I think he’s there for a long long time :)
And Kris is witty alright but he just doesn’t force it; he’s not the show off kind.
Interesting that Maroon 5 asks hime to headlines some of their shows, that speaks well of his talent + band

madeleine

June 25th, 2010
10:52 am

..also love his ‘paranoid android’ acoustic cover!

RxDawg

June 25th, 2010
11:16 am

I enjoyed the interview.

Highlander

June 25th, 2010
6:29 pm

Mercedes, your visitors are far more likely to get e coli from cow manure in the North Georgia water ways than they ever would at White Water!

kay

June 25th, 2010
8:55 pm

Highlander, you want facts. The cut off for Forbes was May. A lot of the money made before that was from the winners package. Kris has a platinum single which he did not write. He co-wrote 9 songs.

Adam has a platinum single which he did not write. He co-wrote 6. Adams album is gold in the US, gold in Singapore, platinum in Canada and New Zeland. His single FYE is gold in Nz and Canada. His single WWFM is plat in US, NZ and Australia, double plat in Canada. His headling tour of 1,500 to 8,500 is selling out across the US. He will do a tour in Asia and Europe when he is done here. What other facts do you need? Somebody likes him doing something besides standing there and singing. And I like Kris okay as well.

Twavis Twitt

June 26th, 2010
10:55 am

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