Billy Currington Has Sights Set on the Silver Screen
Billy Currington may seem to be living every artist's success story -- five No.1 songs, three top-five albums, a Grammy nomination, plus a slot on one of the hottest tours of the year, opening for Carrie Underwood -- but the singer says he has his sights set even higher.
"I want to be in a couple of movies," he tells Knoxville, Tenn. radio station WIVK. "I always wanted to be exactly like Kenny Rogers. I remember those movies like 'Six Pack,' 'The Gambler' and 'Coward of the Country.' I want to do those things too, not just because he did, but it's a passion I have, so eventually I want to get into that. It'll work out the way it's supposed to. I'm not forcing it."
Billy looks up to not only to singing actors ... but also those who play the bongos. "Somebody like Matthew McConaughey," he says. "I see a lot in him that I see in myself. He's just a beach guy, laid back."
Billy will have to put his acting aspirations on the back burner for the next few months. With 50 dates between now and the end of the year, Billy will spend most of his time on the road, playing all over the United States and Canada. And he wouldn't have it any other way.
"It was a bright day when I heard that," he recalls about the day he found out Carrie invited him on the tour. "Because she's humongous. She's a big artist and a lot of people are coming to see her. I just thought, 'Wow, we're fixin' to start playing in front of a lot of people that have never came to our show or heard our music before.' So, it's a blessing."
But with his Hollywood dreams, does he want to follow in Carrie's footsteps as well? "I definitely dream of doing stadiums," he tells The Boot. "It's always been a dream of playing the biggest places that exist. I just don't know those places yet, because I haven't been to them. But I definitely dream of playing a football stadium in Texas and close to my hometown in Georgia, and places like that. I think running around with people like Carrie Underwood, we'll get to play and we'll get to learn how to do those shows when it's our turn. So, that's one thing I'm grateful for is to open up for people as big as her, because we'll get there one day."
The fall leg of Carrie's tour kicks off October 13 and will run through December 19. Find tour dates here.