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If you walk into a writing room in Nashville on Music Row, you’ll hear the same song written every single day. We never get out of Nashville. We never get off of Music Row. When there’s 1000 songs written per day on Music Row, how many different songs can there be? They’re not. It’s the same beat, it’s the same melody, it’s the same words, it’s the same rhyme. It’s “truck” and “duck” and “muck.” It’s the same thing over and over. ●
– – Jimmy Wayne thinks songwriters should get out there and live some new experiences worth writing about.
I know this won’t be popular, but I hate the Lady A line ‘I’m a little drunk and I need you now’ from [the five week country No. 1 and pop crossover hit] ‘Need You Now.’ I think the word ‘drunk’ is so… vulgar. How about the words ‘gone’ or ‘lost?’ It would still convey the same sentiment. ●
– – Dawn Behnken, morning co-host at WFGE (Froggy 101) in State College, PA, finds the mention of drunkenness in a country song to be vulgar. In other words, Lady Antebellum is a little too outlaw for her.
CONTINUING BLUEGRASS GRAMMY ATTACK ADS: Thile and Daves, simply put, are pansies. ●
– – In preparation for the Grammys, Steve Martin has been tweeting attack ads aimed at some of his competitors in the Best Bluegrass Album category. Like Chris Thile and Michael Daves.
LAST BLUEGRASS GRAMMY ATTACK AD: Jim Lauderdale couldn’t play his way out of a paper bag. Especially one made of reinforced steel. ●
– – And Jim Lauderdale.
Wait until you see the album cover for new artist Casey James. Whee! He’s purty! ●
– – CMT’s Hazel Smith with some typically insightful commentary.
I wasn’t that good at socializing. I’m still not. ●
– – Ronnie Dunn.
I was 19 when I got in line for “American Idol.” Nobody knows who they are at 19; you’re not supposed to. I did this whole thing backwards. You come off a show like “Idol” and you’re a celebrity, but for what? You don’t have a song on the radio, you don’t have an album out. You’ve been singing cover songs and you haven’t done anything really. You have to develop backwards as an artist. Become a celebrity first and figure out “what kind of artist am I and where do I belong?” ●
– – Kellie Pickler on entering the music business via “Idol.”
So each guy has a different area of responsibility. I am not a very technical guy, I even struggle sometimes to answer emails. And I’m not on Twitter … so my role, and I think it originally happened because of my voice, but my role in the group is the kind of old-fashioned thing, it’s to do most of the interviews. ●
– – Oak Ridge Boy Richard Sterban explains why he’s almost always the one you hear from in interviews. As for the rest of the chore wheel: Joe Bonsall and Duane Allen handle tweeting and Facebooking, respectively, while William Lee Golden focuses mostly on beard maintenance.
People keep asking me, ‘What is country music?’ And so I tell them, ‘This is.’ ●
– – Emmylou Harris introducing “Old Five and Dimers Like Me” in concert.
Would I like to have airplay? Well, I’d be a fool and a liar to say no. But I am having fun. I’m creative, and I don’t have to watch my words or watch what I say. I don’t feel that pressure to go suck up to somebody, whether it’s radio or the record company. ●
– – Lorrie Morgan on having her major label days (most likely) behind her.
There were some on-sales through the fan club that I would say half to 60% of the tickets we were offering were being picked up by brokerage companies. They were joining en masse. If [brokers] didn’t go to the fan club and waited on the [general] on-sale, I can handle aspects of that. But they infiltrate the fan club and get pit tickets or front row tickets that we want our fans to have first shot at for being members of the Church Choir, they come in and scoop them up and mark them up thousands of percentage points and come back and try to sell them to the same fan, that’s the part that bothers me the most. If we wanted our tickets to be high we would have made ’em high. ●
– – Ticket resellers have been joining Eric Church’s fan club to get access to heaps of tickets at discounted fan rates. Church’s camp isn’t too happy about it.
Basically, it’s a collection of very country songs. ●
– – Darrell Scott on his new album, Long Ride Home.
When I came to Nashville, there were not that many of us writing songs for a living. Most of us wrote by ourselves. Back in those days, we were so restricted to who we could write with because they wouldn’t split copyrights. Lord knows ASCAP wouldn’t split things with BMI and vice versa, so you had to write with people in your own camp. Those walls have come down. Now we can write with anybody and everybody will split copyrights. It has opened up a whole world of freedom for songwriting. ●
– – Bill Anderson puts a positive spin on Nashville’s turn toward co-writing.
This is a comeback, period. I’ve been gone for three or four years and I wanted this record to come out of the box and be as big or as good as Not A Moment Too Soon by McGraw. That was my goal. ●
– – For his next album, Chris Cagle is setting his sights as high as “Refried Dreams.” Elsewhere in the interview, he expresses his love of “southern rock and slammin’ country” of the type recorded by Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert. Getting excited for his return yet?