Drinkin' beer and rollin' country with Billy Currington
A quick peek at Billy Currington’s song titles reveal the singer-songwriter/guitarist knows a little something about having fun.
A force on the country music charts since releasing his self-titled debut album in 2003, Currington’s hit songs have titles such as “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer,” “People Are Crazy,” “Hey Girl,” “We Are Tonight” and “That’s How Country Boys Roll.” All five of those songs reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts.
There’s also the song, “Party for Two,” he sang with Shania Twain in 2004. Yes, this 42-year-old Georgia native likes to have fun, and he knows how to play that into his music.
Check it out for yourself when Currington kicks off the Reno Rodeo with a concert at 7 p.m. June 15 at the Outdoor Rodeo Arena. Opening acts are Canaan Smith, whose hit “Hole in a Bottle” is on the country charts, and Rudy Parris, who appeared on season four of NBC’s “The Voice.”
In his 13-year career, Currington has released six studio albums. He received a Grammy Award nomination in 2010 for Male Country Vocal Performance for the song “People Are Crazy.”
Currington now is touring in support of his 2015 album, “Summer Forever,” whose first single was the No. 1 song, “Don’t It.” The album’s second single is “Drinkin’ Town with a Football Problem.” The album’s third hit single – in what seems like a follow-up to single No. 2 – is called “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To.”
Currington has come a long way since the days he supported himself by pouring concrete, working as a personal trainer and making demo tapes for other Nashville songwriters.
Now, he’s headlining his own “Summer Forever” tour, the first time in his career he’s held top billing. In year’s past, he’s opened for Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum.
“It’s awesome,” he told TheBoot.com in April. “It’s really nice to take the reins, get out there and see how it goes, be the leader or whatever you want to call it – just kind of create a little small business, go out there and play some music and see who wants to show up. Just getting out there and having somebody open up for me is pretty cool.”
Advance tickets are available at www.kbul.com and at the Lawlor Events Center box office at 1664 N. Virginia St. Details: 800-325-7328.