AOL: What's the story behind 'Somewhere Else'?
Keith: It's one of my favorite songs. 'Somewhere Else' is a song that me and Bobby Pinson wrote and the second we finished it, I said, "That's got to be a single." I really like the cleverness of the word play in it and how quick the story develops in your head. It illustrates itself in your mind pretty quick, and the melody's infectious.
AOL: You pulled a funny -- and fruitful -- stunt this year in the formation of your 'anonymous' cover band, Incognito Bandito. How did that come about?
Keith: I was in the studio the last couple of years doing work on albums, and the players in there are just session hoppin' all year long. They're the greatest players on the planet, and they go from one session to another, just bouncing all over Nashville. I heard one of them talking about being out with Delbert McClinton. And I said, "What if we formed a band that you weren't side guys in it? We're just a group, and we play blues and blues country covers -- old favorite roadhouse cover songs. We just show up at a bar in New York City and say, 'Incognito Bandito is coming, and don't tell them who we are!' Just show up and freak people out, and get to do what we want to do at a bar for a while instead of playing amphitheatres and arenas." And they said, "We'd love it!"
So we called ourselves Incognito Bandito, went to the Fillmore in New York City, walked in, played it. It was an amazing show. We lifted four tracks we recorded at the show that night and put them on the deluxe edition of this 'Bullets and Gun' album. There's the Gordon Lightfoot song, 'Sundown' and 'Chug a Lug' by Roger Miller ... So we do about five or six of these shows a year.