Jeff Bates is as open and honest about his addiction to methamphetamines as anyone has ever been about a drug problem. The singer was a user when he moved to Nashville, and almost had a record deal when he got arrested for stealing. “There were bad things, including divorces, that had gone on in my life,” Bates tells “With that kind of shame, I wanted to do things right, wanted to be a good person, but it’s hard to hold you head up at times and I wanted something that would make me feel better. I used drugs and drank a lot.” Once sober, he signed another record deal and became one of the decade's top country crooners.

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