Lady Gaga's albums all embody different musical voices from the pop star, and her upcoming Joanne LP seems to be venturing into the country world. She spoke to Rolling Stone about the genre's influence, revealing her love for artists like Garth Brooks stems from childhood.
"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," she told the magazine. "I thought it was cool."
The singer professes her love for Brooks, Neil Young and Elvis Presley before continuing: "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." Gaga previously covered Young's "Old Man" during an intimate DNC event.
While Joanne may not be solely country-inspired (as seen with the stripped "Million Reasons" ballad), the album could possibly be the singer's most vulnerable yet. “[The record is] not a concept album, but an honest one…You could ask me something personal about each song," she told The Sunday Times (via Popcrush):
"I’m not sure I’d go into detail about it but Joanne gave me strength to live the rest of the life she didn’t get to have. Calling it Joanne is, I guess—I think, if I can heal one person, maybe I can heal two, five, ten million. If I could just heal my dad, then maybe [I] might heal someone else.”
She also tells Times her duet with Florence Welch is about women supporting each other. "Many women no matter their race, color, religion, go through the same issues with men, bodies, minds. A lot of women shut down as they don’t feel heard," Gaga explains. "It ain’t easy. I know it is pulling me apart…This is about an unconditional love women have for each other."
Joanne is due on Oct. 21. Click here for the LP's complete guide, and watch a throwback Cheek to Cheek-era interview with Fuse below: