OFFSTAGE: Kevin Bacon on Hearing Lee Brice in His Prius

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OFFSTAGE: Kevin Bacon on Hearing Lee Brice in His Prius

Published on March 26, 2013 by CMT News

The Bacon Brothers
(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of
the spotlight.)

You don’t have to drive a truck to fall in love with Lee
‘s “I Drive Your Truck.” In fact, for Kevin Bacon,
it happened in a Prius. In talking to Bacon and his brother Michael about their band, the
Bacon Brothers
, the conversation came around to country music. “I love storytelling,” Kevin said. “I love a great country
song. I love that feeling in the third verse when the lyrics give you chills. When it works, it’s fantastic.” And then he
told me about discovering Brice’s new song. “One of the best songs on my iPod is ‘I Drive Your Truck.’ I just happened to
be driving — not my truck, but my Prius — and I heard it, and it’s just got so much going for it, including a very strong
anti-war message. I love that song. When someone puts that together with the same kind of chords and the same instrumentation
and the same words from the English language, but shapes it in a new way, I just love it.”

Other country songs
the brothers Bacon are loving? “Do we still call Taylor Swift country?”
Kevin said. “Because I think she’s a really good songwriter. And I thought Blake
did a great job with ‘Footloose.’ When Michael and I first put the band together, I thought we might as well embrace
the beast, as it were, so we’ve covered that song a lot in our shows.” (Kevin, of course, starred in the original Footloose

Michael leans a little country, too, saying he became a fast fan when Bob Dylan and Johnny
got together in the ’60s and fused folk and country ­­– and then later when he and Kevin became friends
with the Bellamy Brothers and played the Grand Ole Opry. But
the song he says just kills him is Alan Jackson‘s “Drive.”

Kevin and I were growing up, our father was an incredibly busy guy,” he said. “But for two weeks out of the year, we’d go
to this lake up in the Adirondacks, and all the sudden, our father was totally relaxed. He had boats and motors, and so this
song is an amazing little novel of a fulfilled life. His songs just come through like that for me. I can’t listen to it without

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