Editor's note: Chris Young is a busy man these days, as he's opening up for Rascal Flatts and Luke Bryan on their tour (which stops at the BancorpSouth Arena this Saturday), and he's working on a new record. He's so busy, we could only get in an e-mail interview, and after our deadline for Thursday's Scene section. So, here's our e-mail interview. Enjoy!
1) You're on one of the biggest country music tours right now with Rascal Flatts and Luke Bryan. What's it like to open up such a huge show?
Its truly amazing. They have an incredible amount of fans at every show, and just watching them perform and seeing their set gives me so many ideas for where I want my stage show to go in the future. Plus, its really great just to get out there and play my music for people that could possibly become new fans.
2) What can fans expect from your new album? This may be too early to ask, but is there any kind of tentative release date or album title?
Nothing is set in stone yet, but it’s looking like this summer I will have a new record. I really truly believe this is some of the best music I have created so far. There has been so much time for me to write and prepare between the last album and this one, so I’m really fired up to get new music out there to the fans.
3) You're juggling the two biggest jobs of any artist – touring AND recording at the same time. Which do you prefer: being in the studio, or being on the road? Why?
I don’t really have a preference, but it has been a while since I made a new record. It’s extremely exciting to be creating new music, but that new music eventually feeds work on the road which creates the need for more albums, so the road and the studio kind of work in concert.
4) Do you have an iPod, and if so, what's on it? What music are you listening to these days?
Always have my iphone near by, especially on planes. Loving “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” by Blake Shelton right now, and it isn’t music but always playing Angry Birds.
5) Imagine you're talking straight to my readers – what would you say to get them out to see the show?
I just like to have a good time out on the road, and its basically my job to get on stage and make sure other people have a good time. So come have a good time, and listen to some good music.