Country star Chris Young plays Foxwoods Resort Casino on Feb. 3
Country star Chris Young was preparing for a show in Denver when we caught him by phone to chat about his new world tour, which includes a concert at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Saturday, Feb. 3.
Young, 32, said he would have loved to hit some ski slopes while in Colorado, but there just wasn’t time. The singer-songwriter’s schedule was tightly packed, as it has been for the last decade. It was 2006 when Young won the top spot on television’s “Nashville Star,” a singing competition similar to “American Idol,” but with a country focus. He’s been writing music, performing and releasing albums ever since.
Known for such No. 1 hits as “Gettin’ You Home” and “Tomorrow,” Young is touring in support of his latest album, “Losing Sleep.”
“This record is really special to me for a lot of reasons,” said Young, who hails from Tennessee. “It’s my seventh on RCA, which is a crazy thing to even think about — that I got this far.”
In the catchy title song, “Losing Sleep,” he entices a lover to spend time between the sheets. “From the very first day we wrote it and started playing it for a few people, people I trust, it was always a front-runner. It’s really cool to see the response to this single and to the album.”
Foxwoods Resort Casino, Grand Theater, 350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket. Saturday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. $55, $35. 800-200-2882, www.foxwoods.com
Friendly and humble on the phone, Young laughed when asked about the woman who inspired such lyrics as “Turn all the lights down low. / Baby, let’s just lose control. / I can handle every single curve, you know.”
“No, I never name names,” he said. Though everything he writes “has a little bit of a personal touch,” Young said he knows others don’t always do it that way. But he said, “It’s tough for me to write about something I don’t know about, so there is always a tie back to my life.”
Discussing another tune on the album, Young said, “Where I Go When I Drink” was written with Trent Tomlinson and Tyler Reeve. The heartfelt song isn’t about a physical place, but about memories of a lost love.
At first it didn’t flow, Young said. But after an hour and a half of no progress, Tomlinson decided a piano would help, and it did the trick. “That song literally fell out in probably 45 minutes. It was one of those things that clicked. I’m a sucker for a great breakup song.”
Young said Saturday’s show “will be stuff from the radio and a couple of surprises. ... Everything will be as big as we can make it and I am pumped for that. I want to make it so if you put your money down, you’re gonna want to come early and stay late, enjoy the whole thing.”
“Losing Sleep” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, as did Young’s previous studio album, “I’m Comin’ Over.” When asked about his secret for success, he chuckled. “I don’t have one at all. I’ve been really lucky, not only that I’ve either written or found the right song at the right time, but there is a huge team around me whether for touring, a song or an album. I just re-signed with RCA. ... There’s a lot of people involved who don’t get thanked very often, but should.”
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