Kevin Costner doesn't want fans to forget about his illustrious film career. He just wants to see if they like his music, too.

The Oscar-winning actor was in Nashville this week, making his Grand Ole Opry debut with his band, Modern West. The country-rockers also played two shows in Music City's bustling downtown to crowds of thousands. Costner admits most people likely came out for the "curiosity factor," but he hopes to make a new connection with them.

"I think the worst thing I could do would be to try to divorce myself of what I've done and show up in black leather pants and go, 'I'm a serious musician,'" Costner tells the Boot, laughing. "That would not only not be who I am, I think that's a fundamental mistake ... I love that we've had this relationship based on the movies. What we all hope for is for our relationships to expand and surprise us."

The six Modern West friends have been writing and playing together for almost two decades, but Costner tells us it was his wife, Christine, who convinced him to book more live performances. That lead to a record deal with Nashville's Universal South, which released the debut album from Kevin Costner and Modern West, 'Untold Truths,' this week. Costner admits it may have been his fame that opened musical doors for him, but he hopes the music will prove itself.

"Just because you're famous doesn't mean you should automatically be listened to," he tells The Boot. "I understand the advantages of what I have, and I'm very cognizant of the disadvantages. And I can only try to make that that go away within the first minute of playing."

Read our full interview with Kevin Costner here
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