3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold plans to let his inner country boy loose on his first-ever solo album, which he hopes to release in 2014.
Arnold tells Billboard that he's already started work on the set, which he hopes will be out early next summer. "I know it sounds crazy, but I grew up in south Mississippi loving country music," Arnold notes. "It's always been something I've wanted to do, 'cause that's what I grew up on, about as much on country as on rock 'n' roll. Everybody's cool with me doing it, so I want to just go back and have fun with it for a minute and see what happens and then come back and make another 3 Doors Down record."
Arnold has been writing with 3 Doors Down collaborators Marti Frederiksen and Zac Malloy, as well as other Nashville country hitmakers. "I've got like two or three (songs) that are for sure now," he says. "I just want it to be a good, honest record, kind of timeless songs you can listen to in 20 years and still enjoy. In a way some of our 3 Doors Down stuff isn't a real far shot from country. I don't really want to reach too far away from this kind of stuff I already do. Country and rock are about as close as they've ever been. So I just have to write and see what we come up with."