When Eldredge met Aldridge -- up and coming country singer Brett Eldredge sat down with 11 News while he was in town for Country Jam to talk about his new album, his new video, and where he hopes to be down the road.
KKCO: Thanks to the wonders of iPhones, I see you tweeted that you are planning on crowd surfing all the way over to the lemonade stand during the show tonight.
Brett Eldredge: (laughs) I was really craving a lemonade shakeup. I don't know why, but I was sitting there on the bus, drinking a Diet Coke or something and was like, man I'd really like to have some lemonade right now. So if there's a lemonade shakeup stand out there and there's at least five people, I'm just gonna crowd surf and have them just keep passing me down to the lemonade stand.
KKCO: We're looking forward to that.
Brett Eldredge: I don't know, I'm a big guy.
KKCO: A lot of your songs have a very personal touch, especially "Raymond." Where do you get the inspiration for these songs?
Brett Eldredge: I grew up loving story songs, that's what I love about country music. I love to write stuff about real life and things that I've experienced. With "Raymond", my first single, it was so much inspired by my grandmother. I'm so close with my grandmother and to see her go through Alzheimer's, I was really stricken hard by that. I had to find a way to cope with that and that's how I came up with "Raymond." You'll see with my new album, I have a lot of story songs and a lot of stuff about life. That's what I love to write.
KKCO: Speaking of your new stuff, what other things are you working on and what can your fans expect from you?
Brett Eldredge: My new album is going to be coming out in the fall. We've got that done now and they're just putting all the photos and the books together and everything. We've got the new song coming out next week called "It Ain't Gotta Be Love." I'll be shooting the video for that pretty soon. I'm on some of the Brad Paisley tour right now and that's a blast too. I'm just loving life. Come out and see me on the road and check out my new song on iTunes next week.
KKCO: What's your favorite part about shooting videos?
Brett Eldredge: It's pretty amazing how serious they take the video shoots. I rolled up to my first video shoot and there were two tractor trailers full of crew and all sorts of people running around with headsets on. I was like is this for me? Is this a setup? This is not real, right? So it's crazy. But that's what I love about it. It's like shooting a movie. The director is the one that makes it relaxing and says just go out there and do your thing. I love it, I can't wait to shoot another one. The next one is going to be all sorts of fun and I can't wait for people to see that either. I don't even know what it's going to be about yet because we haven't drawn up the skit yet, but it's coming.
KKCO: A lot of people are getting to know your name right now. What are some of the goals you've set, places you want to be in the next few years?
Brett Eldredge: I wanna keep on getting songs on the radio and hopefully just keep on touring with people like Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton -- friends that just like to play music and have fun. As long as I'm having fun, that's all I want to do for the rest of my life until I leave this earth. Just keep on singing and having fun. I hope people can come out and enjoy the shows and I hope to keep getting to play in stadiums, and fairs and festivals and all that. I enjoy all that.
Eldredge's new single "It Ain't Gotta Be Love" is now available for download on iTunes.
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