Hick Hop Music: How would you describe kindness?
Apalachee Don: “That’s a tough one, I think kindness is the soul to everything. I think everyone should be treated with kindness. I think you should try to greet everyone with a smile weather they deserve one or not. That’s how we develop our own character.”
HHM: What is one word that you think you overuse?
AD: I use 4 letter words a good bit from time to time, but, I prolly use the word “man” too much. I probaby follow up every sentence with “man”, especially when I get excited, “I tell ya man”, “Man, you shoulda been there man”, “Ya know what I’m saying man”. I say “ya know what I mean” a lot too.
HHM: Do you consider yourself organized or messy?
AD: I would prolly call myself “orgamessy”. I’m organized to a point, but I’m messy too. My wife would tell you I’m messy. She keeps the merch thing goin’, she handles all that and she’s pretty organized with it. Then I get into the bags and I start pulling stuff out… she ain’t too happy.
HHM: What is one compliment that you can recall receiving lately?
AD: I get it a lot, I get a lot of inboxes on my Facebook tellin’ me how, not necessarily my music, just my way of delivering my lyrical content to people, how it touches them, and I get a lot of “your music has helped me more than you know” or “I was feeling so down and then I just run across you on YouTube and I listened to “Country Roads” or “Anthem” and it just put me in a good.. It took me back home and it made me feel good, helped me get through the day.” I get that a lot.
HHM: What is the last important decision you made?
AD: We’re goin’ to Helen, GA this weekend and we haven’t taken a vacation in so long, I can’t remember. It’s just been kinda focused on music, or finance, and finally I made the decision. The reason I say that it is important is because my children and my wife were really getting very irritated with me and I decided we’re gonna go ahead and take a little vacation. They go on the road with me, her and my kids go on the road and they put in their work and they do stuff and we just don’t ever do anything. Finally I went and got us a motel room, reserved it 3 weeks ahead of time, we got it and we’re goin to Helen.
HHM: What is one motto that you live by?
AD: The motto I work with, and I use it a pretty good bit is that you might as well go on and do it yourself because if you sit around and wait for somebody else to do it you’re just waitin’ on something to get done. Don’t ask nobody to do it, don’t rely on nobody to do it, just go ahead and do it. If somebody wants to help you, cool. If somebody wants to jump in there and do it for you, cool. My motto though is, aye, let’s just go on and do it ourselves, let’s tackle the problem while it’s in front of us.
HHM: Tell us about a moment that changed you…
AD: I got a pretty good amount of things that changed me, it’s hard to really just focus on one. I will say this, the chain gang definitely changed me. Prison changed me. It took 3 trips, but the third trip, that big bid they gave me, the long stretch where I knowed that I could just go on and get comfortable. That I was gonna have to just sit there go on with it, that was a defining moment. That kinda changed me. I’m definitely not the same guy that I was.
HHM: What is the best kind of cake?
HHM: What the best concert that you have ever been to?
AD: Truthfully, I gotta put things in a category on this one. I been to so many shows, I could sit here and tell you that as far as a stage show goes, overall performance, I would say Godsmack, Rob Zombie and Shine Down. That was a hell of a show. Now, if you wanna go with tightness and who probably performed the best, that’s hard to say to cuz Disturbed and Kiss, were (also) one of the greatest performances that I have ever seen. The best concert I’ve prolly been too though was that Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Shine Down at the Verizon Amphitheater.
HHM: What was the last awkward situation that you found yourself in?
AD: Trying to please everybody in the Country Rap Genre is hard, it gets awkward, just trying to please everyone.
HHM: What’s one place you have never visited but would like to go to?
AD: I don’t know if it’s a possibility for me, but I would love to go to Ireland. It’s real green, and let’s face it, green is a beautiful color.
AD: I want people to feel my music. When they think of Apalachee Don, I want ‘em to think, “you know what, that dude makes me feel good, hearing him talk, his music.” Just put in a cd and let it ride. I just want em to say Apalachee Don touched my heart.
HHM: What are some of your hobbies?
AD: I like to play video games a little bit, but I would say my main hobby is probably my music, my profession. I love to dabble in the music, that’s a pretty big hobby of mine.
HHM: What one thing that would surprise us about you?
AD: The diversity in the music. There’s so much diversity there it’s hard to really place Apalachee Don in a specific genre. When you listen to one song you might be listening to country rap but when you listen to another song it could be southern rock or blues or something of that nature. There’s so many different genre’s compiled into one, I have so many influences. I got rock influences, country, rap, jazz musicians, blues musicians, even some classical musicians. I just have so many influences and it shows in my music.
HHM: If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what song would you be listening to?
AD: Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Long As I Can See The Light” It’s probably one of my favorites ever. They are my favorite band by the way. Their music makes you feel good. You feel it, you let it ride, crack a cold one, sit back and just listen to good stuff. Kinda like Apalachee Don.
HHM: Who is one actor you would want to play you in a movie about your life, living or dead.
AD: John Candy – he was a great actor, he was so funny
HHM: What’s one of your favorite childhood memories?
AD: This is gonna sound crazy, but now I look back on it and I laugh. I didn’t laugh back then, but I used to climb in my granpapa’s dogwood tree. He didn’t like that and he would blister my butt every time. The reason I say that it is probably one of my favorite memories is because it is really one of the only memories I have of my grandfather. I was kinda young when he died, I was about 8 or 9, so I don’t have a whole lot of memories of him but I do remember him sinkin that stick into me! As he was whoopin’ my butt out of that dogwood tree, he would say “get out that dogwood tree ya cotton picker!” Wearin’ my butt out the whole time! He was just a mean old man back then, but I’m thankful for those memories. I’m thankful to have those because some folks don’t have memories at all of their grandparents.
HHM: What is the most memorable place that you have visited?
AD: I’m gonna have to go with prison, that leaves an impression on me that I’ll never forget. It’s a lasting impression. I prolly won’t ever be able to forget that. It haunts m,e but it helps me, because I would think of things sitting in my dorm or in my cell. i would think about what’s goin on out here and how much I can’t control it. The only way I can control anything is to be out here. That’s always gonna stick with me, that’s always gonna be a tough time for me.
HHM: What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever broken?
AD: Probably my wife’s heart. I broke her heart years ago. We separated for several years and we finally were able to get back together. I broke her heart and in doin’ that it probably broke my children down a little to see their mama in that state.
AD: Fart or pooted – (queue little kid voice) “I pooted mama, I pooted!”
HHM: Finish this sentence- Happiness is…
AD: Happiness is home. Happiness is family.
Country Roads – Apalachee falls
Anthem of an Outlaw – Apalachee Don ft Big Chuk and Manchild Marshall
Donswick Stew with Apalachee Don