On his fifth studio album Just Kids, which hit stores this week, Mat Kearney gets reflective. Throughout much of the album, the singer-songwriter looks back on his childhood and the beginning stages of his career.
When Radio.com speaks with Kearney about the record, he’s initially a bit distracted, as his plane had just landed in Jacksonville.
“I’m in an airport now ‘cause our flight was late, so you may hear background noises,” he warns at the start of our chat. “I’m trying to find a place where people aren’t moving around. I’m super ADD, so I have to focus to concentrate.”
Despite the circumstances, Kearney does find a decent spot to chat, and he ultimately manages quite well to tell the story of the record, including the musical experimentation he went through and the influences that came from his own childhood.
As the Eugene, Oregon native explains, his parents moving the family away from his hometown when he was in middle school had a significant impact on him and influenced who he would become as a person.
“You’re mourning the loss of your hometown,” he reflects regarding that move. “A lot of Just Kids was written about that season of my life.”