Quotable Country – 07/27/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I’ve got a girl, she just turned 4, and my daughter plays into my thought process on that. There’s a little bit more [to love] than just dancing on the tailgate. Oddly enough, I played it for a friend of mine who’s got a daughter who, I believe, is 16. She heard it and was like, ‘Yes! I am not the girl that looks good in cutoff jeans.’ She feels awkward in them. That’s why she gravitated toward the song. ● --- "Girl in a Country Song" … [Read more...]

Awesome Stuff Department: The Devil Makes Three at Newport Folk Festival

Devil Makes Three

NPR Music has The Devil Makes Three's full set from yesterday (Friday, July 25) at the Newport Folk Festival available for online listening. That's 48 minutes, hot off the presses recording devices, of the rootsy California trio in its natural element. Playing music described as "garage-y ragtime, punkified blues, old n’ new timey without settling upon a particular era, inspired as much by mountain music as by Preservation Hall jazz," The Devil Makes Three put out its New West Records debut I'm … [Read more...]

Maddie and Tae Are Having a Moment

Maddie and Tae

By now, you are almost certainly aware of Maddie & Tae's "Girl in a Country Song." Just in case you're not, though... Two teenage girls newly signed to Big Machine's Dot Records imprint have released a 'bro country' answer song - calling out all the familiar tropes and many of the specific songs - that's so on-the-nose and of-the-moment that it has Yahoo Music, NPR, The Washington Post, Saving Country Music, Farce the Music, Rolling Stone, Country Weekly, Taste of Country, and most other … [Read more...]

One Truck Still Doesn’t Have a Country Song Written About It

1974 dodge

A single 1974 Dodge Club Cab pickup in Oak Vale, Mississippi, has somehow escaped the gaze and thoughtful tune-smithing of country music songwriters. The sky blue four-speed vehicle resting beneath the spreading boughs of a 61-year-old magnolia tree to the side of retired farmer Clyde Henderson's modest home has never once been the lyrical setting of a tailgate party, mudding adventure, or late night tryst. Henderson says he feels bad for "Brenda" (his affectionate name for the Dodge) because … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 07/21/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Don’t be a difficult person to be around, whether you’re a songwriter or a business person. There’s just too much going on. There are too many people here that you don’t wanna rub the wrong way. It’s a small town in a lot of ways. You don’t have to hang out with everybody, or be friends with everybody, but people like to work with people they can get along with. ● --- Jim Lauderdale on survival in Nashville. Q: You typically write … [Read more...]

Album Review: Ashley Ray – Ashley Ray EP

Ashley Ray

Originally published at The 9513 in May 2010. As best I can tell, Ray is now without a record deal but still playing around town. She has yet to release a full album. Someday, someone will let Ashley Ray release a full album. The Kansas-bred singer-songwriter first appeared with a four-song digital EP on Capitol Nashville in 2007. At some point, she moved over to Universal South, then survived the merger with Show Dog to release this new five-song EP on Show Dog Universal. Soundwise, it's … [Read more...]