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These days there’s dudes getting facials, Chris Young ●
– – Brad Paisley, razzing his opening act while singing “I’m Still a Guy” in concert. Hardy har.
Distraction is the enemy of art. Attention is necessary for appreciation. We cannot capture a live concert experience on our phones, and we cannot fully appreciate and enjoy music while attempting to take pictures, shoot video or upload our thoughts. With music we must be present to win. And we’re not fully present while we’re fiddling with our gadgets. ●
– – Peter Cooper says “Put phones away, enjoy the show.” Amen.
essentially a disaster for the radio industry ●
– – Edison Research president Larry Rosin on the widespread use of voicetracking (and corresponding erosion of live, local flavor) on commercial country radio.
It’s the little things. If you see someone who needs help, help them. If something needs help, help it. I feel like those are what make the best stories, not so and so wrote a check. Just so and so came and cleaned out awful nasty kennels. ●
– – Carrie Underwood emphasizes service over check-writing while receiving the Country Radio Broadcasters Artist Humanitarian Award.
It’s super easy, especially in this business when one gets to a level of success, to become a caricature of yourself. They say, “Oh my god, that’s perfect. Stay just like that but bigger,” and things get exaggerated and you become a caricature. So I wanted to shake it up for myself and I wanted to show my fans something different. I don’t really look at it as a career risk, but if that happens to be the result of being authentic to myself as an artist, so be it. To me, it’s an even greater risk to stagnate. ●
– – Jennifer Nettles, whose new album is That Girl.
Being critically acclaimed is a great thing. I look at the movies. Typically when something is critically acclaimed, it’s really great and it’s in commercials and you see the hype, but it doesn’t mean the masses will like the product.
It means critics like the product. They don’t live in the same universe like you, me and others. I always take it with a grain of salt. It’s very good for the artist — great to be recognized — but it doesn’t always correlate to album sales and success on the radio. That’s up to the listeners. ●
– – Clear Channel Media Executive Vice President of Programming Clay Hunnicutt (to The Tennessean’s Nate Rau, who has been doing some stellar reporting around this year’s Country Radio Seminar) blames listeners for the lack of radio support for Brandy Clark, Ashley Monroe, and Kacey Musgraves.
And there is not one person, and I’m not just saying this, who could sit there and quote every musician who’s played on every record. I can text him right now and say, “Hey, who wrote such-and-such song in 1982?” and he would tell me. He is an encyclopedia of country music.
And for someone who cares so much, for them to attack him, I was thinking, “Ugh! That should be the last person they should be attacking!” ●
– – Ashley Monroe on Blake Shelton’s Old Farts and Jackasses kerfuffle.
I’d never met Loretta before. I knew she was going to be here, so I was excited. Somebody comes up behind me and smacks me on the rear, and I’m offended for a split second. I’m like ‘Who would dare walk up behind me and smack me on the bum?’ I turn around, and I’m like, ‘Oh, my gosh. It’s Loretta!’ She didn’t really stop to say anything. She just smacked me on the rear. ●
– – Carrie Underwood on getting the ole Kentucky howdy from Loretta Lynn.
You just have to look at it from a positive standpoint. I’m doing what I love to do, and I don’t want to be a big, huge star. That’s more trouble than it’s worth, too. I’m just lucky to be doing it. It’s a blessing. ●
– – Phil Vassar on making a living on country’s C list.
It’s a music of the people. The good country songs that I like to sing, they all tell a story. As long as you have a good story, you have a good record. I am not fond of the country music that they do in this day and time. That’s just not my cup of tea. I like Porter Wagoner, Don Gibson, Marty Robbins and Lefty Frizzell. These are the people that made country music what it is, and I am so thankful that I come up in the days that was country music. ●
– – Jean Shepard.
RCA didn’t like the fact that I write my own songs. I don’t belong with these companies who don’t appreciate what I do. Easy decision [to leave]. If you asked RCA or any major label what my problem is/was, it would be that I don’t record songs written by the publisher’s stable of writers. 22 number one hits wasn’t enough to cement my place as the writer of my music. Go figure! ●
– – Clint Black.
If you don’t mind single-engine airplanes, a few bumps and wearing an oxygen mask up 12,500 feet, then this is the way to get around. It’s awesome and it has gained me 80 to 100 extra nights at home with my family. ●
– – Dierks Bentley on getting a pilot’s license to maximize time at home.
For me, pop-rock was the experience of playing and writing all the time with the same four guys in a band. With country, I might collaborate with 20 or 30 different songwriters and musicians while working on an album. That’s a big difference. ●
– – Darius Rucker.
From the record company standpoint, it is absolutely more efficient and cost-effective with respect to reaching a larger audience in one shot, but it can also be somewhat scary in that there are fewer voices and opinions being heard out there. […] If a national personality is excited about my artist and conveys that excitement to his/her audience, I am home-free. If that personality is not excited about them, however, we have fewer places to build a story or communicate a love for that artist or song. ●
– – BBR Music Group Executive Vice President Jon Loba (to The Tennessean’s Nate Rau) on the promise and danger of media consolidation.
If they aren’t fighting, they’re screwing. Saginaw, Michigan, we had four or five fights that night, and up on the railing, eight or 10 couples screwing, everyone responding like this is the last show they’ll ever see. I don’t think we encourage any of this. I’m just very aggressive and intense onstage. ●
– – Eric Church on his crowds, the misconduct of which he does not encourage per se but does comment approvingly upon to Men’s Journal, thereby encouraging.
It’s a real thing. I’m a different guy. I’m a different hang. Some people are intimidated by it and cut me a wide berth. I’ve noticed it. Seriously, when I’m Chief, I’m different than at any other time in my life. ●
– – Eric Church on becoming Chief. Fair to say that anyone who talks about himself this much, in this way, would indeed be a different hang. Whatever that means.
Lee Brice sings “I Drive Your Truck” on the Opry, could pulverize Eric Church without trying: