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The next time you see LeAnn Rimes, look closely. If she’s no longer flat-chested, then you’ll know the rumor is true! ●
– – Hazel Smith keeps it classy.
A great storytelling song by one of the greatest voices of all time in country music. It’s a lost art, to have a song that really pulls you in like that. ●
– – Dierks Bentley on “El Paso” by Marty Robbins.
Well, I don’t want to make music for people that don’t care about music. The record business made a colossal mistake when it started making music for people who don’t like music. It also made a strategic mistake in the blind acceptance of digital over analog… Guitars are analog, drums are analog, people are analog and we live in an analog world.
Of all the blights that science has inflicted on the soul of man, I consider the MP3 as among the worst. ●
– – T Bone Burnett to a music industry crowd, claiming a President’s Special Merit Award from the Recording Academy as part of Grammy Week festivities.
They’re truly inspirational in the way that conduct themselves and the way they see music. For them, it’s not a job. It’s not a career. We feel like that, too, and having the opportunity to tour with them in Europe was sort of a dream come true for us. They never put their instruments down. They were always playing. We would be eating dinner and taking a rest, and they’d have these guitars that were always around, and they were just picking away in the corner and playing the whole time. That’s the kind of attitude we aspire to maintain throughout our life as a band. ●
– – Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) looks up to Old Crow Medicine Show.
Merle could sing me to sleep any night of the week. I think he has one of the sexiest voices of all time. Actually it was one of his songs rolling through my head when I shot one of my videos. They asked me, “Can you make yourself cry?” I said, “Sure!” So while I was mouthing the lyrics to my song, I was hearing a Merle Haggard vocal in my head and that’s what made me cry. ●
– – Gretchen Wilson’s a big ol’ Hag fan.
You never get to be off when you’re a celebrity because people expect you to be the person they’ve imagined you to be all the time. Can you imagine what it’s like walking out on stage when there’s 4,000 people out there expecting you to be what they’ve envisioned you to be and you just don’t feel like being that person? Some days you walk out there and you’re like, ‘I just don’t feel good. I’ve got cramps.’ ●
– – Gretchen Wilson (different interview) on being human.
They’re truly talented. We don’t listen to a lot of mainstream country, but I think that of all mainstream country they are one of the acts that I can really appreciate. I know they are capable. I saw them sing the national anthem, and that is hard to sing, and anybody who can knock that out — awesome. They did a really great job. That to me was, ‘I believe in you, you’re legit.’ ●
– – Secret Sister Laura Rogers on Lady Antebellum. Grammy voters evidently agree.
So much of my dad has been co-opted by the public and this was such a personal thing to me. And I’m just not ready to post it on the Internet or something, you know what I mean? I want to hang on to it for a little while. … Eventually it should be archived properly, but right now it’s mine. ●
– – For now, Rosanne Cash will keep the bulk of The List to herself.
Where’s that good balance between art and commerce? How do we fill our soul with the art and, at the same time, reach the mass appeal to make financial sense of it? I think the cool thing about where we’re heading now is not only do you have radio, but you have the Internet and a much more grass-roots environment. You can build a fan base without radio. Eric Church comes to mind as a guy that’s doing it his own way. There’s hope at the end of the day for all records. ●
– – Joe Nichols. Hopefully, this is him talking himself away from the likes of “Gimmie That Girl.”
“He was nice and honest at the beginning when our songs weren’t up to par,” Leverett says. “He goes, ‘Girls, do me a favor and don’t show those songs to anyone.’ That’s what’s cool about him. He was open minded to watching us develop, and three years later we played out with some new songs, and it was this new sound with high energy thing we had created, and he was like, ‘Oh, I get it. It’s amazing.’ ”
Rich signed on as JaneDear’s producer and started helping them manipulate their sound and image into a marketable product, something he says that even with a clear vision can take much work to bring to fruition. ●
– – You don’t need to know of the JaneDear Girls’ John Rich connection to dislike their music, but it doesn’t hurt.
Gotta really good band, a bunch of old seasoned professionals, really great musicians, good chemistry on stage. We don’t blow anything up, we don’t throw babies in the air and catch ‘em on pitchforks or anything like that. We just have a good time. ●
– – Tracy Lawrence on his live show, which doesn’t include catching babies on pitchforks.
The reality here is that we are not great musicians. We do OK, but our principal concern is the songwriting. That’s what matters to us. Then we figure out a way to play them. We certainly don’t want it to sound like a record on stage. We like it to be loose and raw. We’re trying to bring the spirit, that lively real energy, to the table and not so much technical triumphs. ●
– – Avett Brother Seth on the band’s approach to live shows.
[David Allan] Coe, battling obesity and planted firmly on a stool for nearly two hours Thursday, is half-apologetic, half-defiant. Sure, he’s no choirboy – but he maintains that the politically correct crowd should lighten up and forgive an old man. ●
– – Err, did the Washington Post just call David Allan Coe fat in a concert review? If the ‘obesity’ bit stems from something Coe said in the show, that’s fine. But since the source isn’t made clear, it seems an odd tidbit to include.
My dad kind of set us down one day. He’s 72 and in great health, but he said, “You guys need to get something of your own going. At my age, anything can happen. A person can wind up losing their home if they don’t have something going on.” So he was a real advocate for us doing this. ●
– – Rob McCoury on starting up the Travelin’ McCourys side project with his brother.
I definitely think that my roots are steeped in country music. It’s a genre I haven’t explored. And I think, to a certain degree, that the people who enjoy my ‘good old roadhouse music’ are the people who listen to country music. ●
– – American Idol Taylor Hicks (you know, George Clooney’s long-lost brother) considers country.
[When my first album came out] one of the heads of my label said, Let’s not talk about your guitar playing for the first single or two. The first two singles I had were very serious ballads. They established me as a singer and a legitimate artist before… Y’know, it’s a lot of information to say here’s what he does: he writes, he plays the leads, this and this and this… People don’t care, they just want to know whether they like it or not.
Then when we started to do well, that’s when we started to push [the guitar] side of things a little more. ●
– – Brad Paisley. Interesting that they made a deliberate decision to break him without the guitar first.
I’ll pick five or six artists and you tell me what they all have in common, except that they’re all called country music. Let’s start with Buck Owens, Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Bill Monroe, Patsy Cline, The Dixie Chicks. … The point is that there’s bluegrass, Cajun, honky-tonk, western swing. It’s all considered country music, but it’s different. None of them sound the same. Think about Elvis Presley. In 1956 and ’57, this was considered scandalous rock ‘n’ roll. If he was doing that today, it would probably be considered country music. Or, the Eagles — they’re a rock band, but today they’re more country- sounding than Taylor Swift. It’s all American music. ●
– – Ray Benson.
Now, look, you can be a star or you can be an artist. You can be an artist and then become a star, but I don’t think it works the other way around. But they’re both okay. Pick one and get good at it. ●
– – Guy Clark’s advice to a young Rodney Crowell.
My mom was just watching TV, clicking channels, and a tree fell through the roof and landed directly on top of her. She’s as unlucky that it fell directly on top of her as she is lucky that she didn’t die. I always say, come to find out, the most dangerous thing for anyone’s mother to do is just sit on a couch at home. So if anybody has a mom anywhere who might be sitting on a couch, call her immediately and say, ‘Get off the couch!’ ●
– – Bobby Bare Jr. on the incident that inspired his song “A Storm, A Tree, My Mother’s Head.” Now there’s a title.
Music is what I am, and everything else is what I do. ●
– – Kenny Rogers.
Waylon performs “Waymore’s Blues” solo acoustic, even though he’s not sure it makes any sense: