DON’T HATE ME BECAUSE I TWANG
People think country music is all sad songs about people’s dogs dying and wives leaving. And that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Just go pick out an album in the country top 10 right now: Sugarland, Dierks Bentley…something off a Keith Urban album. It’s country, but it’s got a little edge to it.
SPEAKING OF EDGE…
I think my first album introduced my sound: old-school country. Haggard. Waylon. Southern rock stuff. Then the other influence is Guns N’ Roses. I’m hoping all those guys will come back together and do a tour [with] Slash on guitar. Axl with a bunch of other guys just filling up space ain’t really a band.
CONFESSION: I LIKE ‘N SYNC, TOO!
Justin’s a really talented guy. I went to an ‘N Sync concert in Nashville, and it was actually cool, just the energy there in the stadium when they played. People were just freaking out. It was pretty neat to watch. [Laughs] This is gonna sound like they’re a damn influence or something.
MY DAUGHTER ISN’T ALL COUNTRY, EITHER
Keeley was listening to Snoop Dogg and Akon the other day: ”I Wanna Love You.” Pretty cool to listen to your 4-year-old talk about windin’ and grindin’ up on the floor. And she walked around singing Tim McGraw’s ”Last Dollar (Fly Away)” for, like, a month. I hate that song now — no offense, Tim.
HAT’S ALL, FOLKS
I wear a cowboy hat on stage. The guys in my band — I don’t tell them what to wear or how to look. You couldn’t: They use flatirons [on their hair]. It’s ridiculous. I don’t give a s— if they want to go out there with [nothing but] a jock strap and combat boots, so long as they’re playing good and putting on a show.