Most known for his Top 5 hits "Brass Bed" and "I Want To Live" and, of course, his 2004 No. 1 smash "Nothing to Lose," he has learned the hard way about the political nature of the music business. He departed from the fledgling Lyric Street Records before the label eventually disolved in 2010, but he's taken that experience with a grain of salt as he heads into the next chapter of his musical career. His newly released "Drink It Gone" sees him stepping out of his comfort zone with a catchy summer anthem, which serves as the lead offering from his forthcoming project (either an EP or an album).
I recently had the chance to chat with him about his new music, what he describes as his former label's "inner fighting" (that led to his departure), the state of Country radio, balancing family and career and the lessons he's learned over the years.