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Shinedown frontman Brent Smith has revealed in a new segment of the "Beacon Moment" video interview series that it was the theme song to the '70s TV show The Dukes Of Hazzard that inspired him to become a musician himself. According to Loudwire, Smith explained, "I was about four years old and I had a love for the television show The Dukes Of Hazzard. The funny thing was that I loved the theme song so much that my grandmother got me a 45 of just the Waylon Jennings song."
Smith continued, "I would play it just over and over and over and over again, and honestly I knew pretty much from that moment that I wanted to be a singer. It's funny cause I would tell my parents, 'I want to do what the man's doing, like on the song.' And they were like, 'Oh, you want to be a guitar player or be in a band?' and I was like, 'No, I'm gonna be a singer.'"
Smith added that once he knew his path, he started on it at an early age. He said, "I started writing songs when I was probably six, at least in my mind I did."
Aside from The Dukes Of Hazzard, Smith said that his father was also a big musical influence in his life, turning him onto soul artists like Otis Redding.
Shinedown plays in Nampa, Idaho on Tuesday (September 25th) as part of the second-to-last date of the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival tour. That trek comes to a close on Sunday (September 30th) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The band will also appear at the Rock Vegas festival on Thursday (September 28th) and the Desert Uprising festival in Phoenix on Friday (September 29th).
Shinedown continues to support its fourth album, Amaryllis, which debuted at Number Four on the Billboard album chart earlier this year.