Storme Warren’s “The Highway Hot 30 LIVE” show on SiriusXM’s “The Highway” had a special visitor on Friday when Justin Timberlake stopped by to chat. Justin was in Nashville for a tour stop at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and used the opportunity to chat with Storme about country music, saying that his dreams of being a country star are “still alive.” They also discussed Justin’s new single, “Drink You Away,” which is a melting pot of genres.
“I just did an interview and I said ‘I’m America, that’s what I am,” Justin said. “In all sense of the word. Grew up outside of Memphis, Tennessee. Listened to country music, R&B music, classic rock, you know, everything. You know what I love about Nashville too, you don’t have to have an official single to have a single. That’s my favorite part about the scene in Nashville.”
“Drink You Away” was written by Justin, who admits the lyrics would be at home on country radio. “It’s a country song to me,” he said. “Obviously my voice sounds the way it does, but…” Storme decided to spin the song to let the audience be the judge. “This is legendary right now,” Justin said. “I just want to say, I’m going to be on The Highway. Let me just enjoy this moment.”
Storme also pointed out that Justin is nominated for Artist of the Year at the upcoming American Music Awards but also for favorite Soul, R&B Male Artist and Album and favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist and Album. Justin was appreciative of Storme’s support but deadpanned that he still has his eyes on one other prize.
“I still got my eyes set on a ‘Best Country Album,’” he said before laughing. “There is time for that.”
“This is step one,” Storme replied. “This is just step one.”