"That's one of the really great things about playing music," he added. " I don't know how I'd get to see places like Poland, Russia or France otherwise."
One of his favorite places, he said, is Scotland.
"Scotland looks like West Virginia," he explained. "A lot of my family is Scottish, and it really looked like the areas my family settled in. When you're doing that drive from Charleston to Morgantown, that's kind of what Scotland looks like -- but with lots more sheep."
While he likes visiting big cities when he's on tour, Brian would prefer not to stay there.
"I'm not a huge fan of big cities," he said. "I like to go to places and be there for a day, but you'll usually find me out in the middle of nowhere, if you can find me at all."
That's why he's quite content in Decatur, which is an hour south of Nashville. (Pryor also lives in Decatur; Stephens and Rische live in Nashville.)
"I lived in Nashville for a long time," Brian said. "Decatur was my escape out of the city."
He's also lived in Austin and Los Angeles. Those weren't really for him, either.
"I enjoy not living in a big music town. I kind of prefer to live someplace where people are people. I'm more mellow and get a lot more done. There's a lot of putting on airs in big music towns."
Brian originally came to Decatur for "Welcome to Alabama." The band worked with legendary southern rock producer Johnny Sandlin on the album.
"We hit it off and became such good friends I've been working with him ever since."
After the band finishes its tour for this album, it will work with Sandlin again on the follow-up. Brian said he and his band have already produced some song demos for it.
Though the group is called the Kenneth Brian Band, Brian emphatically points out that it is not his band, but a band. Making the music is a collaborative process.
"I was out for 12 years as a solo artist, but this is the band we have and everybody contributes," he said. "It's really a band thing, not me and a bunch of hired guns from Nashville."
They spend a lot of time together, he said.
"All day every day. In tiny hotel rooms."
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