Could Justin Timberlake be tapping into his Tennessee roots and gearing up for a new career in country music? Months after dazzling at the CMA Awards with his Chris Stapleton duet, the "Pusher Love Girl" singer has been in the studio with Little Big Town, quickly sparking rumors that he may be making a left turn for his new solo album.
Timberlake teased his latest writing session with Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman on his Instagram, revealing that he had been working with the "Girl Crush" band in the studio.
"NBD... Just writing with @littlebigtown This band is the truth!! So good!!!!" Timberlake captured a particularly spirited selfie with the Little Big Town women in the background.
So, could Timberlake be working on a country music album? Though word on that remains very much a mystery, it wouldn't be quite as much of a stretch for the pop star as one would imagine.
Though he's best known for his hybrid of pop and R&B, Timberlake has country roots as a native Tennessean. He also showed off his rootsy chops at this year's CMAs with Chris Stapleton, as the two dueted on "Tennessee Whiskey" and "Drink You Away." The latter song, a track off Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2, then got some country music airplay, despite not being an official single.
However, Timberlake may not be going FULL country on his new album. He also posted a photo in the studio with Pharrell just three days prior to the Little Big Town snap.
A photo posted by Justin Timberlake (@justintimberlake) on Mar 20, 2016 at 11:01pm PDT