For CSI: Crime Scene Investigation‘s Robert David Hall (Dr Al Robbins), making music is a dream come true.
As CSI Files previously reported, Hall’s debut CD Things They Don’t Teach You In School will be released on June 1. The actor has dabbled in music for years, but it was at the urging of a family member that he stepped up and pursued that particular dream. “What inspires you to finish something can sometimes be tough,” Hall said. “My youngest brother got liver cancer, he’s fighting it pretty well right now, but he looked me in the eye and he said, ‘Why don’t you just finish these songs?’ He really got me off the dime.”
“I’m enjoying this little adventure with music, and it’s working out better than I thought it would,” Hall shared. “To have a chance to play in front of people and get it out … it feels like it’s the right thing. I’m just excited about it.”
The help Hall received from his friend Chris Wall proved invaluable in making that “adventure” a success. Wall is a music legend in Texas. “He produced the album, and really gave me some major help on the songs,” Hall explained. “We got some of the best Austin [Texas] musicians in there, and I had such a ball. It’s one of the highlights of the last 30 years of my life. It was so empowering to finish these songs, and then to sing them and have these great musicians playing on it. I wished it would never stop. It was that kind of a thing.”
Some people have compared Hall’s voice to iconic country music artist Willie Nelson. “I love Willie,” Hall said. “I love Willie the songwriter going back umpteen years. I think of Willie as one of America’s treasures. He’s one of the spirits of America to me. If somebody hears a little Willie in my voice then I’m pretty happy with that.”
Hall was invited to perform at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee on June 19, which the actor said is “a thrill!” He added, “Talk about hallowed ground! It’s legendary. I’m scared, I’m excited, I know it’ll go over well, but you go into Nashville and to rehearse with the Opry band—I just can’t wait to do it.”
“I tell you, this is an amazing experience,” Hall continued. “I have a lot of musician friends. I worked in radio as a music director, and I know everybody hears about the George Straits and the Garth Brooks and the Kenny Chesneys and all that, but for every major star, there are thousands who didn’t quite make it. So I realize—in my early 60s—the songs are as honest as I could make them. I don’t have any desire to try to fool anybody. I’m not going to do that, so if people like the songs, I’ll consider it a success.”
Source: The Boot