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Billy Currington Don’t It
Billy Currington and a guest show up for the 48th ACM Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Las Vegas.
Billy Currington rehearses for the 45th Annual Academy of C and w Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2010, in Las Vegas.
He should be doin’ something right– something really, truly right.
Nation singer-songwriter and sweetheart Billy Currington this week celebrates his 10th No. 1 hit on the Signboard Country chart, with “Do not It,” the lead single off his brand-new album, rising to the top.
Currington, who was a personal trainer before starting a c and w profession and whose other chart-toppers consist of “Need to Be Doin’ Something Right,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” and “We Are Tonight,” headings at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday night with guest Ryan Lafferty.
Currington– whose brand-new single “Drinkin’ Town With a Football Issue” ships to nation radio Monday, sixth studio album “Summertime Forever” drops Tuesday, and “Shotgun Rider Tour” with Tim McGraw begins June 5 in Little Rock, Ark.– chatted over the phone from Fort Bragg, N.C., ahead of his concert on the Strip:
Dann Huff, the producer on your new album, “Summer Forever,” has actually dealt with Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts. How was it dealing with him?
Oh, guy, he’s a magic man for me. I love Dann Huff. I was really interested in dealing with him for a while. I’m grateful we worked on all 12 songs together. I like his production, in addition to enjoying him play on the records himself. He plays the guitar, slays it, and it wound up on my album. He’s an amazing gamer, and, in regards to his engineer work, I fear.
You’ve had nine No. 1 hits, and your current single, “Don’t It,” is near the top of the charts (it has considering that reached No. 1 considering that the May 15 interview). Does reaching No. 1 ever get old, and is it important to you?
Reaching No. 1 never gets old. Each time feels like the first time. It’s a true blessing and naturally a great thing for the profession.
Do you prefer indoor or outside performances?
Aw, guy, I love both. Inside your home, the sound and energy are constantly amazing. However we get to be closer to the crowd outdoors. There is nothing like summer outdoors and the energy that it brings. I’ve done both, and I enjoy both.
Do you have a preferred outdoor venue?
I enjoy this place called the Canyon in Washington state. I’m a huge fan and constantly look forward to performing there.
Exactly what is your favorite song in your collection to perform?
“Must Be Doin’ Something Right.” It was my very first No. 1, and it holds a great deal of good memories. Everyone still knows the song, and it’s one of the more fun songs.
How about on the new cd, “Summertime Forever”?
“Good Night.” We’re finding out all the songs now. I composed that one, and writing is such a passionate experience for me. I like writing.
I like your duet “Celebration for Two” with Shania Twain from 2004. Who’s on your wish list for partnerships?
(Laughs.) There a lot of terrific vocalists out there. Colbie Caillat would be outstanding.
Who are some of your preferred existing artists?
I love Coldplay. I’m a big fan of Jamey Johnson. And of course Willie Nelson. He’s still current to me, and I’m a huge fan.
Your resume includes personal fitness instructor. Exactly what’s your trick to remaining in such great shape?
Certainly it begins to me with eating habits, consuming along with possible, specifically on trip. I run, do dumb bells, work out and stay active. When I’m home, I’m surfing. Training on the ocean keeps me in shape.
Guilty enjoyment food?
My grandmother has actually been making something called “Chocolate Delight” because I was a youngster. I don’t know exactly what’s in it, but just the word “chocolate.”
I make sure you’re ill of this concern, however are you respectable at drinkin’ beer– since you don’t have a beer gut?
Guy, I do not consume a lot of beer at all (laughs). Everything I do is in moderation. But if the night is right, I’ll have a few with pals for sure.
Have you been to Las Vegas really often?
I have quite a bit since 2003 when I started visiting, I ‘d state about 30 to 40 times.
What do you like to do for fun in Las Vegas when you’re not working?
I still want to ride the New York-New York roller coaster. It’s everything about simply being in Las Vegas– go out shopping, restaurants, all the regular stuff. Definitely laying out throughout the day by the pool. It will be nice to wake up in the warm sunlight.
What’s next for you after the new album “Summertime Forever” drops June 2 and “The Shotgun Rider Tour” ends?
Probably when the tour ends in September, we’re going to play a couple of more programs on our time. I’ll end my year in Maui, remain there, surf, spear fish and socialize with pals.
You truly do enjoy the ocean and outdoors?
I matured at the ocean. Daddy was a dredge boat employee in the Savannah and Charleston location. I’m naturally a part of the ocean because of him all my life.
Billy Currington, with visitor Ryan Lafferty, headlines at Boulevard Pool in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at 8 p.m. Friday.
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