Keith had this to day about the ACMs: “I love the fact that they’re going to do it. It would have been easy, under the circumstances, to skip it for a year. It’s the first time it’s been in Nashville, first time it’s been audience-less, first time they’ve incorporated three venues, and the first time it’s been in September. So it’s going to be a unique show.”
With a new album about to come out, Lon said “It was good you had this album to work on during the lockdown, otherwise you might have gone a little nuts.” Keith replied: “I DID, though! I actually did. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to do anything. I think I almost had a creative intervention from my team. I then called an engineer friend of mine, and we got back into the studio.”
In fact, Keith said the result was a few new songs: “We created new songs and that pushed some songs off the record, and new ones replaced them. There’s a new song on this record that’s primarily about being trapped, and the inspiration is obvious. It’s called ‘Out The Cage.'” It’s also the first song on the album, and is a collaboration with Nile Rogers.
In fact, Keith had so much music, he has enough for two entire albums, which is why this one is called Part One: “I recorded so much material in the last year, and I’m not a fan of huge albums. So maybe I’ll separate them and do a part 1 and part 2. I’m not sure when Part 2 will be coming, but Part 1 will be out on September 18th.”
Keith’s new record includes a duet with Eric Church. It’s a version of Keith’s hit “We Were,” partly written by Eric. Keith describes how the duet happened: “I had Eric come into the studio in Nashville last summer. He was on tour and had a day off. He came in and did his part, and I redid some parts of mine as well. I wanted it to feel like a real collaboration.”
Keith met up with Brad Paisley last fall while they were in London. Brad was playing a concert there, as was Hootie & The Blowfish. The concerts were on opposite sides of town. Keith told Lon: “It was fun, I played the 4th song at the Hootie show, and then hopped the tube (the subway) for the 45 minute ride to Brad’s show. I got there just as Brad’s set was ending and hopped up for the encore.”
One thing you don’t see in the video for God Whispered Your Name: A sign that says ‘Beware Of Rattlesnakes.’ Keith said to Lon: “The director wanted me to just walk off the path, and I said, ‘I’m not gonna be doin’ that for a video.'” Lon asked, ‘You didn’t have a rattlesnake wrangler?” Keith replied “There WAS! But even SHE was shaking her head when they asked me to wander off the path.”
Keith also has great stories this week about Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Morgan Wallen, and Carly Pearce.
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