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'After 17' is a song I wrote when my first daughter went to college, so that's kind of where I'm at in that part of my life. If you listen to that song and knew anything about me, you'd say, 'Oh yeah, he wrote that about his daughter,' but I try not to write them that they are so specific that they wouldn't apply to anybody that has a child.

I think every album you have, especially if it's done well, you feel like you're competing with yourself.

I think if you retire from touring then people think you are retired.

I've had to live with women all my life. I grew up with four older sisters, and I was the baby and the only boy.

I really was a fan of his and always have been - his writing especially, you know? I think people a lot of times overlook that part, because he kind of got into that party character so heavy.

I mean, I am driven and laid-back at the same time.

I'm usually just enjoying life.

I've always said that if you have songs on the radio and get played, you've got to have a tour to support that.

I've always stood up for country music.

I've had several working-man songs that I like.

If you can last until you're 40 years old, hopefully you'll be mature enough to figure out the rest of the years.

If you just do 50 to 60 shows a year, it's not that much time away from home.

Oklahoma's always been good to me.

The music business doesn't take up that much of my time. I probably should put a little more energy into it.

For some reason I've been labeled that and it's fine, but there are a lot of other artists that sing real traditional stuff, so I don't know why they picked me. That's what I've always done.

Hee Haw was probably my biggest exposure to live music at a young age, because there wasn't any live music around my town and no one in my family played instruments.

You have to be tough-skinned and willing to accept criticism, and at the same time, just try to do music that you like and you are proud of and not just whatever you think it's going to take to get you on the radio.

I've always wanted to make a bluegrass album.

A country song is a song about life.

As long as I'm still able to have a hit on the radio and sell a few albums and some tickets, I don't see that it would be worth retiring.