“I got him fooled people, that’s what I’m talking about” was Larry Gatlin‘s response when introduced as one of the ‘nicest people in country music.’ He sat down for an exclusive interview at the ACM Awards Radio Row.

Everything is a song for the easygoing country legend (can we call him that without insulting?), who had a string of hits in the ’70s and ’80s with his brothers in the Gatlin Brothers Band. When host Steve Grunwald asked, “Can I put my arm around you”? Larry broke out into verse, singing “are you lonesome tonight?”

Reggae's Gone Country

Reggae's Gone Country

Gatlin talks about what a crazy thing it was to be part of a reggae album. “You know Charlie Pennachio is John Rich’s ears, Charlie scours the internet and finds these new kids – they found this kid Romain Virgo from Jamaica – a Rastafarian kid – and they contacted him and asked if he knew the Gatlin Brothers, and Romain breaks out into ‘All the gold in Caleefornea.'”

“I was very honored, he’s a great young man – got to work with those reggae players. It’s [country music] all over the world folks,” he jokingly adds “and parts of Wisconsin!”

Watch the great video of “California” with Larry Gatlin and Romain Virgo:

Larry tells us that “the Brothers and I are still touring, quit for about 10 years and started back up about 10 years ago. We love to sing with each other, we’re having a ball, and grateful to the fans.”

Watch the exclusive (and very entertaining) interview with Larry Gatlin:

– Nanci Haskin, WYCD/Detroit

More ACM info:

Read more stories about the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards and see the full list of 2012 ACM Award nominees.

Watch the Academy of Country Music Awards tonight (Sunday, April 1) at 8pm ET/PT on CBS.

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