Martina McBride looks back on her 25 years in country music

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Country legend Martina McBride has come home to country music.

Five years after releasing her last album of original music (she has since released a covers album called Everlasting), McBride is back and better than ever on Reckless. On the 10-track album, which was released at the end of April, McBride's connection to the material is evident, and her crystal-clear voice delivers.

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The country superstar's storied career has seen her sell over 14 million albums worldwide and win the Female Vocalist of the Year award at the CMAs four times. She has conquered the charts and conquered the hearts of her fans around the world, who have remained loyal over the last 25 years.

McBride has also continued to stress the importance of giving back over the years, and she's gearing up for a multi-city tour for Band Against Cancer this summer.

We hosted Martina McBride at our headquarters in New York City for a Facebook Live interview to talk about her outstanding new album Reckless, as well as her charity work, her family and her remarkable career as a country superstar.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 3: Martina McBride backstage at Country in the City 1992 at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park on October 3, 1992 in San Francisco California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
John Michael Montgomery, Martina McBride, and Linda Davis (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Martina McBride during 1994 Country Music 'Fanfest' at Pomona Fairgrounds in Pomona, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1994: Photo of Martina McBride Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Martina McBride during 30th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Martina McBRIDE; Martina McBride performing on stage (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
Martina McBride during The 24th Annual American Music Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Brian Austin Green and Martina McBride at the 24th Annual American Music Awards, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Martina McBride during 'Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Taylor: A Celebration of Life' at The Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Martina McBride during 33rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at Universal Ampitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Martina McBride and daughter during Martina McBride Sighting at Los Angeles International Airport - April, 21, 1997 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Martina McBride during Martina McBride Performs in Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. (Photo by Mark Peterman/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1523 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guest Martina McBride performs on January 6, 1999 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Martina McBride during The 41st Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arista Records Pre-GRAMMY Party at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Martina McBride during 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at Universal Ampitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1523 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Martina McBride, host Jay Leno during an interview on January 6, 1999 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
1/4/99 Los Angeles, CA Martina McBride at the 42nd annual Grammy Awards nominations. Photo Brenda Chase Online USA
Martina Mcbride during The 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
2/23/00 Los Angeles, CA. Martina McBride at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards. Photo by Ryan Scott/Online USA, Inc.
Martina McBride during The 35th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Arrivals and Press Room at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Martina McBride arrives for the 34th Annual CMA Awards at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, TN, 10/4/00. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1889 -- Pictured: Musical guest Martina McBride performs on August 9, 2000 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
383938 15: Country artist Martina McBride performs during the 28th Annual American Music Awards January 8, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)
Martina McBride on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios in Los Angeles, Ca. 9/25/01. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Martina McBride during The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's 7th 'Grand Slam for Children' Fundraiser - Show at The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 6: Singer Martina McBride poses backstage during the 36th Annual CMA Awards (Country Music Association) at the Grand Ole Opry House on November 6, 2002 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Bob Schatz/Getty Images)
Martina McBride (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Martina McBride, winner of Best Female Vocalist (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Martina McBride during 38th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Arrivals at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Bill Davila/FilmMagic)
Martina McBride (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 5: (l-r) Singer Martina McBride accepts the award for 'Female Vocalist of the Year' from Faith Hill at the '37th Annual CMA Awards' at the Grand Ole Opry House November 5, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
Martina McBride (Photo by Frank Mullen/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MAY 14: Singer Martina McBride performs on the 'Today Show' in Rockefeller Center, May 14, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Eells/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 9: Martina McBride arrives at the 38th Annual CMA Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House November 9, 2004 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Russell/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Singer Martina McBride attends the 39th Annual Country Music Association Awards at Madison Square Garden November 15, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Martina McBride during The 39th Annual CMA Awards - SONY BMG After Party - Red Carpet at Gotham Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage for Sony BMG Music Entertainment)
Martina McBride during 41st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Arrivals at MGM Grand Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Martina McBride (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
Martina McBride during CMA Music Festival - Nightly Concert at The Coliseum - Day 3 at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
Martina McBride during The 40th Annual CMA Awards - Arrivals at Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
Martina McBride during Perfect Stranger New York Premiere - Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Country music star Martina McBride performs during NBC News' 'Today' kick-off Concert Series on May 11, 2007 (Photo by Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 24: Martina McBride performs during the NBC 'Today Show' concert series at Rockefeller Center on August 24, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
Musician Martina McBride attends the 42nd Annual CMA Awards at the Sommet Center on November 12, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Tony R. Phipps/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 05: Musician Martina McBride arrives at the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 13: Martina McBride performs at the 2009 CMA Music Festival at LP Field on June 13, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 16: Martina McBride attends the 2009 CMT Music Awards at the Sommet Center on June 16, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 11: Martina McBride and George Strait perform onstage during the 43rd Annual CMA Awards at the Sommet Center on November 11, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 16: Singer/Songwriter Martina McBride performs during the Music City Keep on Playin' benefit concert at the Ryman Auditorium on May 16, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
THE CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL - The ABC Summer Block Party is back and ready to rock at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. The party got started on Friday, June 11, continued through Saturday, June 12 (11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., CT). The premiere Country Music festival will be taped for a special, 'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock,' airing Wednesday, September 1 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. (Photo by Jon LeMay/ABC via Getty Images) MARTINA MCBRIDE
TODAY -- Pictured: Martina McBride appears on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 09: Musician Martina McBride attends the launch party for Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey at the Marathon Building on November 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 10: ***EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE*** Pat Monahan of the rock band Train and country singer/songwriter Martina McBride perform during a Taping Of CMT Crossroads at Rocketown on November 10, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. CMT Crossroads Premieres Saturday, November 20 at 8pm EST on CMT. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT: Country Music Television)
PEMBROKE PINES, FL - JANUARY 30: Martina McBride performs at the 99.9 Kiss Country Chili Cook Off on January 30, 2011 in Pembroke Pines, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 03: Singer/songwriter Martina McBride arrives at the 46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards RAM Red Carpet held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rick Diamond/ACMA2011/Getty Images for ACM)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 14: Martina McBride performs during a taping for CMTâs INVITATION ONLY premiering Monday, October 17, 2011 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT on April 14, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 22: Martina McBride and Kelly Clarkson attends the 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony induction at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 22, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ed Rode/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Singers Martina McBride (L) and Shania Twain (R) attend the 2011 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Musician Martina McBride visits the Empire State Building and lights it pink on October 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Big Machine)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - NOVEMBER 14: Martina McBride performs during the WKIS Country Stars and Guitars concert at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on November 14, 2011 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 10: Recording artist Martina McBride performs during the opening night of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on March 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for The Smith Center)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Martina McBride attends the Broadway opening night of 'Ghost, The Musical' at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 29: Martina McBride performs at the 2012 Stagecoach Country Music Festival - Indio, CA - Day 3 on April 29, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Singers Luis Fonsi (L) and Martina McBride perform onstage at the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NCLR)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 16: Singer/Songwriter Martina McBride performs at Darius Rucker's induction into The Grand Ole Opry on October 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 08: Martina McBride performs during the Rays Summer Concert Series at Tropicana Field on June 8, 2013 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 22: Martina McBride and George Strait perform during Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones - Show at Bridgestone Arena on November 22, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 30: Martina McBride performs at The Louisville Palace on November 30, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Singer Martina McBride attends the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Carole King at Los Angeles Convention Center on January 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Martina McBride attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: Singer Martina McBride attends the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rick Diamond/ACMA2014/Getty Images for ACM)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 10: Martina McBride visits 'EXTRA' at Westfield Century City on April 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images for Extra at Westfield Century City)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 26: Martina McBride performs during the 2014 Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on October 26, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 19: Singer-songwriter Martina McBride performs onstage during the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for dcp)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 19: Singer-songwriter Martina McBride attends the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 27: Martina McBride (pictured) In Conversation With Dave Stewart To Promote His New Book 'Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This: A Life In Music' at Two Old Hippies on February 27, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 03: Martina McBride attends the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MAY 01: Singer Martina McBride attends the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards at The Forum on May 01, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MAY 01: (L-R) Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride and Cam perform at the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards at The Forum on May 1, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MAY 01: Martina McBride performs on stage at the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards at The Forum on May 1, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Martina McBride performs at the AT&T AUDIENCE Network Concert Series on May 02, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harmony Gerber/WireImage)
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Check out our full conversation with Martina McBride below:

Your brand new album, Reckless, just came out! How does it feel to have all of this new material out in the world for your fans?

It's awesome! It's been five years since I put out an album of all originals. Just having the songs finished and out there, I'm just really proud of it and how it sounds. It's awesome.

Are you happy with how it's been received?

Of course I am! Unless I'm just not seeing it, all of the response has been really positive and the reviews have been good. I'm happy about that.

As you said, it's been five years since you last released an album of all original songs. Where did you draw inspiration from over the last five years for this collection of songs?

Taking a step back, I made an album called Everlasting, of R&B and soul covers. Just getting away from [country music] for a minute and doing a different kind of project and having time to recharge and get excited and miss it [was important]. We gotta step away to miss things every once in a while! I was really just excited to get back into the studio, and I had a lot of time to look through songs -- I wasn't rushed -- and have time to get the right material.

Tell me about the title track, "Reckless"? It's a really beautiful track with an equally as beautiful music video. What's that song about?

When I first head "Reckless," I was blown away. It was so vulnerable and really just a song about gratitude for unconditional love. I've told this story before, but I met my husband when I was 20 years old and singing in clubs in Kansas until three in the morning. I wasn't in the best place; I was probably partying too much. I met John and he really saw me, despite all of that. He was patient and kind and really lifted me up, and he made me a better person. He saw the person that I was and was crazy enough to love me unconditionally. We've been married for 28 years, and that's what the song means to be. But the song can also mean many, many things: It can be about a parent or a best friend or whomever that does that for you.

One of my favorite songs off of Reckless is your collaboration with Keith Urban, "Diamond." How did that come about?

He sang with me a few albums ago, and I loved the way our voices sounded together. We were sitting around the studio -- "Diamond" was finished -- and it needed something to kick it up a notch. So I said, "Let's ask Keith!" So I texted him -- yes, I do have his number [Laughs] -- and he said he would do it. He was really busy with "Idol" and his own record, but he said he would do it, and I think it sounds great.

You've previously said that recording this album felt like "coming home." Is that because you were "coming home" to country music after recording a covers album?

Yeah, I think so. It's fun to do covers -- I would be in a cover band if I could -- and we all love to sing karaoke, but by "coming home" I think I meant music that I felt so connected to and can bring to life in another way.

The song "Just Around The Corner" is incredibly powerful and provides an uplifting message. I understand it's connected to one of the charitable organizations you're working with -- can you explain that connection a bit?

We've teamed up with Sarah Cannon for Band Against Cancer, which is a campaign that involves us doing five shows throughout the year to raise money for cancer research. They have chosen "Just Around the Corner" for their theme song. It's a song about hope and about getting through something and realizing there is hope "just around the corner." It can be applied to any situation, but it's particularly fitting for what they're doing. You can go to BandAgainstCancer.com to find out the dates. We have a you couple dates in Texas, one in Denver and one in Nashville.

Why is cancer such a personal issue for you to spread awareness about?

I feel like it affects all of us at some level. Fortunately, I haven't had to deal with it directly -- knock on wood -- in a super personal way, but I found the song, "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," a couple of years ago and recorded it and -- just like I got involved with domestic violence through the song "Independence Day" -- sometimes you just find a song that wakes you up to certain things and make you realize that you can use that song to go a little further to make a difference.

How important is it for you to use your platform as a celebrity and as a performer to give back?

I think it's important. It's important to me, but I don't judge people that don't do it. It's not right for everybody, but it's just such an opportunity, you know? When I talk, people listen. So, using that to make the world a better place is a blessing. I have my own initiative, Team Music Is Love, [which] used to be called Team Martina, but we're transitioning it to be called Team Music Is Love because Music is love and it connects people.

It's very fan-oriented -- a fan started it! -- and fans have come up with whatever charities they want to work with in their own communities. Sometimes they'll do things in the towns that I'm performing in, showing up early to go to a food bank or a shelter and work in the community where I'm doing a show later that night. It's really cool! [Go to] TeamMusicIsLove.com if you want to join us -- we're growing very fast and what I love about it is that it's very fan-initiated. It's not necessarily stuff that I come up with, it's stuff that people feel passionate about in their own communities and they want to connect with people that also feel passionate about that and make a difference.

And you're supporting the fans that have supported you for so many years!

Yeah! It's awesome.

Fan-submitted question: Would you ever want to have your own cooking show?

I think that would be fun to have a cooking show, yeah! I'd have to work on my knife skills a little. [Laughs] I'm a home cook, you know? I'm not a trained chef; I don't know a lot of that stuff. When you watch me cook, people would probably say, "Oh no, that's all wrong!" But it would be a fun thing to try.

What do you consider to be your biggest achievement career-wise?

That's a really hard question! A turning point in my career was when we won the CMA for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1999. That really gave us some momentum, and we had worked hard for that since 1992. It took a while, which was really gratifying. I'm not just talking about me: I'm talking about my crew, my band, my record company -- everybody it takes to make a career like this go. It wasn't just immediate. It was so exciting and gratifying. I always say, I felt like Cinderella that night.

What about your biggest personal accomplishment?

My daughters! I have three daughters: 21, 18 and 10. Just watching them grow into these amazing people -- they're very cool and very compassionate, beautiful souls. They're not spoiled, and they don't want a lot of stuff. In this industry I could've spoiled them, [but] John and I were both raised in the Midwest with those very mainstream Midwest values, and we passed that on. They're just great people, and we have a lot of fun together. They're so funny! The best compliment I get is when people say, "Your kids are amazing!" I'm like, "I know they are!" Not that I had a lot to do with it, but ... [Laughs]

What's your favorite album of yours?

I can't do that one, but I'll give you a few! I love Evolution, because I felt like it was an evolution with me musically. We really moved forward with that record. I loved Emotion because I remember, when I made that record, I was influenced by some other stuff. I had gone out and done the Lilith Fair, so I was listening to a lot of indie rock, and I came back really fired up to incorporate some of that into my sound. I think we accomplished that with that record, and it was really sonically challenging and cool. I also love the Martina record, because I love those songs. I love the Shine record, because I feel like that's the best I sang, probably. Then the new one, of course, Reckless I honestly feel like it's one of my best records. I just love it!

Fan-submitted question: Do you have any plans for a Reckless tour?

We are working on it! I'm still coming up with creative ideas. When I do a new tour, I always love to come up with something a little different. At the basis of it, I want [this tour] to be a very musical experience, so I'll probably pull out some old album cuts and songs we haven't done for a while. I want it to be a mix of the new album -- get familiar with it, because otherwise you'll be lost! -- and some stuff that we haven't done for many, many years.

There's a song called "From The Ashes" that I'd love to do, and we haven't done it for six years. The true fans are really going to enjoy it, because it's very musical and, at some point, you have to not be a human jukebox and trust the audience will go with you and follow you there.

Fan-submitted question: What's your favorite song on Reckless?

That's hard, because I don't record anything I don't absolutely love. I love "Reckless" and "Just Around the Corner." There's a song on here called "The Real Thing," which is cool because it's such a modern lyric -- it's talking about how we have cyber clouds, digital streams, fake tans, reality shows and everything is just one step away from reality, but sometimes we just have to step back and have the real thing. It's set against this really rootsy, country background.

What's been the craziest thing a fan has ever done for you?

I've had several fans get my autograph tattooed on them. It's flattering!

Looking back, what's something you would've changed

I would've toured more overseas in Australia and the UK. What happened was, when I was at a place when I could do that full force, I had kids that were in school. I wanted them to go to regular school and have the same experience I had. When they started school, we cut back on my touring. We couldn't invest the time it took to go over there for an extended amount of time. I wouldn't change anything with my kids -- they turned out great! -- but I wish I could've toured overseas more. I wish we could do that more in the future!

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