Billy Bob Thornton Lightning 100 Interview


In celebration of my new podcast on itunes I wanted to revisit some of my favorite interviews and performances I have archived during my career in the radio business, working at Lightning 100, and with events like the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.

One of the more famous guests I have had the opportunity to interview is Billy Bob Thornton. Mr. William Robert Thornton came to the Lightning 100 studios in 2008 for an interview. It was Friday afternoon and Billy was in town promoting his new upcoming record with his band, “The Boxmasters”. They had sent me an advance copy of the double disc album, and I had listened to it twice before interviewing him. I personally really enjoyed the record. Even though it is a bit country for my usual taste, it is well produced and was fun listening to it, especially since I knew I would be interviewing the band. I also enjoyed the production qualities and how the songs transitioned into one another, creating a unique listening experience for anyone listening to the album in it’s entirety vs a particular song.

After our 45 minute interview I took The Boxmasters to the Yazoo Brewery. It was there I realized how special it was getting the time alone with the guys. Once in public, it was hard to have Billy Bob Thornton’s attention for more than one sentence. The pints of Yazoo gave just about everyone at the taproom the liquid courage to meet their hero, if you know what I mean.

Here is a link to listen to our conversation. Let me know what you think.

Also, if there are any other interviews you would like me to blog about, shoot me an email or leave me a comment.

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