Lawrence, who is constantly on the road, doing about 90 to 100 shows a year, somehow finds time to write music and tape his nationally syndicated country music radio show “Honky Tonkin’ With Tracy Lawrence.” The show is on more than 80 affiliate country radio stations.
“Everything is scheduled,” he said. “I live completely out of my calendar. I usually tape my radio shows every other Tuesday, but when we’re in the studio, I’m cutting some tracks on Tuesday so it got bumped to Wednesday, so I taped two shows on Wednesday this week and had my friend Collin Raye in. So we just have to juggle it in. There are times I might do two or three shows at a time and, you know, when I’m heading out on the road, we have to make sure that we get to everything we can, so it’s all about staying on top of the schedule.”
Lawrence plans to release new music next year.
“I’m working so much, and I’m really going to try to write the bulk of this album grabbing a day here and a day there to write and making sure I have plenty of great songs to choose from,” he said. “… I want to make sure it’s right, because this whole record from top to bottom will be more traditional than anything I’ve done in a long time. It’s going to be more on the honky-tonk side. I figure with the radio platform that I have it just feels comfortable right now and nobody else is really doing it. I like beating my own drum and doing my own thing. I really don’t want to be chasing the format, what the younger artists are doing. I really just want to go back and make the kind of country that I love.”
Last year, Lawrence released “Good Ole Days,” which features duets of his hits with up-and-coming stars such as Easton Corbin, Chris Young and Justin Moore, and big names in country music, including Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.
“I didn’t realize what kind of impact I had on a lot of these kids through the course of my career and how much the songs that I had, the hits I had over the years, these were influential songs for a lot of these young guys, and to be able to be in the studio and hear about just what they were doing when they heard ‘Alibis,’ ” he said. “You know, Justin Moore told me he grew up in Arkansas. I’m originally from Texas, but I grew up in southwest Arkansas, so I cut my teeth all around that area, and so Justin told me that I was like his Elvis, which was flattering, to say the least. Jason Aldean had a poster of me on his bedroom wall, which is kind of weird to me.”