This is the first installment in my new Interview a Blogger series.
John Maglite: What are you listening to right now?
CM Wilcox: At the moment, it’s the Tulare Dust tribute album from 1994. Katy Moffatt’s cover of Hag’s “I Can’t Be Myself.”
Excellent. I love that album.
Yeah, it’s pretty great.
Talk a little about your background.
I was born and raised in California. I’ve been listening to country music ever since a friend turned me on to it in grade school, but have only been seriously studying and collecting since 2002. I graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz earlier this year with a BA in English Literature and decided to start up a little country music blog soon thereafter.
Tell us about the blog.
Well, it began as a place for me to record some of my thoughts… mostly just for myself, since I had 0 readers to start… but it has since developed a pretty decent following. I’ve been surprised at how well it has caught on in such a short time.
What’s it called?
That’s the name of my blog.
So you’re me?
So you’re interviewing yourself?
Well, someone has to do it…
Why’d you call yourself John Maglite if your name is actually CM Wilcox?
Two reasons. First, this was my first venture into blogging, so I was counting on it being a spectacular flop. Since I considered this a trial run, not an actual beginning, I didn’t give much thought to tying it to a real name. Second, there are quite a few young, fledgling country music blogs out there. Part of the struggle at the beginning is just to be memorable. How many other Maglites do you know?
I see your point. So why are you changing your name now?
Well, Maglite is a brand name. In that regard, it probably wasn’t the wisest choice. Also, I’m hoping to eventually do some work here that I won’t mind claiming.
Can people still call you John Maglite?
Sure, if it makes them happy.
Will you stop interviewing yourself and get back to talking about country music?
Happily. Stay tuned.