Pop and disco icon BARRY GIBB is set to try his hand at country music after announcing his next album project will be recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with top honkytonk writers and guests.
The STAYING ALIVE hitmaker insists he's always been a fan of the genre and really got into country music in the past year after buying Johnny Cash's former lakeside home near Nashville.
Gibb admits the country retreat offers him great inspiration as he pens songs for his upcoming solo album.
He says, "We'd like to use the place as our second home. I would like to come here and write songs. I am planning on making a country album. That is really who I am.
"I am a country artist, always have been a country artist, and this is my chance to get some self-expression out."
Gibb insists he's yet to bump into the ghost of Johnny Cash, but he feels the country great's spirit all around him during writing sessions in his new home, which is situated next to a property that once belonged to another late great - Roy Orbison.
He adds, "The inspiration, being surrounded by the musical atmosphere that has been there for 35 years, we just had to do it.
"You feel like someone is watching, you feel like there is a presence in the house of both Johnny and (his wife) JUNE CARTER CASH. I still haven't seen a tall man wearing black clothes yet (Cash), but I am very much into it and hope that I do."