Kutcher spoke with the Register on Monday, where he discussed the Native Fund's Metallica concert set to come to Iowa in June. Aaron Young/The Register
Ashton Kutcher’s playlist isn’t focused on one genre in particular, he admits. There’s a little country, a little folk rock and even some Modest Mouse.
“(My music’s) kind of all over the map,” he said.
Speaking with The Des Moines Register via telephone Monday, the native Iowan actor and activist discussed some of his favorites making music today. Kutcher and fellow Iowan Dallas Clark have lent a hand in bringing metal behemoth Metallica back to Iowa for a one-night only show June 9 at the Iowa Speedway. The stadium-sized concert is billed as a fundraiser for the Kutcher- and Clark-founded Native Fund, a nonprofit aimed at helping Iowans in disaster situations.
Kutcher’s latest project, Netflix’s “The Ranch,” is actually in the process of teaming up with one of his favorite artists, he said. Season two of “The Ranch” debuts June 16.
“For the last month I’ve been listening to a lot of Dierks Bentley,” Kutcher said. “I just found out today that he’s actually going to do a concert tour and ‘The Ranch’ is going to sponsor his concert tour. I’m pretty excited about that; I didn’t even know that was happening.”
He continued: “Beyond that? I’ve been listening to a lot of Lumineers (and) a lot of Mumford & Sons. I like the new Kenny Chesney lick that he’s got with Pink. I think that’s a pretty good song. (And) some Sturgill Simpson … I’m down with Sturgill.”
Still, he joked, his house is pretty much dominated by children’s tunes. Kutcher and fellow star Mila Kunis, who he married in July 2015, welcomed their second child, Dimitri Portwood Kutcher, into the world last November.
“A lot of children’s tunes, man,” he said. “Like Dora The Explorer singing ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’ and ‘Wheels on the Bus.’ That’s a big hit in my house right now.”
June 9 marks the second stadium-level concert thrown by The Native Fund in as many years; more than 40,000 flocked to Kinnick Stadium last August to experience Blake Shelton and Thomas Rhett as part of a Native Fund event. Tickets to see Metallica with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat at the Iowa Speedway cost $59-$303 and are on sale now. More information can be found at thenativefund.org.
Look for a full interview with Kutcher and Clark on the Native Fund at DesMoinesRegister.com in the coming days.
Kutcher spoke with the Register on Monday and talked about the Native Fund's Metallica concert, which is set to take place next month at the Iowa Speedway. Aaron Young/The Register
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