AOL: There are a lot of heartbreak songs on this new album, and you've been happily married for 26 years. Where do you find this inspiration -- is yours the shoulder your single friends cry on?
Keith: It's amazing how with some of these albums, people say there's a lot of leaving songs on here, a lot of drinking songs or whatever, but it's really just a process of coming in at the end of the year with 50 songs you wrote and narrowing it to the ten best. It just happened that those ten were the best songs on the album, but it might be anything next time. We might go back to drinking on the next one!
AOL: There's a bit of drinking going on in the 'Trailerhood' though! We hear there's a great story behind that song and its video.
Keith: When I was 19 years old, I moved off my parents' farm into town. I had an apartment, and I just got cabin fever. I couldn't stand living in the city in that cramped up little apartment, so believe it or not I went out and bought a trailer house at a trailer park and lived in it for about a year and a half. Everything in 'Trailerhood' happened in that: There was a guy that had a poker game. There was a guy that taught taught driving school classes at night. I had a plastic pool, and all that stuff. And we live in Oklahoma, so there's a lot of tornadoes, and you don't want to be living in a trailer house when a tornado comes. There's absolutely no protection, so that's the biggest fear that 'Walmartians' have when they live in 'Trailerhood' is the tornado coming. So if it misses you, it's a celebration, and I drew from that. I wrote that song with a big smile on my face.
The video we shot in a trailer park outside of Nashville. We had eight or ten actors and actresses to play the part, and all of the people who lived in the trailer park came out to watch the video shoot, and I invited them over to sing with me. We put them around my lawn chair and my cooler, and they just came dressed as they were. What you see is exactly how they dressed out of their closet, and it's awesome. It's so organic and real ... and fun at the same time.