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Exclusive interview: Jimmy Herman talks playing with Carrie Underwood and more

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Jimmy Herman has been on the road with Carrie Underwood as her fiddler player for several years. On Saturday, Examiner got the opportunity to talk to Jimmy via e-mail about touring with Carrie and his life as a musician. He is living the dream and had a lot to share about it all. His love for music is obvious when he plays. Keep reading to see what Jimmy had to say about life on the road and more.

He is having a great time in the music industry right now. Jimmy is out on the road and enjoying his career. He has the kind of gig that a lot of musicians dream of getting some day. That means there are only better things to come in his future. Fans have always wondered about Jimmy and now they can learn more about him.

Have you always been interested in playing for country music or what made you decide on this genre?

I started playing fiddle when I was 5 years old and it's an instrument that has always been a predominant factor in country music. I would sit and learn fiddle parts that were recorded on some of my favorite songs growing up. I loved to play "Devil Went Down To Georgia," "South's Gonna Do It Again" and "Uncle Penn." Over the years, my taste in music has definitely evolved and now I'm a rocker at heart, but I still love the classic country artists and old time fiddle tunes just as much as I did when I was a kid.

How long have you been working with Carrie Underwood? What is it like to work with her?

I have been with Carrie for 7 years. It's been an awesome experience to say the least. It's given me the opportunity to travel the world and perform to some of the largest audiences internationally. She is an amazing vocalist and an extremely down to earth girl. What you see is what you get. Her head is on straight and she definitely has an appreciation for where she came from and what it took to get to where she's at now. I can't say enough good things about Carrie and her camp.

When Carrie isn't touring, what are you up to?

As much as I am passionate about music, I am equally as passionate about the outdoors and fitness. When I'm not touring, I usually spend quite a bit of my time in the gym training and/or outdoors hunting. I grew up deer hunting in Wisconsin and my love for that has evolved into me becoming very active in the hunting industry. I write columns about hunting and fitness, hunt a lot in the west, and work closely with some great hunting/outdoor companies. Before moving to Nashville, I was a professional taxidermist believe it or not. So I've always had a strong passion for hunting and the outdoors.

Does your family travel with you when you are out on the road?

They don't get to travel a whole lot with me when I'm on the road. If we have any shows within a few hours driving distance, then my wife will bring our kids out and we'll get to spend a day or two hangin out. My kiddos love to watch the show.. They love it so much, they usually end up falling asleep by the sixth or seventh song.

How can your fans keep up with you? Do you use social networks?"

Yea, I'm very active with my social media pages. I have a website, facebook, instagram, and twitter pages. I do my best to post every day and always post something different on each of them. I'm on them all the time.. Way too much, actually. I love the interactions with fans.

Fans of Carrie Underwood will be glad to hear what Jimmy had to say about working with her. You get what you see with her and she is just as sweet as she appears. It looks like he has found the perfect person to be out on tour with and to have enjoy his career that he loves.

You can check out Jimmy at his website www.jimmyherman.com or on Facebook, Twitter @jimmyherman, and Instagram @thejimmyherman. If you want to see Jimmy Herman on the road, make sure you check out Carrie Underwood's tour dates. This is the best chance to get to see him.