March 30, 2010
You've been to Austin a few times, what do you think of the city?
I have been coming to Austin for years. I was just here last year and did Austin City Limits, and we played here a lot at The University of Texas. The first three or four times I played in Austin, we played The Backyard, and that used to be one of my favorite places in the world to play. It was a great environment. This is definitely one of my favorite cities – not just in Texas, but anywhere.
It's well known you're a Tennessee and college football fan, what does visiting here mean to you?
I am a big Tennessee fan. I grew up on Tennessee football in Knoxville, but I love the tradition of football, and Texas has a very proud tradition, so meeting Coach Brown is a big deal for a guy that likes football as much as I do.
You've gotten to look around a little bit, what do you think of the facilities here?
We have seen a lot of facilities and this place is unbelievable. I’ve never really seen a pool table like that [in the Players Lounge]. That is pretty impressive. I love this environment. I love it.
Do you follow Texas football and what have your impressions been of coach Brown?
We get off the road around the first of September every year, and I have a home down in the Virgin Islands where I built this awesome bar out at my house and have two huge big screen TVs, so I can have a game on each TV. All of the games that Texas plays that are on TV, we watch, and of course, the run last year was really impressive. I really respect Coach Brown a lot for the way that he handles himself, handles his program, and communicates with the kids that play for him. I think that he does a great job.
Plus you and coach Brown both grew up in Tennessee, is there a bond there?
Where you come from is really important, and to be honest with you, I didn’t know he was from Cookeville, Tenn., until just a couple weeks ago. I had no idea that was where he grew up. You can tell in his demeanor.
What do you have coming up in your career?
This is technically a year off for me – I am doing 10 shows this year, but I have a movie coming out that’s like a 3D concert film and the music awards show is coming up, but after that I am going to take a little break and get ready for next year because we are going to hit it pretty hard.