It’s National Haiku Poetry Day!

In honor of National Haiku Poetry Day (it's a thing, trust me), we'll be working our way through the entire Top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart today, one song at a time, every hour on the hour from 9am to 6pm PDT. Follow along as we go or check in later for the complete collection. Since this alleged holiday is actually about getting more people to try their hand at the form, feel free to throw down your own best country haiku in the comments. The only rule we observe is the … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 04/13/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I love country music. It [wasn't] really a young person's music, when I grew up listening to it. There are some people you're just not meant to understand when you're 17 years old. You're not supposed to understand George Jones records. You're not really supposed to get a Haggard album at that age. You have to have your heart broken to understand George Jones. ● - - Dierks Bentley to Jewly Hight for The Bluegrass Situation. He said, … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 04/06/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. And know this: A half-truth is a whole lie. Character, like integrity, is much easier kept than recovered. So write from your true self, not the self you think you should be. Do not try to impress us, and do not hide behind thin walls and smoke screens. It will only bore us. Brutal self-honesty is your challenge, and will reward you with much more than you can yet imagine. ● - - Mary Gauthier on songwriting. It was stunning. From the … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 03/30/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I have people do it for me. I’ve never been on any of it. ● - - Gary Allan on social media. Additionally, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that Merle Haggard, will be honored with the Crystal Milestone Award at the 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS to commemorate Haggard’s prolific 50 years in country music. The ceremony, which will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton,... … [Read more...]