, "Git 'er Done" is not a catchy saying: it's a way of life. And, for this handsome, real-world cowboy, getting the job done is the norm whether he is on the family's cattle ranch or on stage.
Like his athletic accomplishments (his small school made regional and/or state finals almost every season), musical success is coming relatively easily for Todd. His rich, rangy voice is a radio natural, and his performances throughout Texas have already brought countless fans into the Fritsch fold.
A recent "Wild Card" contestant of KPRC-TVís (Houston) "Gimme The Mike" program, Todd was voted "Viewerís Choice," and was the only country entertainer of 733 entrants to make the final show.
The release of his most-recent (and third) CD, Todd Fritsch, has been approached with the same level of planning and purpose as Fritsch applies to his ranching endeavors, and should be the vehicle which takes this young man to the top.
The album's debut single, a remake of Eddy Raven's "I Got Mexico," has already enjoyed a successful run at radio across the Lone Star state and around the globe. "Small Town Radio" (Fritsch & DeForest) is another strong track that chronicles the joys of simple, small-town life. "Dancin' In The Rain" (Fritsch/ Deforest/Huff) is a mood-setting number, which effectively showcases Todd's distinctive voice. Well-known Texas songwriter Brian Burns contributed "I Don't Live Here Anymore," to which Fritsch brings a devastating emotional punch and a polished professionalism.
"Professional" is an adjective that could well-describe Todd himself. There is a subtle strength evident in his every move, and while he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, he admits to a steady and purpose-filled life. Todd isn't wasting any time in the pursuit of his musical dreams.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Hi Todd, it's a pleasure to talk with you. So, I hear you're currently promoting a new single from your self-titled album called Todd Fritsch.
Todd Fritsch Yes, we're currently promoting the single, "Small Town Radio."
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Did you write that song?
Todd Fritsch Yes, I co-wrote that song with my producer and manager, Doug DeForest. He produced the Todd Fritsch album as well.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] What inspired your song, "Small Town Radio?" It's a great song.
Todd Fritsch Thanks, Cindy. I cowrote the song with my producer, Doug Deforest. He and I were traveling the back roads between Willow Springs and San Antonio, Texas. We were listening to Carl Geisler's morning show on KULM, out of Columbus. As the signal came and went, we listened to Carl talk about bake sales and enchilada dinners, and it reminded me of my hometown station.
I went to school with the same 20 kids, from grade school through our senior year. Our local radio station was the lifeline to our town and to the world beyond. That's what this song is all about. The one thing that Doug and I really wanted to get across in this song is that all of us share ties to our neighbors and our community. That everyone 'gets it' is a dream come true for me.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] And I hear you're getting ready for a European tour?
Todd Fritsch Yes, that starts in February. We'll be touring there for two weeks, playing at large concert venues, visiting some radio stations and playing smaller venues, as well. Everyone tells me to get ready, because I've heard they know how to party country style! I've heard the fans are unbelievable over there, and I can't wait till we get to meet them.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Who are some of your favorite artists?
Todd Fritsch George Strait, Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard and Mel Street are some of my favorites.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] You've been on the ranch all your life. What's an average day like working at the ranch and how do you juggle that and the music career?
Todd Fritsch Ranching is a seven-day-a-week job, so basically I have two fulltime jobs. On a typical weekday, I'll wake up around 6 a.m. or so, all the workers get here around that time. There are lots of different crews for sorting cattle, feeding cattle, checking the cattle for sickness. You can find me doctoring cattle, riding fence or running the feed truck in the morning, heading into the house for a couple hours to call DJs and take care of the "business" end of music, then back out on the ranch to separate cattle, work the cow dogs, or feed again.
Sometimes I do interviews with radio while I am working, which is interesting, because the cows always have something to say! On the weekends, I leave the ranch in time to get to the gig, sing, then usually try to travel home to start the next day at 7 a.m. or so.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Sounds like a busy schedule! I hear you are involved in helping a few charities as well?
Todd Fritsch Yes, I've done concerts for the Lion's Club International, an organization that helps out the community. And I've performed for the American Cancer Society, as well.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] There is a tribute to Chris LeDoux on your CD. Was he an inspiration to you?
Todd Fritsch Yes, he was a true cowboy, both in spirit and in flesh. He did everything in life the cowboy way. I was always amazed at his showmanship, and his ability to stay close to his roots, something that I will always do. He got involved in the music industry and was very busy, but yet he never lost sight of who he really was. Aside from living on the ranch, he was a family man -- I thought that was great.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] As far as songwriting, are you open to writing with other songwriters?
Todd Fritsch Yes, definitely. I write a lot with my guitar player, Donnie Simmons. We're on the road a lot and do a lot of writing together.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] What are your plans for the next few months?
Todd Fritsch Touring the radio stations, performing and traveling all across the U.S., then coming to Europe in February. That is enough to keep me excited!
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Do you perform with a whole band or solo or both?
Todd Fritsch (For) most of my shows, I bring my full band. There are five other guys in the band aside from me. I bring my band as much as I can.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Is there anything else we did not cover that you would like to talk about ?
Todd Fritsch Just to tell all my fans, old and new, to go to the website at www.toddfritsch.com and let me know what you think of my music. I would be nowhere without you. And thanks to you Cindy for allowing me this time in your publication.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Thanks, Todd. We wish you much success with your self-titled CD, ,odd Fritsch" and your new single, "Small Town Radio."
Todd Fritsch Thanks, Cindy.
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