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In making ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey,’ it was important for me to push myself and my audience while at the same time staying true to who I am as an artist. That’s why I’m so proud of this album and even more proud of the nomination for ACM Album of the Year. ●
– – Kenny Chesney is prouder of the nomination than he is of the album? I think he might have his values inverted.
Being happy is horrible for songwriting, especially for country music. We just want to write about leaving and sadness. We’re all better when we’re tormented. I have to put myself in a dark place if I want to write something good. ●
– – Miranda Lambert in the Ladies’ Home Journal.
This year has been such an amazing year so far! We are out on our very first tour with Jason Aldean, we just found out that we’ve broken the Top 15 with our first single “Wildflower,” last night we performed for the first time on live TV on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and today we released our debut album across the country. Now to be nominated for ACM’s Top Vocal Duo of the Year is so overwhelming and I feel deeply honored to be in a category with so many amazing artists. ●
– – Comment from one of the JaneDear Girls reveals just how little it apparently takes to get nominated for ACM Top Vocal Duo. First opening slot, first Top 15, first live TV appearance, new album… bam, you’re in.
For the first time in a while, I have a really strong sense of what I want to do with this record, a real vision for it. I just feel like I’m in a really good place to make a record. I’m so excited. I found some really great songs. I want the record to be a little more organic, a little more stripped down, a little more rootsy than maybe the last album… even though I love that last album. It’s just time for a different sound. ●
– – Martina McBride on her upcoming album, tentatively titled “Wild Turkey Nights, Latrine Mornings.”
I was just waiting on them to tell me they’re playing a joke on me. It’s not for real until I read it on the Internet. ●
– – Jason Aldean on learning of his ACM Entertainer of the Year nomination.
Her writing is similar to country music writing, in a way. If you get down into the lyrics of these songs, it’s really kind of a little reminiscent of Johnny Cash in some parts. ●
– – Faith Hill on Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. When you get right down to it, whose writing ISN’T really kind of a little reminiscent of Johnny Cash in some parts? At least, that’s the impression I get from seeing how often this particular line of comparison is deployed (i.e. often enough to make it almost completely meaningless).
If we could do a country duet, it would be Loretta Lynn. We’ve actually thought it would be a really fun CMT ‘Crossroads’ to do Loretta Lynn, the Band Perry and Keith Richards. It sounds pretty fun to us. Apparently, for ‘Crossroads’ you can only have two people, but what if it’s a three-way intersection? We’ll figure it out. If you have Keith Richards and Loretta Lynn’s number, can you get started on that for us? ●
– – The Band Perry’s Neal Perry. Still not sure which of the guys with the goofy hair he is, but oddly this idea doesn’t sound like the worst thing CMT could do (or has done) with its airtime.
The Peach Pickers start their weekly writing appointment by sipping on coffee while looking at the music charts, as well as funny YouTube videos to get their creative juices flowing. ●
– – Article at The Boot gives an interesting glimpse into the songwriting partnership that has given us “Gimmie That Girl,” “All About Tonight,” “All Over Me,” etc. Surprise! They start each session by seeing what’s charting well.
We’re big believers that if you can’t capture the attention of the audience with the pure basis of a song, adding more to it won’t help. ●
– – Joy Williams of The Civil Wars on the duo’s stripped-down performance style.
I’m a huge Joe Nichols fan. If he puts out a record, I’m one of the first people pushing old ladies over at Walmart to get one. I’ll punch ’em if I have to. I love Joe, and I’ve known him for years. It’s beyond just a friendship. I’m a fan of his voice and just what he does. He’s got this thing about him that takes me back to why I wanted to do this to begin with [and why I moved to Nashville]. ●
– – Blake Shelton on Joe Nichols, who lighted his way to “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking.”
No one trained us or shaped us into a product that could be marketed. We just had fun. And it still doesn’t matter to us how big it is or becomes. We’re just having fun performing music. We didn’t plan on any of this – it just sort of landed in our laps. And I think that purity comes across in our music. We’re good Christian girls who, for the most part, stayed out of trouble. ●
– – Secret Sister Laura Rodgers portrays the duo as something of a modern Carter Family.
I’m working three jobs, just trying to pay my bills and my mortgage. It’s tough times. I lost my publishing deal because the company went bankrupt, so I’m literally living hand-to-mouth. Sometimes people think that just because you have a record deal, you should be rich, but that’s not the case. ●
– – Michelle Poe on the realities of being an independent up-and-comer (as half of Burns & Poe).
This album, I keep telling people, ‘It’s a little more country,’ and they look at me like I’m crazy. I’m a fan of traditional country and Southern rock. The last album was more Southern rock than this one, which we made a little more traditional sounding. ●
– – Hopefully, this means Justin Moore’s sophomore album will be a little less “Backwoods,” a little more… uh… I’m sure there must have been at least one good song on his debut…
(Up on the Ridge) wasn’t a career move. It was just a record of passion. In the country world, there’s a lot of fluff that goes on and it can be more about the game than it is about the music. And this was a chance for me to work with the musicians I love and write songs we love. ●
– – Dierks Bentley.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops announced that founding member Justin Robinson is leaving the group. Here’s a video of Hubby Jenkins, one of two guys stepping in to fill the void (the other is human beatboxer Adam Matta).