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Q&A: Billy Currington Talks Opry, Rock and Rap
Country artist Billy Currington recently took time to talk music with The Comet. Currington, whose fourth album “Enjoy Yourself” is out today, reflects on playing the Opry for the first time, says he grew up listening to rockers like AC/DC and Def Leppard, and reveals an interest in rap. He even asks if we can hook him up with Snoop Dogg!
We’ve been really digging the record, “Enjoy Yourself,” especially “All Day Long” and of course, “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer.” Tell us about the record making process on this one.
It was a lot of fun, of course. It was a very quick process—a lot quicker than I’m used to but we had fun. We recorded all the tracks here in Nashville, Tennessee and then I got lucky and went down to Key West to record all the vocals in Jimmy Buffet’s studio down there. Very laid back. Quick like I said, but a lot of fun.
What inspired this album versus your past records?
This was the first album I decided not to record my own songs. I didn’t have a ton lying around that I’ve written because I’ve been so busy on the road. I decided to go through the catalogs of the songwriters that I got to sing demos, who kind of helped me out by writing with me when I was first getting started. I just found songs from them. It wasn’t all of them, you know. There’s so many more that helped me out, but I could only fit ten songs, so I just picked the best ones that I felt fit me and that’s how this album came about.
Are there any artists or songwriters that you didn’t collaborate with on this record that you’d like to work with in the future?
Yeah, there’s one guy who helped get me started. His name is Casey Beathard. We wrote pretty much the whole first album together, and I wasn’t able to get around to recording his songs this time, but he’s a guy I’d like to get back together with and start back over in a sense.
You’ve been touring constantly. How’s it been going?
The tour’s been good! We started in March of this year. We just got off the road about a week ago, and we’re getting ready to start in a couple days on our fall tour with Carrie Underwood, which will take us until December 20. Then, we’re done for the year.
Any favorite cities?
I love Dallas, Texas. I love Los Angeles, and I love New York and Chicago.
Any cool stories from on the road you can share with us?
Just added a saxophone player to the band. That’s been fun! That’s been a cool moment. I’ve always dreamed of having one and a steel guitar player, and the good thing is, he plays both! That’s a new experience for all of us in the band. He started last week and we can’t wait to play a lot more shows with him. He’s great.
Are there any artists out there who you haven’t seen live that you’d like to?
Yeah, I’d like to see someone like Kid Rock in concert. I want to see what the hype is about. I mean, he’s a great singer and all, right, so I’d definitely want to see what he’s like live. I’d like to see Def Leppard, somebody I never got to see. I love those guys. I love concerts, I could go see anybody and probably be happy—even if they were horrible I’d still have fun!
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