>>> At GO&DO, we pride ourselves on interviews.

With rare exceptions, the words you read in our stories come from conversations with the performers themselves and are not cobbled together from a news release.

So, in our final issue of 2012, here’s some of the best of those interviews from GO&DO editor David Burke, as well as Danielle Builta, Tripp J Crouse, Thomas Grundmeier and Kellie Rech:

Speaking of others

“If Jesus were playing the game, I don’t know what he’d do.” — former “Facts of Life” star Lisa Whelchel on her time on TV’s “Survivor”

“Her fans are in their seats before the show starts. The whole place is filled, they’re on their feet before the show starts. ... It is absolutely the best feeling as an opening act to be respected by her fans so much.” — country singer Hunter Hayes, on being an opening act for Carrie Underwood

“(He) generally likes to play ‘stump the band’ throughout the night and give people a song they’ve never played before.” — Sara Watkins, on opening for Jackson Browne

“When your dad makes a living as a children’s singer, you figure, ‘I can do anything.’ He made up his own job and did it.” — pop singer Andy Grammer, on his father, Red Grammer

“I love her personally because she’s a genuine person She talked with me quite a bit and I was not expecting so much one-on-one time. But it refuels you to do what you do and do it well.” — Q-C Christian singer Jennifer Sergeant on meeting Amy Grant

“He’s a freak of nature. He just looks fantastic. I look older all the time and he looks the same.” — country singer Pam Tillis on her 80-year-old father, Mel Tillis

“He was really on his own. He seemed to want to keep it that way.” — Warrant drummer Steven Sweet on the band’s late lead singer, Jami Lane

“Zac is such a fantastic boss and I have no complaints at all. It is what it is, and we all love it.” — Clay Cook, a member of the Zac Brown Band

“I was banned from even going to the front of the stage. His wife, she doesn’t want me anywhere around him. And I think it’s a shame.” — Tanya Tucker, on ex-boyfriend Glen Campbell

“We compete for autographs, him and me. We keep a scoreboard.” — Television founder Richard Lloyd, whose band includes bass player Danny Tamberelli, one-half of the title characters in the ‘90s TV series “The Adventures of Pete &Pete”

“They’re my buddies. They’re like my big brothers. They make sure nobody messes with me.” — country singer and “American Idol” contestant Lauren Alaina on touring with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan

“He’s a real sweetheart of a guy. We’re still trying to pitch a show called ‘Dave and Flav’ where we live together and raise a baby that we find.” — comedian Dave Coulier on his relationship with rapper Flavor Flav

“I feel like I’m working for Steven Spielberg sometimes. ‘Hey, I have this great new thing and I want you to be in it, but I can’t tell you anything about it.’ ” — the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Al Pitrelli on boss Paul O’Neill

Changing pace

“When I first started, you could go to a college campus and it was not cool to wear a country artist’s shirt on campus. It was taboo, and there was a stigma involved. In the time from then till now, I’m amazed at how much things have changed. It’s young now, it’s cool, it’s hip” — country singer Eric Church

“We all act like we’re 5 years old when we get these puppets, groping and swearing.” — Erin Churchill, of the District Theatre’s “Avenue Q” cast

“Nothing against comedy clubs, they work. But when you’re sitting with a tablecloth and a candle and an appetizer menu, three-drink minimum, it can feel more like a dinner theater than a live experience.” — comedian Doug Stanhope

“It was amazing and awesome to have that big-stage sound, something that none of us have ever had the chance to experience. It was surreal for a couple of days. It was one of the greatest times that we’ll probably ever have.” — ElevenFiftyTwo drummer Erik Flores on playing at the i wireless Center

“We’d all played instruments, but we’d never been in a band before. We’ve always wanted to be in a band.” — Maureen Carter of the all-female Quad-City band Busted Chandeliers

“We played once and there were these people in front of me, jamming all night long. We left the venue, I had my makeup off, I stopped at a gas station and there they were on the island next to me (and didn’t know it).” — Dan Rebarcak from the band King’s Kiss

“I had no idea when I first started playing that it was gonna be a thing or that it was. Only recently, when I started playing ukulele festivals, did I realize that it was such a subculture. There’s so many people who play ukulele and love it, and eat, sleep and breathe it. It’s nice to have those crazy people in my fan base because they’re diehards.” — Danielle Anderson of Danielle Ate the Sandwich on ukuleles

“I can strip it away and play it on acoustic guitar and it sounds like a substantial song that holds up.” — John Oates on acoustic versions of a few of his songs with partner Daryl Hall

“It’s amazing how the fan base has grown. I could remember going to local mud bogs and stuff where monster trucks got their start. There might be 500 people there and that would be a big crowd.” — monster truck driver-owner Gary Porter

“We watched the music industry actually change in front of our faces. When we came back, the record labels didn’t know where we fit. We did a lot of things that were not conducive in the direction of which we were trying to go as a group.” — Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men

“If I do the same act that I did in 1995, in essence you’re saying (in a robotic voice), ‘My mind has never changed.’ ” — comedy veteran Rodney Carrington

Who I am, what I do

“It’s rooted in things that maybe older people or people my age remember as being rock music. But at the same time, I don’t think we’re stuck in the past or retro. I think we’ve tried to push ourselves and experiment with what we can call Wilco music.” Wilco lead singer Jeff Tweedy

“Sony and Nickelodeon knew they wanted to create a TV show that was a platform for a band they would have for Sony. They knew what they wanted, and it took two years of auditions and screen tests and countless people coming in and out the door until they finally settled on the four of us.” — James Maslow, Big Time Rush

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“I always feel slightly sorry to be the voice of whatever I’m experiencing.” — comedian Caroline Rhea

“Some of those songs we made up back in the beginning were too joke-y. They were good songs, but titles like ‘Creepy Jackalope Eye’ just don’t roll off the tongue.” — Eddie Spaghetti, Supersuckers

“I go to work in jeans and a T-shirt. I look like a boy, I tuck my hair into my hat. I don’t even walk like a lady. I’m a ‘dude’ at work.” — Andrea Myer, a Hooters cook and the alter ego of Bottom’s Up burlesque star Kitty Bardot

“People were almost ashamed to say, ‘I like ABBA.’ It’s not like saying, ‘I like the Grateful Dead’ or ‘I like Jefferson Airplane.’ ” — Gary Raffanelli of Abba: The Concert

“I think the world needed a laugh. I tried my hand at some other professions — french fries, brain surgery, things like that — with no luck.” “anti-comedian” Neil Hamburger

“With technology expanding at this ridiculous pace, bit by bit we’re losing our humanity and our ability to connect with each other without having electronic media in the middle.” — blues singer-guitarist Walter Trout

“Three-quarters of The Beatles. Not bad.” — guitarist Laurence Juber, who played with all but John Lennon

“The great American art form known as blues is the people’s music. It’s about not giving up, it’s about celebrating coming out the other side.” — blues singer Janiva Magness

“Pretty much everything I write is about real-life experiences, things I lived through or at least things I have witnessed with my chart-topping eyes, enough to write about it.” — comic singer Unknown Hinson

“I don’t do drugs. I’m sure there’s some drugs that could surely increase my output, but they would ultimately decrease my life span.” — indie musician Tim Fite

“When we do get to the point where things aren’t good, we know how to smarten up and fix it before it gets ugly.” — Margo Timmins, whose Cowboy Junkies include two of her siblings

“I’m kicking myself in the rear end every day, saying, ‘Did I really book this many shows? What am I doing?’ ” — country singer Justin Moore

“I didn’t even question it. I won’t know how hard it is until the 70s. Toward the end of the 82nd, I started being disoriented and everything onstage. So we’ll see.” — rapper Tech N9ne on a plan to do 90 shows in 99 days

“I felt like a college kid getting called up to play center field for the Yankees.” — John Hannon, of ComedySportz’ new show, Wisenheimer

“I did exactly what I wanted to do. It was always my intention to put a band together and be a band and not be about the solo pop guy. That was never me. All of the musicians that made me do what I wanted to do were bands. I didn’t see it any other way.” — “American Idol” winner Chris Daughtry on his band Daughtry