With his last album, 2009′s ‘Happy Hour,’ Uncle Kracker scored his first country hit — the top 10 track ‘Smile’ — so conventional wisdom would dictate that he’d continue courting a country audience with his upcoming release, ‘Postcards from Home.’

But then again, his career has never been conventional — and as he told Billboard during a recent interview, he doesn’t see any reason to start now.

“Everybody was like, ‘Smile’ crossed over big in country, now are gonna make a country record?’ I felt like if I said, ‘Yeah, I am’ and I handed a record in, everybody was gonna go, ‘That’s not a country record,’” he recalled during the interview. “I felt like you’re almost damned if you do. So I’d rather make a record I like and turn it in and let everybody say, ‘That sounds like country.’ Once you tell ‘em it’s country, they’ll be like, ‘That ain’t country!’”

When pressed to describe what fans could expect from the album, he admitted, “I don’t know how to describe it, to be honest with you. I hate the word ‘Americana,’ so I won’t use it. I don’t even know what Americana is, exactly. I can’t say this is a country record, but I can’t say it’s a pop record, either. The last record I could tell you was a pop/rock record. This one is just … fun. Put it in the Super Fun section.”

[Billboard]