Lady Gaga previously revealed that her upcoming album, Joanne, was influenced by country music.
The singer has since opened up about her country music influences. During an interview with Rolling Stone, Gaga said, “Everyone thinks of rock & roll and country in different ways. Rock & roll, country and blues – they all have babies. So I love Johnny Cash, I love Neil Young, I love Garth Brooks.”
She went on to say, “When I was little, my father used to play ‘I’ve Got Friends in Low Places’ really loud in the basement, and I’d catch him down there dancing by himself, screaming real loud. I thought it was cool. I have a general and deep respect for all country musicians, but I myself am not a country musician. I’m just a musician period. I love all different kinds of music and this is just what I wrote.”
When it came to recording Joanne, Gaga didn’t give much thought to genre it would fall under.
The album has everything from the dance-rock lead single “Perfect Illusion” to country songwriting in the title track. Nashville songwriter Hillary Lindsey also co-wrote three songs for the project, including “Million Reasons”.
Lady Gaga will headline the Super Bowl halftime show on February 5th.