Billy Currington Runs Through Life At Own Speed

Billy Currington has a no-rush policy. He doesn’t have to say it or put it in a contract: It’s written in his DNA.

The 36-year-old country singer from the Georgia coast recently released his fourth album, Enjoy Yourself, and the leadoff single, “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer,” hit the No. 1 spot at the same time for his sixth chart topper.

It’s a sign that he should continue to listen to his internal clock. Some of the songs he chose for the new album he found years ago, but they just didn’t feel right for a project until now.

“I just kept stashing them to the side,” he said in a recent interview.

Photo: Phil Bonyata /
Country Thunder 2010, Shadow Hill Ranch, Twin Lakes, Wisc.

When it came time to record the album, he had about 30 tracks. He eventually narrowed them to 10, including a cover of the Dave Barnes song, “Until You,” and one he co-wrote, “Bad Day of Fishing.” Currington says each track reflects a different aspect of his personality.

“I definitely would never record a song that didn’t fit me,” he said.

Currington is opening shows on Carrie Underwood’s 46-city tour this fall: “It’s a blessing because she’s so huge as an artist and brings so many people to the table that we’ve never seen, we’ve never played in front of.”

But life on the road means that he has no real home. Instead, he hops around to different parts of the country without committing to one location, whether it’s Hawaii, Georgia or Nashville: “Everywhere is just ‘Rent a place, rent an apartment, rent a whatever.'”

Home will be a tour bus for the next few months. When he’s out on the road, Currington stays in shape by running 30 minutes to an hour each day. He will usually take off for a run with one of his band members in the middle of the day.

“Wherever we’re at, whatever town, we just run the town and come back. It’s pretty simple,” he said. “No maps, no GPS, we just go. We always seem to find our way back.”

Musically, Currington is confident he’s on the right track for success. He’s just in no hurry to get to his ultimate destination. Right now he’s content to enjoy the journey.

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, Calif.

“What you see out there is pretty much what I am, very laid back,” he said. “In my own way I’m crazy, but I have fun with it. I love life. I love people, love what I do, love my family, and I’m always thankful for what I got.”

Click here for