Shinedown’s Brent Smith: “Rock ‘n’ roll was the devil in my house”

Brent Smith is in the middle of the conversation when a person behind him appears on the Zoom screen. It’s his grandmother. It turns out that the Shinedown captain is in a room in her home in Knoxville, Tennessee, the city in which he grew up. “Anytime I have 48 hours off, I’ll come to see her and my parents,” he says. “I’m the son and his laundry bag appears at the door: Surprise, I’m coming!”

Family is important to the singer, as evidenced when he explains what he’s learned from his 44 years on the planet.

I knew what I wanted to do when I was two years old

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