How do you get back and forth to Nashville each week?
I fly on Monday morning, come back Wednesday or Thursday, and I have practice on Thursday nights with the bands. And then Friday, Saturday, Sunday we play. And then I do it all over again.
Is it exciting to live in two different places at once to pursue your musical goals?
It doesn’t get tiring for me because I’m good when I’m focused and have something to do. If I get stagnant, it’s just not a good place for me. So it keeps me on my toes, and it’s a good way for me to keep moving.
What’s something you absolutely must have with you on the road?
Other than gear? I have a book that I write in and that goes with me pretty much wherever I go. It’s pretty much like my songbook and for me to write down my thoughts.
And a good pair of headphones.
Have you ever surprised yourself with something in your notebook becoming a song?
Oh dude, all the time! All the time. That’s how people write, man: You write about what’s going on in your life at the time. Those songs happen when you start writing stuff down like that.
We’ve seen the music industry turned upside down the past few decades, with CD sales not what they once were and artists having to be on the road all the time to make a living. How hard is it for you?
We play a lot more than a lot of other people. And we get a lot of our own shows; we book them ourselves. We’re with WME, the booking agency. They helped out with some of the big, big shows like Kane Brown that put me in front of thousands of people.
It’s tough, man. It’s tough when you go from playing for 11,000 people, then to a benefit for 50 people. It’s ups and downs, and that’s just the nature of the beast.
It won’t always be like that, but right now it is. It’s not like I can turn back now.