Kane Brown builds on his initial success with a bold, new "Experiment"

Sony Music NashvilleKane Brown admits his self-titled debut album was so unexpectedly successful, he found the prospect of making his second record daunting.

But instead of being intimidated, he decided to take some chances.

"There's not one song that sounds the same," he tells ABC Radio. "I called it Experiment, just because I was experimenting with a bunch of different instruments, and I was just all over place with it. So it's really just me, and me trying to have fun." 

One of the songs on the album, "Short Skirt Weather," is a throwback to Kane's beginnings.

"I wanted it to sound kind of nineties country..." he explains. "The first song I ever knew was 'I Like It, I Love It' by Tim McGraw, and that was the feel I was going for. And Dan Huff, the producer, played on that song, so he already knew how it sounded, and to me he killed it."

Initially, Kane wasn't sure the song's title was for him.

"I had a writer that said he wanted to write a song called 'Short Skirt Weather.' At first, I didn't like it," he admits, "so we just started messing around and we just had fun with it. We had a bunch of different things that we were saying in there that's now behind-the-scenes jokes. And it was just a fun song to write."  

Kane Brown's Experiment is available now.

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"For my version of country music to be recognized is really meaningful to me because I love where the genre came from," Kacey tells ABC Radio. "And to be able to be someone that's recognized in modern country, I mean, that's a goal for me. Y'know, I love country music. So it's really cool."

Kacey says that Golden Hour is different from her other releases because it's her "most personal record yet."

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As for the Female Vocalist category, Kacey hates to think that that she's competing with Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini to find out who's "better."

"Awards shows are silly because no one's 'better' than the other," she says. "That's not what music is about. Art is very subjective...everyone's different and that's what's cool about it...everyone's obviously winning and doing her own thing!"

That being said, Kacey admits that she doesn't actually consider herself to be "much of a vocalist" -- so, she says, "To be in a category with some really great singers is a big compliment."

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