If you have good food, people will come to your restaurant.
I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I do know how to count.
When a record co. finds a guy now, they want to own everything. They want to own the rights to market that person's particular name. They want a piece of the action all the way through.
Well, I got people that help me with the restaurant. I don't have to be at the restaurant 24 hours a day.
There used to be a lot of acts, which was good, because people don't want to see the same act every night. But, you don't want too many acts, you don't want to over-saturate it.
So I'm trying to spread myself to the point to where I can do the night shows and not have to worry about the matinees, and do one or two matinees down through the year.
My only failure was the restaurant in Myrtle Beach. I kept it open for four years. It was in a tourist town, it was only busy four and half, five months of the year. But the bills kept coming all year.
It's the same with the ballplayers. Babe Ruth spent a lot, too and the ballplayers make a lot more money now.
It's like Branson. When I went to Branson there was only 4 acts in there. Now, you can't count 'em. There's so many theatres now, that only the strong will survive.
If you're not on a major label today, you're not gonna get played. They've got the market sewed up.
If I cut an album now and sell it for ten bucks, I can put seven dollars and fifty cents in my pocket.
I've grown up with my audience; they're my age or older. Not a lot of kids are coming to see me.
I'm set to have my best year ever: I'm hiring some acts and there will be a show in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening. I'm going to use my theater to its fullest potential.
I try to stay ahead of things, if you know what I mean. I take the money I make and reinvest it.
I have the restaurant, too. I serve Southwest, barbecue.
I had some airline stock, but the airlines tanked. I didn't have a lot of money in them, though.
I had seventeen No. 1 songs and I didn't see anything like that kind of money.
I had a few stocks, but stocks took a dive. I never sell my stocks.
I guess the nicest thing about being, I won't say famous but being popular is a more proper word for me to use would be that if you've got a recognizable name, a lot of times you can get people to do things for you ordinarily that you wouldn't get done.
I don't own everything, I do have a partner.
Back then I thought if you cut a record, you were automatically a star.
All my money was made doing the dates and selling products when I was out there on the road.
All I want to do is do my shows and play golf.
All I have to concentrate on is my performing.