Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill reveals identity of his personal “reverend on the radio”

ABC/Randy HolmesOn Kings of Leon‘s current single “Reverend,” frontman Caleb Followill sings about someone who sounds like a “reverend on the radio.” The band came up with that line before the rest of the song came together, and it eventually turned into more than just a hook for Caleb and the rest of the Followills.

“It was kind of an idea that we had a few months before we started the album, and all we really had was the hook of the chorus, and I hadn’t really figured out what the lyric was gonna be about,” Caleb tells ABC Radio. “But the more I kind of thought about it, I knew I wanted it to be about something that was close to me, and it’s actually about a country singer named Blaze Foley.”

While he was a talented musician, Blaze Foley led a troubled life, and was shot to death at age 39.

“The lyric is all about him and kind of what his life was about, but he was the ‘reverend on the radio’ to me,” Followill explains. “When I hear his music, it speaks to me and kind of tugs at me a little bit.”

Despite its tragic backstory, “Reverend” has a celebratory vibe musically, which Kings of Leon have found really comes across live.

“No matter where we play it, the crowd sings every word,” says Followill. “They all have the same weird dance move that they do. It’s pretty special.”

You can trot out your weird dance moves when Kings of Leon kick off their summer North American tour July 26 in Saratoga Springs, New York. The band is also hosting their annual Music City Food + Wine Festival in their hometown of Nashville September 15-17.

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