Quotable Country – 01/25/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I mean, if there’s one thing that you know about me — and hopefully people watching at home — it’s I am absolutely comfortable with making a complete ass out of myself. I’m a natural at that. ● --- Blake Shelton, before hosting "Saturday Night Live." the Justin Bieber of country music, just a little trouble making cutie ● --- Blake Shelton, introducing himself while hosting "Saturday Night Live." But I’ve never really let myself … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 01/18/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I think that my songs keep getting simpler, and I’m trying to find the least amount of words to get across what I’m feeling. I’m definitely a better singer than I was, so that allows me to write in different formats. I’m just going with the flow of life. As long as I keep searching and staying true to myself, my songs will not necessarily advance, but they will go somewhere else. I’m willing to follow them. ● --- Justin Townes Earle to … [Read more...]

One-of-a-Kind New Country Singer Carves His Own Niche

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Already named to The Boot's prestigious "Ones to Watch 2015" list, Brant Smith is poised for a breakthrough year and he wants you to know he's doing it his way. Our correspondent sat down with Bryant to find out what makes him stand out among this year's crop of stubble-chinned warblers. "Most debut artists don't get as much control over their music as Prestige Nashville has given me, but they saw something edgy and different in me and just handed over the reins," said Scott, molding a stray … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 01/11/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I'm hardly an expert, because I haven't been there for a long time. But the [Portable] People Meter ratings methodology [of terrestrial radio] punishes unfamiliar music, by and large. That's my understanding. So radio used to be an active medium, and now it's turned into more of a passive medium. ● --- SiriusXM tastemaker John Marks on terrestrial radio. Heard today, though, what the full-on novelty of “Bird of Paradise” most clearly … [Read more...]

This Week in Country Music History: Podcast Launch!

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I wanted to get Country California's After the Beep podcast launched. I also wanted to do another This Week in Country Music History. So, I decided to complete both tasks in one fell swoop. Listen to the podcast version for my impeccable delivery and some bits not included in the text below. If I can be so bold, I'd also recommend subscribing to After the Beep via your pod-listening program or app of choice. The feed can be found at afterthebeep.libsyn.com/rss. This thing's so new that it … [Read more...]