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One of the best songs on my iPod is ‘I Drive Your Truck.’ I just happened to be driving — not my truck, but my Prius — and I heard it, and it’s just got so much going for it, including a very strong anti-war message. I love that song. When someone puts that together with the same kind of chords and the same instrumentation and the same words from the English language, but shapes it in a new way, I just love it. ●
– – Kevin Bacon says Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck” is anti-war. Who are you to argue with Kevin Bacon?
That was another thing on our bucket list, a [Band Perry] cupcake. ●
– – Reid Perry reveals that getting their own cupcake was high on the list of The Band Perry’s career/life aspirations. What are the odds he’s joking?
He is a ramped-up Elvis. His stage performance and persona are extraordinary. His genuineness and sincerity are evident in everything he does. And most important, his songs are right in the pocket. This one is going to be a force for a long time. ●
– – Mike Dungan, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville, on Luke Bryan. Troubling.
In Nashville, somebody wrote an article that said, ‘Why are these guys recording an album with these quote-unquote dinosaurs?’ Which was really offensive to us! But I think we proved them wrong. ●
– – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Jeff Hanna on Will the Circle Be Unbroken, now available as a remastered vinyl set to commemorate 40+ years since its original release in 1972.
OFFSTAGE: It’d Sure Be Cool If Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton Had a Baby ●
– – It’d Sure Be Cool If Alison Bonaguro Didn’t Post Such Insipid Stuff.
I just got back from the doctor, and I’ve got bronchitis. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
I’m hoping to get some rest, and I need to get these meds down me. ●
– – Lately, Taste of Country’s Jeremy Robinson has actually been beating Bonaguro for sheer pointlessness.
I like the weather, I guess. That would be hard not to. My favorite thing about Los Angeles is there are businesses that you can call, and they will deliver groceries to your house. I’m talking about, “Hey, will y’all go get me a bottle of vodka, a bag of ice and some Doritos? And I’m working on getting one of those medical cards, so y’all can bring me some cookies.” They’ll bring all that stuff right to your house. You don’t even have to leave. I never leave the house when I’m in Los Angeles unless I’m going to The Voice, ever. ●
– – Blake Shelton on what he likes about California.
I’ve been writing songs the way [the Pistol Annies] write for 11 years and had been doing it for five years when I heard ‘Gunpowder and Lead.’ I was like, ‘Well, thank God somebody else is telling the truth besides me.’ Because I was just ready to go home. I had poured my heart into these songs and people were so afraid of them. I could not get in. Then [Miranda] heard the same songs I’m talking about and she said, ‘Call her. She’s in.’ ●
– – Angaleena Presley, saved by the grace of Lonestar Annie.
We’re doing a tribute to Ernest Tubb. I’m gonna do his method with my voice. We’re also gonna do a tribute to Bob Dylan with some of his songs that I like – “Blowin’ in the Wind,” stuff like that. ●
– – Merle Haggard is working on a couple new tribute albums, including one where he’ll dig deep for some Dylan song called “Blowin’ in the Wind.”
The depth of the art form [right now] is pretty shallow, mostly mechanical effects brought about from electronics. But I think this kid Hunter Hayes is the greatest thing that’s happened. He writes the songs and plays the instruments and stays in key. He’s a good ‘un. ●
– – For all the other Haggard idiosyncrasies, his over-the-top adoration of Hunter Hayes might still be the strangest. (Yes, I’m aware that Hayes writes/sings/produces/plays every instrument imaginable/wears impossibly tiny t-shirts. But “the greatest thing that’s happened”?)
It’s nice talking to somebody with a southern accent. I can understand you (laughs). You know, we say, “I don’t care. I’ll do that.” That means to me that I’ll help you. So I said to this guy, “I don’t care. I’ll do that.” But that meant to him that I didn’t want to do it. That’s one of the things I’m talking about, and it’s just how screwed up our country is today. ●
– – Alabama’s Randy Owen figures everyone everywhere not understanding his muddled Southern sayings is evidence that the entire country is going to hell in a handbasket. Imagine how much better these United States would be if we all just thought and spoke in exactly the same way.
I never had a problem with any of it. I’ve known straight and gay people all my life. I can’t tell the difference. People are people where I came from. ●
– – Willie Nelson on gay marriage.
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