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I’m a huge fan of theirs and have studied their records for years. ●
- – Hunter Hayes has studied – as in ‘listened to, on purpose, repeatedly’ – Rascal Flatts records. Can you imagine? This kid is not to be trusted.
Jamey Johnson is completing a duets tribute album to songwriter Hank Cochran that will team him vocally with Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Bobby Bare, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, George Strait, Leon Russell, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard. ●
- – Days after reading this, I keep referring back to the news item to make sure I didn’t dream it.
That’s not a cliché. It’s real for me. All of it is. ●
- – Justin Moore on “Flyin’ Down a Back Road” and being a living cliché. Know what? I believe him.
I’m like a duck paddling under the surface, but hopefully I look cool. ●
- – Carrie Underwood on the work of remembering where to breathe when singing “Good Girl.”
I think people will hear once and for all the way that we were influenced and what we cut our teeth doing in the clubs together. Our music wasn’t as pop as what it evolved into. Joe Don used to play a (Telecaster) every night and chicken pick with the best of them. We’re proud of the records we’ve made, but it’s always been fun for us to explore our countrier sides. ●
- – Jay DeMarcus is framing the new Rascal Flatts album as their return to a more country style. If you’re brave, give the clips a listen on Amazon and see if he’s right.
You think this 16-year-old kid who bagged groceries for a living — making a couple of dollars an hour — you think I thought this could happen? Just go out there and sing, and crazy things can happen. ●
- – Scotty McCreery. A couple dollars an hour? Someone should look into North Carolina labor laws…
The storytelling is the same. I have always said the honesty is in the lyrics, the honesty is in what’s the story about, whether you put a steel guitar in the middle of it or whether you leave the steel guitar out or put a choir in the background, or guitar or saxophone solo. It’s still the same. ●
- – So, yeah. Lionel Richie has pretty much been country all along.
Blake Shelton hears with his ears, eyes, mind and his heart. ●
- – Hears with his eyes! Wow, Hazel Smith always has the inside scoop.
Jones is known for classic country hits, including “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” ●
- – One-sentence explanation of who George Jones is, tossed in at end of an AP article about his upper respiratory infection. Tipster Jeremy Dylan writes that it’s “a little sad that they needed to explain who the Possum is in this AP story. It seems both over and under explaining him.”
My problem with the dancing on stage is I sing. Sometimes if I get excited and start bopping around, I can’t sing. Everything I do is 1000 percent live. It’s easier to move around on a video when you don’t have to actually belt it out. ●
- – I’m not sure that Carrie Underwood has a firm grasp of how percentages work.
And Bob just knows how to put a song together. I’m not gonna say that he knows how to sing them. I’m just gonna say he knows how to put them together. (Laughs.) To watch him sing is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. I’m a big fan of his. ●
- – Loretta Lynn thinks Bob Dylan is a great songwriter, and also good comic relief.
I had the finest help you ever saw and whoever would have thought of that? Georgia’s known for chain gangs. ●
- – Merle Haggard, from the stage, on his hospital stay for pneumonia in Georgia.
Fun talking hungry people with you, @martinamcbride. ●
- – Alison Bonaguro, tweeting about a Big Machine/General Mills partnership to fight hunger in the United States. Not sure “fun” was quite the right word.
Loved hearing about your efforts to feed the hungry, both past and present, @JayDeMarcus. ●
- – Now that she has the answer to one of the most pressing questions of our time, Alison’s holding back. Anyone out there have thoughts on how we can feed the hungry people of the past?
Here’s Charlie Robison’s video for “El Cerrito Place,” which Kenny Chesney is evidently covering on his upcoming album Welcome to the Fishbowl. Think it’ll be a good fit?