I'm a little more comfortable in that role. I love being in the studio.
My father's record collection was all country. That's how I was exposed to it.
They're mostly done before we went into the studio, although I do like writing in the studio.
I've always been a pretty private, quiet kind of person and so I haven't had to change my life really at all, I don't think.
I think it took me a while to convince Nashville that what I do is genuine and my heart's in the right place, and I love country music.
Once we get into the groove, we're kind of like long-distance runners - that adrenalin kicks in for me and I just keep running - and I don't stop!
It's not the case of turning in a bunch of songs and recording the next month. I think you're looking for songs all year long and you're writing all year long.
It's something I've always loved doing. I'm not one of the artists who comes in and just does my bit. I'm there every second of every day. That's my hands-on situation.
You're always in a different headspace when you make each record, so hopefully they're all different. You just pick up things that you wish you hadn't done on the first one.
It's interesting because I've spent all my life playing live, and having people comment on my guitar playing, but I've always wanted to put more focus on the songs and the singing.