Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Jake's a genuine country fan. He can get up there and do Merle Haggard. He can do T.G. Sheppard. He can do all those old greats, and he does it every day at soundcheck for, like, eight hours. ● - - Jaren Johnston (The Cadillac Three) says Jake Owen is a genuine country fan and also has the world's longest soundchecks. I'm still at that point where I'm trying to uncondition myself to listen with radio ears. I catch myself going there … [Read more...]
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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...]
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...]
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...]
Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Imagine if they never tore down Ebbets Field, or if you could still get up to the top of the Statue of Liberty and peek out the little windows of her crown; or imagine if you could still ride the Wabash Cannonball, the L&N, The Southern, or the Yellow Dog. Well you can’t. Most of that old American grandeur is gone for good. But you can still go the Grand Ole Opry. It’s still in Nashville, Tennessee, every Saturday night. You can still buy … [Read more...]
Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. “It’s like high school with money,” says Gary Overton, CEO of Sony Music Nashville. “We all know each other. We know the spouses. We know the dogs. Our kids go to school together.” ● - - From a recent TIME Magazine article touting Nashville as "The South's Red-Hot Town." I think it's just a trend and that country music has kind of done this [focused on male performers to the exclusion of female performers] before. But growing up as a … [Read more...]
Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. If I make great music and I choose great songs and songs that are compelling and undeniable, even if they’re not talking about beer drinking and partying and trucks, if I make great music, I felt that it would be, I hoped it would be, hard for them to turn down. Every song can’t be about that. There has to be a space and an opening for a female that’s talking about love or breakups or relationships. ● - - Sara Evans on finding her way … [Read more...]