'Real Country' host Graham Bunn loves watching Shania Twain, Jake Owen, and Travis Tritt banter
In an exclusive interview with Meaww, Graham Bunn spoke about his experience as host of 'Real Country', and how he landed on the 'Bachelor'
Graham Bunn, the 39-year-old host of USA Network's new music showcase series 'Real Country' was one of country music's favorite drive-time radio host on Southern California country station, Go Country 105. Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Bunn's love for country music runs deep. Before he entered into the TV and radio industries with different projects, Bunn was a professional basketball player in Europe. He then made his entry into the television industry when he appeared on the 'Bachelor'.
In an exclusive interview with Meaww, Bunn spoke about his experience as host of ‘Real Country’, and how it was to work alongside a panel with music giants such as Shania Twain, Jake Owen, and Travis Tritt. Apart from speaking about his role on the new show, Bunn revealed how he landed a spot on the 'Bachelor'.
USA Network's 'Real Country'; can you shed some light about your experience on the show and how is it to work with Shania Twain, Travis Tritt, and Jake Owen?
Hosting 'Real Country' has been a blast, such a fun panel, and insanely talented artists. Travis, Shania, and Jake are all amazing to work with and so entertaining to see banter back and forth. One of the most exciting things about watching the show is to see what makes the edit and what doesn’t between the three of them.
In the forthcoming episodes, who should we be looking out for? Which acts really caught your eye?
This is a classic trap question right BEFORE Christmas (laughs). All the artists were amazing and should all still send their Christmas presents to the address I provided during filming. If you are reading this AFTER Christmas, I loved Jaida Dreyer, Dave Kennedy, and Porter Union. (But honestly all the acts were incredible, those are a few that chose songs that really spoke to me.)
In what way is ‘Real Country’ different from other music competitions?
'Real Country' is different in that there are no bad acts and the talent was hand chosen by the three panelists. All of our artists have been on the road playing gigs all over and considered professional on many levels already.
Do you get time to interact with the judges behind the scenes? Any fun moments?
I was fortunate enough to have dinner and hang with the judges throughout filming and I will have to admit they were just as much fun off camera as they were on. Also, I should prob publicly apologize to Travis... he picked up the dinner tab when it was my turn. I totally forgot it was my turn (laughs).
Did you always plan on moving from basketball to television and radio?
I have been very fortunate to do so many wonderful things in my life and outside of playing college and professional basketball, none of those amazing things were planned.
What are you really excited about for the future?
I’m excited about the future for so many reasons, but mainly for this show, because it has crazy potential and the artists coming off this show have the goods to be around the country music scene for a very long time. Secondly, I had a fortune cookie the other day and let me tell you, it said my future is bright. Those things are never wrong.
Can you give us three top tips for being a great host on television?
Be yourself, Be yourself, Be yourself. And over-prepare a close 4th.
Is basketball still a big part of your life?
I played basketball earlier today. It will always be my first love and just helps me forget things that may be weighing me down or causing me stress. I definitely watch too much but I’m working on it... I definitely watch less during baseball season. Go Lakers Go Tarheels.
What are some of your upcoming projects?
I’ve launched a clothing line with some college friends called SNNR brand. It’s been really fun and the central theme of it all is love, even when you fall short. I come up short and make mistakes all the time, so making sure people know 'WE ALL FALL' short and are still loved is important to me.
You were on the 'Bachelor', can you shed some light as to how you landed yourself on the show?
I actually didn’t realize it was the 'Bachelor' till someone asked us all to line up for a rose ceremony. Up until that point, I just thought I was at a really elaborate fantasy football draft and the commissioner was a really pretty girl... So, I guess to answer the question, I landed on it by composers chance.
Are you happy with how your life turned out after the 'Bachelor'?
Yeah, I was definitely myself on the show, shy by nature but genuine and good-hearted. The people at the 'Bachelor' are incredible and I’m very thankful for my time on the show.