Picks and Pans Review: 5 Things You Need to Know About ...
updated 08/23/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/23/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT
The Kansas-born breakout artist, 31, hit No. 1 on the country charts with "Lover, Lover."
1 HE DID ALL NINE VOCAL PARTS ON "LOVER, LOVER" HIMSELF
"The Beach Boys were a huge influence on the harmony ideas I have," he says.
2 JAMEY JOHNSON IS HIS BFF
"We used to be two Tasmanian devils on moonshine. But we've matured."
3 PRIMATES ARE ALSO HIS PALS
"In seventh grade I worked at an exotic animal park. I'd change the movies in the chimp cage. They loved Old Yeller."
4 HE'S ONE TOUGH BUSINESSMAN
"When I was 10, I'd have concerts-and charge my parents to come."
5 HE'S HELL ON WHEELS
"My parents owned a roller rink, and I was on the [roller] speed-skating team. Don't mess with me. I'll skate circles around you!"