"I grew up on country, I grew up on a lot of classics, but I'm a child of the '80s so I also grew up on rock 'n' roll. I mean, I grew up onAC/DC, METALLICA. So a lot of that comes out in my music and in our live show."
A.) Jason Aldean
B.) Randy Houser
C.) Luke Bryan
D.) Dierks Bentley
E.) Blake Shelton
F.) Eric Church
ANSWER. F.) ERIC CHURCH, in "Paste" magazine, on why his music bridges the gap between country and rock. He adds, quote, "On the country side, I would say the lyrics lean more towards country.
"But from a musical standpoint, I think we're going to rock as hard, I think we're going to rock harder, than the so-called "rock guys" that are there."
He does have a point. Not too many acts can slide from a country crowd one night to a rock festival like Lollapalooza the next. He says, quote, "The thing about a lot of our stuff when people see it live, it's a very in-your-face, rock 'n' roll type show.
"It's not me trying to be that because I think that's what will appeal, that's what I grew up on. It's certainly a fabric that makes up the clothes of what I am."