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Brett Eldredge is rarely quiet. But his Twitter account was recently a veritable online ghost town.
Via a “Goin to the islands…adiossss” tweet on Jan. 2 and one random tweet from a buddy’s phone on Jan. 3, it was as if Brett had actually stuck to his word to take a much-needed vacation from the road and from his constant Twitter feed when he set off to Puerto Rico earlier this month.
Yet Country Weekly got the real story from the tweetaholic himself.
“Seriously, my phone wasn’t working, and I’m not making that up,” exclaimed Brett shortly before leaving for his opening spot on the Canadian leg of Keith Urban’s Light the Fuse Tour 2014. “I don’t know if it wasn’t activated or what, but at least it forced me to have some drinks in my hand rather than my phone in my hand all the time. I relaxed as much as I could on that trip, and taking that break made me want to get right back to being busy again playing some music with my friends.”
Before leaving, the “Beat of the Music” singer also spent some much-needed time at home, including a December stop in his hometown of Paris, Ill., for “Brett Eldredge Day.” “I’m proud of that town, and it’s the people there that keep me driven to keep doing this thing in music,” he says. “I left Paris for Nashville over seven years ago, but whenever I go back, I go right back to the same conversations and the same jokes with the same people. That town doesn’t change a lot, which is the coolest thing about it. It’s a good sense of normalcy in a world that can be crazy.”
Getting spoiled by your mama also helps.
“A few nights ago, my mom made me some chicken stir-fry and butternut squash ravioli that was so good,” he gushes. “My mom still mothers me well. If I’m on the road for three weeks, she’ll help me with my laundry. Heck, she will go shopping for bedspreads with me. Mothers are good for that.”
For more on Brett’s special visit to his hometown and a behind-the-scenes look at the video for “Beat of the Music,” pick up the Feb. 10 issue of Country Weekly, on stands Feb. 3.