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We’re standing backstage together and he leaned over to me and said, ‘I’m not going to be very funny.’ I said, ‘Hell, man, don’t say that, this is gonna be cool.’ [He said,] ‘No, you don’t understand, none of this is funny to me. How can I be funny if I don’t even think it’s funny?’ I said, ‘Man, you’re right. You’re probably gonna suck.’ ●
– – If you thought last December’s American Country Awards was shoddy, you’re not alone: so did host Trace Adkins (as recounted by Blake Shelton).
So it’s very exciting to get to do what I love to do again, you know, and to feel that energy and to be that person up on stage. It’s an unbelievable feeling to feel all those people focus energy right on you, and us as a band we can feel that. There’s no feeling like that anywhere. ●
– – I’m glad Kenny Chesney’s back to touring so we get to hear him talk about all his feelings again.
To the Mat tells the story of a laid-back ex-wrestler (Schroder) who’s trying to keep his family’s down-and-out Southern wrestling school above water. When his mother hires an uptight Wall Street consultant from New York (Bundy) to help get the books in order, these two opposites must find a way to get along and save the family business. Written by C. Jay Cox (Sweet Home Alabama) and directed by Rob Iscove (She’s All That), To the Mat is currently in production in British Columbia and is set to premiere in August. ●
– – CMT is going to be focusing more of its efforts on developing made-for-TV romantic comedies, like this new one starring Ricky Schroder and Laura Bell Bundy. Who needs music, anyway?
Stay tuned next week for an update on every move John Rich makes on Celebrity Apprentice. ●
– – You know, I don’t even think Alison Bonaguro is joking…
Ballads like “Massachusetts” and “Tangled Up in You” are pure country (minus vocal twangery) and his poignant statement of country intent, “Country Boy” is a good enough song to rank with the likes of Hank Jr., Merle Haggard and Alan Jackson. ●
– – Staind’s Aaron Lewis is up there with Haggard? This writer is walking on the fighting side of me.
Cher knows that her listeners also listen to country music, so she felt it was a natural thing to develop a country music relationship. ●
– – Cher is recording a country album. I could honestly throat-punch a koala right now.
There’s not a greater compliment in the world than having people at radio who listen to music every day pay attention to your lyrics and enjoy what you do. ●
– – New artist Kip Moore is flattered by the attention of all those super-discerning radio programmers (cough cough). Not a greater compliment in the world? Really? Their affections are bought and sold.
I guess I went to that well [of raunchy songs like “Brown Chicken Brown Cow”] one too many times. They’re over it. It’s like if I was a painter. I was painting landscapes and I couldn’t sell any of them, then one day I decided to paint a bowl of fruit and someone walks in my studio and immediately buys it. Then I start painting more bowls of fruit, and they’re selling great for a while and I stop painting landscapes. Then someone comes in and says, ‘Got any landscapes?’ ‘No, I quit doing those.’ ‘Well, I want those now.’ ‘Oh.’ ●
– – Trace Adkins on trying to please the radio gods. I hope he sticks to landscapes for a while.
She’s like me, she sings hard, and she’s just country as cornbread. ●
– – Toby Keith on daughter Krystal. I guess if one can sing softly, one can also sing ‘hard.’ But it’s a pretty weird way to describe your own singing style.
There’s not a lot of people who would have done that. That was a gutsy record to make. There’s an escalator everybody’s on, and it takes some courage to step off. ●
– – Dierks Bentley on Dierks Bentley’s Up on the Ridge album. He seems to have impressed himself.
I spent the last five months working on a record coming out in August. It’s electric country, with a lot of bass and drums. The first song is a big party song. It’s called “Am I the Only One?” and it’s a song about trying to drag your buddies out to have a good time. ●
– – For those who were hoping that some extra bluegrass influence might seep into Dierks Bentley’s first post Up on the Ridge album, no such luck. In fact, it sounds like he’s going right back to “Sideways.” Ugh.
When someone is sitting there in an office in a pair of pajamas and they say that they own the Bank of America…well, that’s a real different feeling. ●
– – As the Houston Press reports, ’90s star Doug Supernaw (“Reno,” “I Don’t Call Him Daddy”) continues to face a battery of addiction and mental health issues.
Q: What are three things you cannot live without?
A: Sunflower seeds — well, I could probably literally live without them — but sunflower seeds, a guitar and black ChapStick. ●
– – New artist Frankie Ballard digs deep.
Hell, I’m a junkie, I slip into using drugs all the time. It used to be brief periods of being messed up, balanced with long periods of being clean and now it’s gotten into brief periods of being clean, balanced with long periods of being messed up. Right now it’s going well. […] The touring definitely makes it hard. You are surrounded by drinks the whole time; you are surrounded by drugs. And people want to give them to you. Not only do I have a problem with drugs I don’t have to pay for them either. ●
– – Justin Townes Earle on the difficulty of staying clean on the road.
I hate to sound like an old man now, but I am, and you mark my words, in a generation from now people are going to say: ‘What happened?’ Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business. ●
– – Bon Jovi thinks Steve Jobs killed the music business. He doesn’t like that people can now preview and purchase single tracks instead of shelling out money for whole albums.
I mainly read non-fiction, and that’s probably because I have a huge amount of insecurity about my lack of education and the things I don’t know. But I loved the Harry Potter books. When the Potter ‘Phoenix’ book was released in 2003 I was living with a woman and her 10-year daughter and we went out at midnight to get a new copy. There were kids lined up to buy a f—— book. I thought that was so cool. I know a lot of kids gave up on the Potter books but I read every one. ●
– – Fun Fact: Steve Earle is a diehard Harry Potter fan.