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Since his debut in 2003, country star Billy Currington has had seven #1 singles and been nominated for two Grammy Awards and multiple CMA and ACM Awards.
Currington has been hitting the road hard this summer with tour dates around the country, and he recently landed his third platinum-selling single with the hit “Good Directions.”
Now, the 38-year-old Georgia native has been announced as the final artist participating in the Ram Truck "Road to the Ram Jam," a country music series that begins with an invitation-only concert in Nashville on Dec. 29. Country stars Kellie Pickler, Brantley Gilbert, Easton Corbin, and Zac Brown Band were announced earlier this year.
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The Road to the Ram Jam artists received a lease on a 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn truck. The trucks will then be auctioned off in early 2013 with all proceeds going to benefit a charity of each artist's choice.
“It’s full of beach things right now,” Currington says of his Ram truck. “Whoever gets it can clean it up!”
Currington will donate the proceeds from his part in the program to Team Rubicon, which unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with medical professionals to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations.
The country singer talked to Parade.com about his early musical inspirations, plans for his fifth album, and more.
On his current summer tour.
“It’s been great so far. We got through our arena shows, and now we’re in our fair and festival season. At the very moment, I’m sitting on a horse track. It’s going great.”
On his favorite song to perform for fans.
“I’ve always loved 'Must Be Doing Something Right.' It was always magical for me — the melody and everything about it. But the one song that seems to really fire people up is 'Good Directions.' It’s usually the last one I sing and it gets the biggest response.”
On life on the road.
“It’s a beautiful experience. I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. I really enjoy it. I’ve got a great group of guys around me. We’re like a family out here and we get to see the world.”
On his childhood musical inspirations.
My main one was Kenny Rogers. His was the first concert I ever went to. It was with Alabama and Dolly Parton, and Kenny was the star of the show for me. I started following him when I was about 8-years-old. I could go on and on about others — ACDC, Def Leppard, Patti LaBelle, and Michael McDonald. I wasn’t just stuck to country growing up. I loved a little bit of everything!”
On the artists he’s listening to today.
“I’m a big fan of Jack Johnson and Willie Nelson. I also listen to a lot of songwriters. I get a lot of demos when I’m recording an album, so over the years I’ve stacked up on songwriting demos that no one else will ever get to hear. I’m so fortunate to have those, and I just listen to them all the time.”
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On dream collaborations.
“I have dreams to record with a lot of different artists, usually they’re not country artists. I’d love to record with Colbie Caillat. I really want to do that one day. And lately, I’ve been thinking of doing one with Pink. I love her soul. I might try to make that happen.
On plans for his fifth album.
“I’m ¾ the way done with my fifth album and I should be done by the end of the year. I’ve been working with some great writers.”