Billy Ray Cyrus has various projects going on, but he couldn’t think of a better reason to get himself here for Miami Rocks Our Troops concert 8 p.m. Saturday at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables. The country singer/ Hannah Montana patriarch will do his classic ode to veterans, Some Gave All, as well as jam out with the likes of ZZ Top’s Billy Gibson and local star Jon Secada. We caught up with Cyrus before his trip.
Are you looking forward to performing?
Getting folks together to honor the people who served our country and make some music? Yeah! It’s going to be so much fun. It’s really a diverse collection of artists. I’m coming full circle because I wrote Some Gave All 20 years ago about a Vietnam vet. It was off my first album. I’ll also open with a song from my new album, Change My Mind. And if Billy and Jon want to join me for Achy Breaky Heart, I’d love that.
Talk a little about your new record.
I started writing the majority of it about two years ago. It’s a very rewarding process as a songwriter and an artist. I can really see my evolution because I’m getting back to my [Kentucky] roots: Where I’ve been, where I’m at, where I’m going, where I’m from. It’s been quite a ride.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
On my album, you’ll hear the bluegrass of Bill Monroe Bill and Earl Scruggs; the outlaw country of Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson; and the Southern rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band and Charlie Daniels. Then there’s straight up Led Zeppelin and ZZ Top, who were also huge for me.
What else do you have going on these days?
I have an autobiography coming out on Amazon, Hillbilly Heart. There will also be a little bit of hillbilly in me. I am starting on Broadway in Chicago in November and am preparing myself for something very intense. I’ve been studying hard. I do love acting, and the more I can learn the better. I’m always willing to grow. Perhaps this is my apprenticeship. It’s such a brilliantly written play and musical. Again, it harkens back to my roots. The banjos and fiddles combined with sexy jazz and a lot of brass.
Have any idea of daughter Miley’s wedding plans?
She hasn’t set a date yet, but no one’s told me anything. As soon as I hear one I’ll let you know. Though you’ll probably hear before me!
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