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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.
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. It’s only right that we try to tap into what we was raised in… “Drink You Away” was on The 20/20 Experience. It’s now starting to be one of the biggest songs. We always wanted to do country music — we thought some of them lyrics are country.”
Timbaland added that he’s already created a spot in Nashville to immerse himself in the sound.
When TMZ asked Timbaland outright if a country album was forthcoming, he smiled and said “You know what — now that you put it out there? Why not?” Check out the full interview with the up top.
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.