Justin Timberlake may go country on his next album, says Timbaland

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Can Justin Timberlake Pull Off A Country Album? He And Timbaland May Want To Find Out.

Justin Timberlake seems to be high but not on music for a change as he was spotted talking trash publically while holding his drinking glass and walked out of a Chris Stapleton concert in Los Angeles.Justin Timberlake’s country roots are no secret – and he’s hinted at a possible country album for years – but a new interview with Timbaland is giving us all hope that Timberlake + Timbo + twang might actually happen. The ‘Mirrors’ hit-maker went to see ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ pal play at the El Rey Theater, but it appeared he had a lot during the show because he looked completely drunk, TMZ.com reported.

And while this may come as a shock to fans, it shouldn’t: Justin hails from the south, and he’s been vocal about his love of country music in the past, even bringing out country superstar Garth Brooks during one of his performances in Nashville last year. Timbaland told TMZ that a country album might be coming after JT’s performance with Chris Stapleton at the Country Music Awards (and the resulting sales bump in The 20/20 Experience‘s hick-leaning “Drink You Away”). “He’s from Tennessee, I’m from Virginia. Although “Drink You Away” appears on his 2013 album The 20/20 Experience, Timberlake recently released it to country radio based on the song’s popularity after he and Chris Stapleton performed it live. During his encore, Stapleton sang “Tennessee Whiskey,” the song that turned him into a much-faster-than-overnight sensation on the CMA Awards telecast.

But he wasn’t done yet. “You guys okay if we play the blues here?” he asked before launching into the real climax of the show, “Sometimes I Cry,” a slow, thoroughly stripped-down gut-punch of a soul ballad. He’s nervous about the public perception, but he’s a country boy at heart, and it’s something he’s always wanted to do.” The tabloid’s questionable “insider” also goes on to claim that Timberlake will begin working on a supposed country album very soon. Just in case you are doubting JT’s ability to turn out a sh*t-kicking country classic, take a gander at all the other impossible stuff that he has pulled off in his improbably long career. As far as whether his experimentation with the genre could result in a whole album in the genre with Timberlake, Timbo suggested, “Now that you put it out there, why not?”

We thought some of our lyrics were country.” Timbaland admits that he’s interested in breaking into country music, especially since he’s already got a property in Nashville. Throw in the right TV exposure and suddenly you’ve got someone poised to claim the triple crown of support from critics, awards, and average Joes. “You’re the real deal, Chris!” yelled one of the crowd’s designated spokesman.

That’s what separates his music from everybody else’s.” And while Timberlake has produced country songs before, he’s not leaving other genres and “going country” from here on in, as claimed by Star. Stapleton didn’t overtly acknowledge his suddenly changed fortunes in any way, other than to say “It sounds like a few of you have heard this record I have” after the first couple of numbers became sing-alongs.

We have busted the magazine repeatedly for a slew of inaccurate reports about Timberlake, including a few untrue covers that claimed he and his wife Jessica Biel were divorcing. The only real effect on his touring show is that “Tennessee Whiskey” has finally been moved back from its third, fourth, or fifth position in the set to an inevitable encore slot. He opened Monday’s show with “Might as Well Get Stoned,” which, with its references to troubles around the world as well as personal ones, might have been his subtle nod to the current troubles in Europe.

A newly penned number, “Tipsy,” ventured into Black-Crowes-doing-Stones territory, with Morgane being the Lisa Fischer to her husband’s hard-riffing Keith Richards. When she occasionally took a break, there was just a trio on stage, which made this “Tennessee Whiskey” very different from the horn-driven soul-revue version Timberlake helped mount for the CMAs. His vocals come with a turbo-boost feature where, a couple of minutes into certain songs, he’d suddenly go up an octave for a phrase or two, which would be only mildly startling if he didn’t also at that same instant start singing twice as loud.

If the compression of recorded audio compression has made you forget what kinds of dynamics a live sound system can provide, hearing Stapleton launch into overdrive on a dime can leave you looking for the shoes you got knocked out of. And there’s no need to go over the top on a tune like “Nobody to Blame,” which, not surprisingly, is his new single for country radio, being the closest thing to traditional country in his set. Much has been said about how Stapleton might be too left-field for that format, but actually, the Southern rock flavor he favors on much of the Traveller material is pretty in-the-pocket for modern country. It’s more his Gregg-Allman-on-steroids voice that makes him a bit of an odd man out… and live, more than on record, the fact that everything gets distinctly bluesier. The only disappointment of the set was that Stapleton didn’t augment it with any of the hits he’s co-written for country stars over the years, although you can understand that he might not want to confuse the rockers who are coming out to see him with a Kenny Chesney “cover.” Not did he do any material from his old bluegrass band, the SteelDrivers, although those numbers have been showing up at other stops along the tour.

He made up for any of that Monday by going the extra mile on real covers, going directly from “You Are My Sunshine” into a delightfully unrecognizable arrangement of Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know What It’s Like,” rendered here as a cheerful rock shuffle.

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