Ask Lou: February 2012
Q: Hi Louise, We saw you perform with Lee Greenwood this past week at the Stawberry Festival, you looked and sounded GREAT! But we all was so disappointed when Lee announced he be signing autographs after the show, we asked if you was going to also and when they said NO, man did a shock wave come over bunch of us. It seemed that's what everyone was talking about while waiting in line to see Lee. he sure did a great show him self too, the 2 of you make nice duet partners, it was so nice you sang together!!! So I guess my question is was every thing ok with you that day or did you get a emergency call about John and had to get back to TN? I have to say it seemed so weird not seeing Pedro on stage with you and dancing some routine he cooked up he is so talented so tell him from your fans he is missed alot too. - Bob H
• Bob H, thank you for all the compliments and so sorry for the confusion. When I'm a special guest with the Lee Greenwood show I sign before the show and Lee signs after the show. That way country music fans have an opportunity to meet one of us whether they come early or stay late. It also is easier on security so they don't have to watch two autograph lines.
Thanks for your concern about John. He is still struggling but he has a doctor we are going to see about an hour from Fresno which works great for Calamity this summer. I love doing duets with my friend Lee. He has an amazing voice. I also miss my dance partner,choreographer and show producer, Pedro Tomas. One of the most versatile and talented performers I've ever worked with.
Q: Hi Louise, I heard your daughter Nicole was getting married I remember seeing her on t.v. when she was little girl she was so pretty with her curly hair. I myself am the mother of a daughter and of course I have my favorite stories I like to tell when she was younger. can you relate one of your favorite memories of being Nicole's mother. Thank You - Lisa B
• Lisa, being a mom is my favorite job. I always thought Nicole would go into show business. When she was in grade school I paid her to be in one of my shows. After the show she told me "It was easy money." I explained it's not easy but it's the most fun you can have making a living.
Q: I always loved some of the songs you did on the road. "Something to talk about" should have been a record for you...love to hear you do that. "Dream lover", "I hear you knocking" all of the 50's music you did...have you ever considered recording any of these? Also, a made for TV concert of you would be awesome! Broadway needs you as well!! - Jay
• Thank you Jay, I love singing almost every style of music but those are some of my favorite songs. However, until Calamity is over and I see how John's health is doing, I'm not making any future plans.
Q: Louise, You are my favorite entertainer!! Just curious to know if you are seen out in public such as the mall or at restuarants, does it bother you for people to ask you for pictures or autographs? Melissa H
• Melissa, I hope if you ever see me in public you stop and say hello. I am always flattered by someone taking time to speak and I NEVER say no to a picture or autograph. I think it is a HUGE compliment.
Q: Have you ever thought about doing a Love My Country style show again? America could you some of your pride again! - Robby M
• Robby, I almost feel like I'm doing a patriotic show working with Lee Greenwood. He doesn't just sing about being a proud American, he lives it. I hope someday I can do another show like Love My Country but nothing is in the works.
Q: Louise, thank you for sharing the beautiful Africa vidoes with us. With so much of God's beauty and splendor around you there, what was your most favorite part of the trip? - Anita E.
• Dear Anita, Kathie and Vanessa, One of my favorite parts of the trip was being surprised daily with new adventures I was sharing with friends. If I could only relive one day it would be experiencing the Elephants in the wild on the Zambezi River. [Click here to view photos & videos from Africa]
hello louise! my question is...what about the africa trip touched your heart the most? thank you! - Kathie s.
What was the best part of your Africa trip (your favorite thing)? From the videos, you got to see a lot of wildlife - which animal was the most thrilling for you to see? - Vanessa
Q: You have done such a great job making your animals be part of the family. We are thinking about adding a dog to our family and would appreciate any helpful advice on how to make the adjustment easier for everyone:) - Merri S
• Sherri and Merri, you will never regret adding another family member if you find a good fit. Puppies take a lot of training just like a baby. Animals are very social. I don't ever think a dog should be alone so after I have the first one trained I add a second dog or cat. Don't set an animal up for failure. The indoor dog should have a doggie door or potty pad and if necessary locked in one room but if possible not alone all day. Turn on a radio or TV and shame on the people who crate their dog all day. Take the time to train them so they can at least be locked in a room not crated. If your dog feels more secure in a crate then leave the crate door open so they don't feel trapped.
How do you train your puppies? Do you train them or do you buy them ready to go?! They always seem so well-behaved! - Sherri H
If you don't have a lot of time or patience I highly recommend a dog at least a year old. I would try the Humane Society. Usually you won't pick the dog, the dog will pick you. If you are a couple you should go together. If you have a family, load up the kids. Some dogs love kids, others can't even tolerate them. Some dogs like only women or only men, but most just want to be loved.
Q: I have been blessed to say that I have been a fan and have seen you many times since 1980. One show I saw the stage had a very low ceiling and during one of your dances, Pedro was flipping you and you hit a ceiling tile that fell. I was worried you were hurt, thank the Lord, you weren't and you just started the dance over. Over the years what is the worst thing that has happened on the stage and/or the funniest thing that happened due to the stage being "too small"? - Cindy B
• Cindy, So many things have happpened, I'm surprised they didn't call me Calamity sooner. I have lost shoes in the
audience, tripped over an amplifier and hit the ceiling several times. The most frightening was stepping off the stage. I wasn't hurt but still remember it like it was yesterday.
Q: Loved seeing Bobbie sue in the new years video at your show. how big is she now and how big will she get. - Jade D
• Jade, thanks for asking about my baby. She is a little bigger than Sally Sue was and she is 7 months old. Definitely big enough to live up to her name. Some people believe that when you get a name it influences your behavior. She was named after Barbara: petite, cute and in charge.
Q What inspired you to take on the role of "Calamity Jane"? - Valerie M
• Valerie, after going to Africa I decided I wanted to experience new things and Clint Higham, my manager, suggested Calamity Jane at the theater where he got his start. I can't wait to take my whip, gun and story telling abilities to the stage as Calamity Jane.