I've always wanted to do my best to make sure it's clear that I want to keep the focus on my music.

I wish I could make multiple records, stylistically. The way that I'm gonna remedy that is to make a diverse record with a lot of different styles on one record.

I don't like the idea that in music, clothes, taste or anything, we are limited to a certain style, because we need to maintain an identity, maybe between some subculture group. Hopefully, all those walls break down, and music is just music.

I could probably recite just about every song that was on country radio between 1990 and 2000.

Obviously, I love country music, so I wanna be able to live in the country music genre and then play to country music fans.

Football sometimes is stressful. Music is more of a kind of laid-back type, chilled-out kind of activity. It kind of keeps me balanced, I guess.

Folks in Alabama seem like folks in Georgia to me. I feel like you can just about combine the two.

I realized that I could try to sound like Waylon Jennings, or I could try to be like Waylon Jennings... but it's impossible to do both.

People throw things at me sometimes, at big festivals.

I kept hearing all these rules: 'You can't say that in country music.' 'You can't use that kind of beat.' I became so frustrated. It may have slingshotted me, in a rebellious way, toward doing something different.

I still get excited about it. I miss playing ball.

New experiences give you new perspectives on life.

I worked at a hospital parking cars and getting folks in and out of the hospital as they would come in for their appointments.

You think about the artists I look at as icons, and you assume they were instantly embraced. That's usually not the case. In reality, they had to overcome a lot of noes to get where they wanted to be.

I played quarterback, and it was a leadership position, and even though I'm doing a solo thing now, a lot of my success is a part of assembling this team of people who are really, really talented, and their position doesn't put them out front the way mine does, but it's still a team effort.

I thought that I could have a career in music. I really didn't know exactly what I wanted to do or how I would go about doing it.

My golf game is lacking big time.

I was a product of the relationships with my family, the environment I grew up in; all those things I kind of put on the back burner when I got into music, and my life all changed dramatically.

When somebody's never heard you, that's the way to do it: Just give them music for free and let them decide for themselves if they like it or not.

I wasn't intentionally trying to be different, but that was an element of what I naturally do that happened to be unique enough to spark a curiosity for people.

I'm conflicted about the lyric tattoo thing. I feel like that's a lifetime decision, and I always feel like, 'I hope you don't regret this a couple years from now when you get tired of that song.'

There wasn't really a song or artist that made me want to be a singer, I think I was always a fan of country music.

It took me a couple years to get over the stereotype I was letting myself get caught up on, being a football player trying to start a career in music.

I was able to really see that connection as a football player where success requires a lot of hard work and effort, physically and mentally.

I love so many styles of music.

I like to come up with lots of different sounds. So the final version of a song might have been 10 completely different songs before we finally got it right.

A good story gives you more of a license to be forward and progressive with the music.

I like doing stuff like, for instance, in the 'Leave the Night On' video, I had on a plain white T-shirt. I just wanted to do something to it to make it a little different, so I just cut a big strip out of the side, from the shirttail up to my armpit, and cut a big red strip out of another T-shirt and just sewed it in there.

Shane McAnally is a really good friend of mine. He's one of the first guys that really embraced what I was doing with an open mind.

Sometimes I'm not even aware of some of the issues going on with me in my life until I sit down and start kind of looking for inspiration, trying to find something that inspires that creativity.

The money factor had been kind of my excuse as to why I hadn't put out any music. So I just found the cheapest way to make music and get it to people, and that was via the Internet.

I have a cat named Dandelion.

In a small town, it's either sports or a band with your buddies. I was always athletic. But in college, I was exposed to all this new music, and I was drawn to hip-hop and R&B.

I've always craved winning. It's just easier in sports because there's a scoreboard.

By no means do I want to try to leave country music. That's absolutely where I want to stay.

I'm not in control of my fate, and that's a good thing.

It's good to be proud of your heritage and your culture, but pride can be perverted.

Whatever's going on in my life shows up in the writing room.

There's this sort of model that exists in Nashville that we think we have to abide by: You put out a record, and in two years you have to put out another one and have three or four singles. There are all these rules that I've just sort of thrown out the window.

I kind of have my little OCD wood shed at my house where everything is just right when I go write.

I really feel like I honed in on a sound and a style of writing that best fits me.

I grew up really close to Alabama, about 10 minutes from the Alabama line. We'd make trips to Alabama, and I feel at home there.

I realized after writing songs for years how important it is. Whether it provides a living for me or not, that creative outlet is something I need.

I have a whole, whole lot of respect for the men and women that serve our country.

The first song I learned on the guitar was a Kenny Chesney song called 'What I Need to Do'; it was just an easy song to play... and it was really cool to see that come full-circle a few years later and have him record a song that I was part of.

I'm not really a piano player, but I play enough to get away with it.

I love all kinds of music, and I would write really traditional country songs and songs that were just really out there, that didn't sound country at all, and everything in between.

The most flattering thing I hear is, 'I didn't think I liked country music before I heard your record.'

Respect for women was a very important part of my upbringing.