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I can’t believe that it’s been that long since I’ve had a regular studio album. Everything has changed since I put out ‘Real Fine Place.’ It’s a completely new world. The iPhone wasn’t even out then. Now I love to use Twitter. ●
– – Really, Sara? That’s what has changed?
I think our inspiration was ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today.’ We just decided to write a sad country song about drinking, and that’s what came out. … My manager thinks that song could be a total game-changer for my career. It would have to be released at the right time. […] We need two or three big hits — and then that. ●
– – Sara Evans on “What That Drink Cost Me.” If they’re waiting for two or three big hits first, my fear is that the album’s best track won’t be released at all.
I know in reality there may be a time when I’ll still want to sing and write and people won’t care. There may be a time when my time passes and I’ll still be doing it, but I won’t be doing it at this level. I’ll always want to do it, because I love it. But I may be back in a motor home traveling around Texas with the trailer again, playing bars at some point. So I just want to keep that reality close to mind. ●
– – Miranda Lambert considers her post-headliner years.
Who else thought this new show called The Voice was going to be about the late Vern Gosdin? Well, unfortunately, it’s not. ●
– – One of my favorite Bonaguroian rhetorical devices is the never-quite-convincing profession of love for traditional country music, usually delivered in passing.
For my taste, and for what I call country, there’s almost none of it left anymore. If you turn on a mainstream country station right now, the music that they’re playing is watered-down, inferior pop music, with stupid lyrics, stupid predictable melodies and occasionally a funny pun. I find listening to it difficult. ●
– – Jimmie Dale Gilmore doesn’t mince words.
Every time I hear that, I think, ‘Man, he picked me.’ All these years, all my buddies, Luke Bryan and this guy and that guy (got to tour with Chesney), I was like, ‘Wait a minute, I started first.’ I’m in awe of where (Chesney) has taken his organization and success, and I just want to be a part of it. ●
– – Billy Currington on
sunbathing with opening shows for Kenny Chesney.
Q: Who do you like?
A: I like Miranda Lambert and her boyfriend Blake Shelton. I kissed him on the cheek and she said, “You’re trying to take him away from me.” I said, “He’s my boyfriend now.” And I love that black guy, what’s his name?
Q: Darius Rucker?
A: That’s him! Now that’s country. Also, Garth Brooks is coming back. That little booger is one of the greatest entertainers you’ll ever see. ●
– – Loretta Lynn loves that black guy. You know the one?
We were in Spokane, Washington, and we just threw the song in the middle of the show — we never said anything about it — and the people went crazy. We had to encore the thing three times in the middle of the show! ●
– – Oak Ridge Boy Richard Sterban on the first live performance of “Elvira.”
So, there’s always been this thing about what is real country, but… the beauty of it is that there’s something in country music for everybody. I think you kind of have to pick your division and go there. The bottom line is: Just get on. Whether that’s by getting a Taylor Swift or Keith Urban record and that leads you to Grandpa Jones, then great. If you start with Grandpa Jones and that takes you to Taylor Swift, then great, too. The main thing is to get on and take a look. ●
– – Writing for the Dallas Observer, Kelly Dearmore interviewed Marty Stuart, who thinks Taylor Swift is a gateway to Grandpa Jones. I’m not sure I see that conversion happening.
Soon enough this lame joke came along and ‘brown chicken brown cow’ was code. Of course, three of my idiot friends wrote a song and, of course, I recorded it. ●
– – Trace Adkins isn’t even trying to sell “Brown Chicken…” anymore.
I get it that not everyone is going to like what you do, and I get that no matter what, you’re going to be criticized for something. But I also get that there are different ways to criticize someone. There’s constructive criticism, there’s professional criticism and then there’s just being mean. And there’s a line that you cross when you just start to attack everything about a person. And there’s one guy, man, who just crossed the line over and over again of just being mean and just saying things that would ruin my day. ●
– – Taylor Swift clarifies that “Mean” is about a particular type of criticism, not just anyone saying anything bad about her ever. Put me firmly in the ‘thumbs up’ camp on this one.
The response to our initial discussions of this project are not only positive but inspiring. The excitement is instantly visible. There hasn’t been an artist in the last 20 years make a record like we’re making with Gene and Rhonda. It’s not just any other project. It’s healing for the country music community! ●
– – Herb Sandker, president of Upper Management Music, which is planning to release a full-blown Gene Watson and Rhonda Vincent duets album! Still, I wonder if he might be overselling it with the “first in 20 years” business. I’m betting it will be comparable to last year’s Amber Digby/Justin Trevino album.
A self-proclaimed “redneck” stole cash and a David Allan Coe country music album from a CD Warehouse in Oklahoma City last week, according to a police report released Monday. […] After the clerk gave him the contents of the cash drawer, the robber said, “I’ll take this (CD) too. I’m kind of a redneck.” ●
– – A Jeff Foxworthy joke came to life. The guy didn’t even bother wearing a mask.
New Larry Cordle song “Brown Check” performed live on WSM. Pud Marcum’s Hangin’ comes out this week.