The next thing we hear from 3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold might not be what we expect.
Arnold tells us that after the group comes off the road in September he plans to get to work in earnest on his first solo album -- which he says will be country rather than rock:
"I know that sounds kind of crazy, but then you hear me talk and it doesn't sound so crazy. 'Cause I grew up in south Mississippi lovin' country music. I want to just have fun with it for a minute and see what happens and then come back and make another 3 Doors Down record, but in the meantime of being out and doing that whole country process still be working on a new 3 Doors Down album, too. So if it takes a year and cycles through...everybody's cool with me doing it. And it's always been something I've wanted to do, 'cause that's what I grew up on, about as much as rock 'n' roll was, on country."
Arnold says he has "two or three" songs that are "for sure" with the album, and he's been working with 3 Doors Down collaborators Marti Frederiksen and Zac Malloy.
He plans to work with other writers as well and will choose a producer once he has enough material together to start recording. 3 Doors Down begins a summer tour with Daughtry on July 3, with Justin Biltonen still filling in for bassist and co-founder Todd Harrell while he faces charges of Vehicular Homicide in Tennessee from an April 20 accident that killed Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr.
Harrell is currently free on $100,000 bail and is going through rehab, with a trial date set for July 23.
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