I've never been the type of guy that's ever needed a lot of things or any fancy things, but my lifelong goal has always been to have a piece of land and a house.
I knew what I wanted to be, but I didn't know exactly how to get there. I thought you move to Nashville, you sing downtown, and someone discovers you, and you become a country music star. I had no idea.
As a songwriter or artist, there's only so many ways you can say, 'I love you' or 'I think you're beautiful.'
I say that I get paid to travel, and I play the shows for free.
Every artist has a moment where they think about quitting music for a moment because it's scary.
Every show I play, whether it's for an audience of 15,000 or 50, I look at it as a party, and I'm the host.
I'm a romantic at heart.
I'm just like my fans, and that's the way I like it.
The industry is always changing, but country music is like a force that always comes back.
From an early age, I was infatuated with music. I always loved it and was always dancing or playing something.
'Honky Tonk Badonkadonk' wasn't some serious song, but it was huge! It was funny.
I base my track-listing and what songs I pick by what my fans expect from me and what they want and what I think they want.
I don't mind putting my heart out there for the audience, and for the country music fans... to be vulnerable with them... that's my job as an artist.
I listen to Lil Wayne, and then I listen to Merle Haggard.
Just because you've got a hit doesn't mean you've made it.
There's very few things that tear me up and get me, but kids, especially terminally ill kids or kids with diseases... gets me every time.
I think, as an artist, part of your job is being aware of what's going on around you and not selling out and not following the trend, which I'm totally against.
There's certain songs that you're gonna record that you hope to touch people and change lives, and there's certain songs that you know that are not going to be that serious.