According to Contact Music, the singer admitted that recording sessions for Come Around Sundown were much more regimented than those for previous albums.
He said: "It was kind of a depressing experience. If we'd made it in Nashville, we'd be out playing basketball or goofing off. Here [in New York], I'd wake up and hail a cab to the studio, then spend 12 hours a day in a room with no windows.
"It felt like we were going to the office. But that can be good as well as bad."
He added: "I think because we recorded the album in New York, we somehow rediscovered a bit of our country side, whereas if we'd been in Nashville, where you'd be surrounded by country music, that never would've happened.
"We were like, let's get a bit of fiddle on there, we wanted it to have that kind of rootsy feel."