Chris Janson is still riding high off his hit “Buy Me a Boat” and “Holding Her,” which is currently creeping up the charts, but he’s already planning to release a new album in the next year.
“I have been writing my butt off and I have been recording my butt off,” he said. “The new record is gonna have a lot of the same direction, a lot of new direction as well, because you gotta keep it moving, gotta keep it fresh.”
Before taking the stage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas over the weekend, Janson sat down with Rolling Stone Country to chat about his plans for the recording and the year ahead.
For one, he’ll be recording with the same group of musicians that he used on his Buy Me a Boat album. He’ll also be writing music with his wife Kelly Lynn, a handful of new songwriters, and some of the tried-and-true songwriters with whom he’s worked in the past.
“There are some new guitar sounds,” he said. “Frankly, with some of the new things I’ve been writing, I’ve been trying to get out of my wheelhouse a little bit. I tend to lean naturally a little neo-traditionalist country guy and it’s going to be a lot of that infused with some new sounds. I’ll leave that for the listeners to take a peek at when I get some new music. It will not be long. It will be in the new year.”
Something else that may be on the horizon for Janson is a live album. The singer is known for his high-energy live shows, so he’d like to capture that spirit in a future release.
“I think there is a time and place for that. I’d like to see a couple more singles get big,” he said. “This year I just didn’t have time to do it. The Buy Me a Boat Tour was crazy. I’m a weird guy like that. I have to really block out time to record things, block out time to write things. I have to have time to think about it. I’m a little methodical.”