Dave Mustaine makes a guest appearance on the new album from Canadian country singer/songwriter Brett Kissel, “We Were That Song”, which came out on December 8. The MEGADETH leader can be heard in the song “Damn!”, available for streaming below.
Kissel, who is represented by Garth Brooks‘s manager Bob Doyle, and his family moved to Nashville in 2012. The 27-year-old Alberta-born musician is the reigning CCMA “Male Artist Of The Year.”
Back in November 2013, MEGADETH played at the tribute concert honoring the late Country Music Hall Of Famer George Jones at Nashville, Tennessee’s Bridgestone Arena.
MEGADETH was joined by Jamey Johnson for a performance of Jones‘s song “Wild Irish Rose”.
Mustaine and his family moved to Tennessee in October 2014 after living in Fallbrook, California for many years.
Mustaine told Rolling Stone India that his family’s relocation to Nashville was prompted largely by his daughter’s decision to launch a country music career. Asked if he had met any country singers around town, Mustaine said: “Well, through her, yeah. It’s interesting to me, because I’d have never thought that I’d have country singers who were MEGADETH fans. If you think about it, all the great guitar players that are in country bands are metal guys, believe it or not. It’s funny, if you go to a restaurant here and somebody who serves you food is probably as good at guitar as you are. They just haven’t had that break. There are so many talented people out here, it’s mind-blowing.”
He continued: “The country music scene is so different from metal. Like, Steven Tyler [AEROSMITH] moved out here and he had done a songwriting session with somebody and did it the way that we do it. He has the same background that I do — a rock background. When you write songs, you keep writing. Out here in the country thing, you have a three-hour session. You sit down with some guy and another guy and usually there’s three people — one does the music, one does lyrics and another does melody. And in three hours, they’ve got a song. I’m thinking, ‘Fuck me!’ If I could write a song in three hours, my life would be so easy. [Laughs] If I was that good where I could put together a song that’s exceptional in a matter of three hours, it would certainly change my life a lot.”
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) December 8, 2017