On his third year in a row playing the Downtown Hoedown, Jerrod Niemann, who loves the festival so much, he tells us that even if he wasn’t invited he’d show up, takes a minute backstage on his bus to talk with WYCD personality Steve Grunwald.
“Shinin’ On Me” is the lead single off of Jerrod Niemann’s upcoming sophomore album Free The Music, set for release October 2nd on Sea Gayle Records/Arista Nashville. You can pre-order the album now.
Niemann tells that the album is titled Free The Music “because since we get the wonderful gift of being able to go in and record albums (with my band), why don’t we see what we can get ourselves into. So being a huge country fan, clear back to the 20’s and long before the steel guitar (pedal steel guitar) was even invented, there were horns in country music and many other different sounds and layers and was all recorded on old reel to reel tape. So we took that lead, and startin’ with the 20’s to right now – we gave our interpretations of some of those eras.”
Hopefully that ‘sleigh’ won’t have the same trouble as four other country artists have had this year with their buses catching on fire. Jerrod Niemann was one of those four and explains that he was doing a show in Chattanooga and when they got off stage they (Jerrod, his dad and uncle, his manager and Lee Brice) went to the bus and not five minutes later, he smelled what he thought was just the heater kicking on. Lee says “man, smells like your bus is on fire.” Lee stepped off the bus to check and discovers the fire. He rushed back on and alerts the rest, “I am not lying – get off the bus, your bus is on fire!” That was the clean version Niemann says. Moments later the bus exploded, “like a Die Hard movie, but no Bruce Willis.” Coincidentally, of those four country artist bus fires in the past year, “Lee Brice has been present twice,” Jerrod says jokingly.
Touring with Miranda has been a dream for Niemann and his bandmates. “Miranda is so nice to me and Chris (Young) and our guys. She is so accessible, wants everybody to hang out before and after the show. She’s a lot of fun!”
Watch the complete interview with Jerrod Niemann from the Downtown Hoedown:
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