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It feels to me like now would be the perfect time to make an album. They wouldn’t even have to say, “Forgive us.” They could just be their own fascinating, funny, ultra-musical selves and do a record they are proud of and love. I think it would be an interesting way to turn a fresh page. I know a lot of people who miss them and wish they were back on the scene. ●
- – Adele producer (slash former Semisonic singer slash co-writer of “Not Ready to Make Nice”) Dan Wilson thinks the time is right for the return of the Dixie Chicks.
Melissa Rycroft, a popular contestant on Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor, will star with husband Tye Strickland in the new CMT series, Melissa & Tye, debuting April 20 at 9 p.m. […] Melissa & Tye is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions. ●
- – Pretty much everything you need to know about CMT programming.
I’ve always been a little put off by the idea that you need a reason to be nice to people. I’m just going to be fair with people, not because I’m afraid of what’s going to happen to me if I don’t, and not because I’m going to get good luck if I do. But because it’s right. I’m rooting for God as much as the next guy. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than go to heaven with my wife and just sit there forever, but I’m not going to ignore logic or base my life on superstition, especially when it becomes something that’s going to impact another person. ●
- – Todd Snider, making a lot of sense. His new album is Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables.
What a way to go. Tim McGraw’s “Please Remember Me” is the new American Idol elimination song, and I can’t think of a better piece of buh-bye music. Especially since season 10 winner Scotty McCreery will be doing the singing. ●
- – It figures that Alison Bonaguro would be excited about Scotty McCreery killing a Rodney Crowell song. Rest in peace, “Please Remember Me.”
Q: Historically, where did brokers get tickets?
A: People at the record store, the box office, the promoter’s office, the low-paid people. There must be somewhere where there’s legit people in those jobs, but why would they be? They don’t get paid a lot, and it’s there for the taking. If you don’t take it, somebody else will. ●
- – Unnamed ticket reseller, in an interview with Billboard.
one of my favorite songs I’ve ever been a part of in my life ●
- – Craig Morgan on “Corn Star.” I think he might be too far gone to save.
But I have kids come up to me all the time asking, “How’d you do it” or “What do you recommend?” I say, “Let me give this to you first: I was 35 when I had my first hit. Do you want to do that?” Because they’re usually 16 or 17 and they say, “Oh no, man!” Here’s my advice: Get something to fall back on and fall back on it right now! Don’t do it! It is so hard. It’s brutal! Brutal is a great word. You have to give up a lot. ●
- – Neal McCoy does not encourage you to pursue a career in music.
My publisher Rusty Gaston called me one day, and said, ‘Man, you and Dallas and Rhett need to write a song — either about or have it in the title — about get your hands up.’ He said all these pop songs and rap songs are doing that these days, and everyone who does it is going No. 1. It’s just a celebration of a good time. ●
- – Peach Picker Ben Hayslip on the genesis of “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” lately a hit for Luke Bryan.
You feel very honored. But at the same time there’s this kind of guilt or, I don’t know what it is, a kind of embarrassment, so you feel uneasy because I wouldn’t be standing here today talking to you if it wasn’t for Randy Travis. I wouldn’t be standing here talking to you today if it wasn’t for Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Steve Wariner, these guys. … I think eventually they will get in, but it probably should’ve been before Garth Brooks came in. That’s the whole feeling for the day. ●
- – Garth Brooks on being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
I think it’s bullshit. The whole alt-country thing is bullshit. I think whoever thought of that needs to be hung up by his thumbs. ●
- – Wayne Hancock is no great fan of alt-country as a genre description.
I didn’t know what ‘alternative’ country music people did, or how they traveled. I saw Buddy Miller one night, (and) I said, ‘You make a living doing this?’ And he said, ‘yeah.’ … But, you know, they can sleep on a couch or whatever. It sort of gave me the impression that they were sort of gypsy-like in a way. But they’re way further into music than the average person you see who’s sort of industrialized and organized and institutionalized and incorporated, which is the way some of Nashville is today. ●
- – As best as Tom T. Hall can tell, alt-country artists are kind of like music-obsessed homeless people. Close enough?
- – John Paul White, deadpan, on what it is about The Civil Wars that has struck such a chord with listeners.