Quotable Country – 10/30/11 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I write my own songs, and I only see their flaws. But 'It's Now or Never?' There's nothing ever wrong with that. ● - - Chris Isaak on his new Sun tribute record, "Beyond the Sun." It's pretty great, by the way. Now seeking the most talented singers in the nation between who are at least 16 years old and appear younger than 25 to join a new country music supergroup that will go on a nation-wide tour, work with the best songwriters … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 10/24/11 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. It's got to make a blue flame go behind my left ear and chill bumps run all over my body. And immediately you say, 'Why didn't I think of that? I could have written that, but I didn't think of it.' ● - - Merle Haggard on what makes a great song, like "Settin' the Woods on Fire" or "Give It Away." I know a lot of people see him as a staunch, dark figure. And maybe the darkness is the thing that leads a lot of people to him. But his … [Read more...]

Country Haiku #392

I can't bait a hook But you can't reach the counter That makes us even (Submitted anonymously) … [Read more...]

Country Haiku #391

The trouble with girls Is that they tend to inspire Sloppy songwriting (Submitted by Ben Foster) … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 10/17/11 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I feel like I get away with murder. I'm really, really not that good. ● - - Buddy Miller on his Americana Music Association Honors and Awards wins. It sets the bar in a different area for the next album. I can't just go back and do something like I've done before. ● - - For Dierks Bentley, things will never be the same after "Up on the Ridge." This gives me hope. I do what I do and it's not for everybody. It's very, very … [Read more...]

Should Music Be Given Away?

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The Dirt Drifters believe so strongly in the music on their debut album, This Is My Blood, that they are literally giving it away. During their "Give Blood" promotion, every fan attending one of their concerts receives not one but TWO complimentary copies of the CD: one to keep, one to pass along to a friend. They'll keep going until they've given away 30,000 CDs. It's a surprisingly grassroots fan-building strategy for an act signed to a major label like Warner Bros. Nashville. After all, it … [Read more...]

Hank Williams Sr. Inducted Into Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts

Reinstate Hank, the movement to have Hank Williams Sr. added to the cast of the Grand Ole Opry despite his probable difficulties in honoring future performance commitments there, has found an unlikely ally in pop-country group Rascal Flatts. "With our own induction, we've been thinking a lot about the Opry and its history lately," explains Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus. "A lot of people want to see Hank added as a member. Since we're members now, if Hank joins our group, he also becomes a … [Read more...]