Styx vocalist and also the guitarist of the band, Tommy Shaw, was the latest interview guest of ‘Torg & Elliott‘ of QFM96 this month and revealed the real reason he decided to leave Los Angeles to move Nashville for good eight years ago.

As you may already follow his career, Tommy Shaw is about the release a new album that will come out June 18th. The first-ever single from the album named ‘Crash Of The Crown’ was released this month and Styx star sat down with Torg & Elliott to share how he kept his voice in good shape despite his decades of a rocking career as well as leaving L.A. in 2013.

While admitting that Nashville is a great and central place to be, he also stated that there are a lot of other rockstars who move to Nashville. According to Styx star, being in Nashville is yet another chance when touring because you can return to your home while it’s in a central area.

Here is what he said:

“I grew up in Alabama, and Nashville was the first place that I came to when I decided to go out of town and see what I could do elsewhere. My wife, she was born in Illinois, but her family moved down here to Nashville when she was really young. And so she grew up in Clarksville. I had come down here — I forget how many years ago — to do a bluegrass record and spent three weeks here and really fell in love with it.

We “lived in Beachwood Canyon where the Hollywood sign is, and when we first moved there, there were no smartphones, and so people coming up trying to find the Hollywood sign, you’d maybe see five of ’em a day because it was winding. By the time we left, there were 6,500 people a day coming up there — it was tourist vans and confrontations just trying to get out of your driveway. So that’s how we wound up in Nashville.”

You can listen to the interview below.

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