Matthew McConaughey Reveals His Country Music Favorites, Praises Sturgill Simpson & Charley Crockett

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It’s no secret that Matthew McConaughey is one of the most well-known/well-respected actors on the planet.

He’s definitely one of the most versatile actors on the planet, but he also has devoted his life to helping and being an inspiration to others, which is why he’s so widely appreciated across the country.

Mr. Alright Alright Alright has always been very vocal about what he does in his free time away from the big screen, like spending time with his family in particular.

However, if you’ve always wondered about McConaughey’s playlist, wonder no more.

We’re finally getting answers.

He recently sat down for a quick interview with The Tennessean, and he shared what’s on his playlist right now.

He was quick to mention that Creedence Clearwater Revival will always be on his playlist, and they’re one of his favorite bands of all time:

“As far as a band getting in the pocket? That’s my favorite band of all-time that gets in the pocket.”

He also admitted that he’s a big fan of Robert Plant’s solo material, as well as French singer Emma Peters.

However, perhaps the best portion of the whole interview, is where he admitted he has anything Sturgill Simpson on the playlist, and also mentioned how much he loves listening to Charley Crockett:

“There’s a local guy here that I really like: Charley Crockett. He’s got a really interesting, cool sound and delivery… My favorite is ‘I Feel For You.'”


I mean c’mon, we could all see McConaughey driving down the road, windows down and aviators on, blaring “Fortunate Son.”

But to hear that he digs that real, authentic country and western music, with Sturgill and Crockett… well, that’s alright, alright, alright with me.

“I Feel For You”

But this isn’t the first time McConaughey has been vocal about his love for country music.

He once shared a hilarious story about how he met Jamey Johnson, but Johnson was more worried about meeting his wife, Camila.

Matthew McConaughey Hilariously Recalls The Time He Met Jamey Johnson

I’m convinced that Matthew McConaughey could take a story about putting his socks on one morning, and turn it into one of the greatest stories of all time.

Seriously, I’d kill for a chance to sit back and listen to the famed actor talk about everything under the sun.

With that being said, I thought I’d spin it back to last year, when Mr. Alright Alright Alright himself joined Justin Moore’s podcast, when he recalled the first time he ever met Jamey Johnson.

McConaughey remembered the first time he heard Johnson’s hit song “In Color” when it first dropped back in 2008, and realized that his That Lonesome Song album was one of the best country albums he’d heard in a long time.

Later on he attended the 2009 ACM Awards in Vegas with his wife Camila (girlfriend at the time), and he knew he had to meet Johnson.

Sometime during the show, he found the country singer, and he walked up to introduce himself.

However, when he went to shake his hand, he said Johnson didn’t look at him the whole conversation, and had his eyes straight on Camila.

“I’m with Camila and when I was there to present, I think his song was up, I said ‘I like this guy Jamey Johnson, let me do that category and I’d like to meet him.’

So I head back there with Camila and he’s standing there with his red cup, and I’m shaking his hand and say, ‘Hey, Jamey Johnson nice to meet you.’

He’s shaking my hand, but he’s looking right at her going, ‘Well, nice to meet you.’

He’s staring right at Camila, just dead eye stare, not even sneaky no slant eye, just dead red.

And while he’s still shaking my hand, he stops and goes ‘God,’ and he still has my hand. So I say, “Jamey this is my girlfriend Camila’ and he says, “I know.” 

Didn’t take his eyes off her for one second and I was like ‘I like this guy, I like this guy a lot.’”


And the friendship was born… Jamey even headed off to Brazil with Matt and Camila shorty after that for a little backpacking trip.

And of course, Matt and Camila would wind up getting married a few years later in 2012.

You can check out the full podcast here:

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