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For two years I said, ‘You know,’ 35 times in an interview and I had little tics you have to work out. I get on live TV and I look like I’m on a sailboat rocking back and forth. Someone has to come up to me and go, ‘Stop doing that. You look like an idiot.’ ●
– – ACM Awards co-host Luke Bryan on refining his screen presence.
Country music has a much younger demographic these days, and younger people are less likely to be prejudiced against blacks and gays than their parents and grandparents were. So if tolerance works its way into the songs, it’s a sign of country music starting to catch up with its audience. ●
– – Bobby Braddock, quoted in a fine Peter Cooper article on Brad Paisley’s upcoming album.
And Paisley’s 2009 country hit, “Welcome to the Future,” a song that championed technological and societal progress, drew ire from a vocal minority who found it unduly progressive. (In it, Paisley alluded to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech: “Unduly progressive” can apparently mean “Referring to something that happened a half-century ago.”) ●
– – Peter Cooper in above-mentioned article.
Well, I’m an old cat. I’ve had more cool stuff happen to me since I turned 60 than the 60 years before. I’ve had some incredible stuff happen to me. I’m kind of like The Forrest Gump of Americana. ●
– – Run, Ray Wylie Hubbard, run.
I used to worry about it more when I was starting out, especially when I was playing American tunes. I didn’t want to seem like I was pretending to be something that I was not. Now that I’m more comfortable with everything, the key is just not worrying about it at all. It’s a matter of giving yourself permission to play what you like. ●
– – April Verch (in conversation with Stephen Deusner) on assimilating traditional musical forms.
I’m doing it to represent my fans, who are laid back but not lazy. They’re very chill but have a lot of passion. And no matter where they are, they walk through the world like bare feet in the sand. It’s why they’re drawn to my music, and hopefully they’ll feel same way about the rum. ●
– – Kenny Chesney on his new rum brand, Blue Chair Bay, for people who are “chill” but “passionate” and “walk through the world like bare feet in the sand.” Just level with me, Chez: These are the same people who wear flip-flops everywhere, right? God help us.
I recommend following your heart. If the whole world thinks you shouldn’t be doing something that you truly believe you’re supposed to be doin,’ you gotta do that. And that can alienate some people, but you just have to do what you feel like you were set down here to do. My mother had said, ‘Even if you get successful at this, it’s never gonna mean anything to us, songwriting, because nobody over the age of 16 listens to that kind of stuff [laughs], and if they did, it wouldn’t be somebody we wanted to know.’ So that’s what you deal with. ●
– – Kris Kristofferson, cool as ever.
Everything we do is the means to our live end. Knowing what we needed were stacks of electric guitars and massive Queen-esque vocals, that’s when we made the decision to bring those songs home to Nashville and get Dann, who does that in his sleep, to bring that to life. ●
– – Kimberly Perry (The Band Perry) knows that if it’s stacked guitars and Queen-esque vocals you want, the home of modern country music is right where you need to be.
I’m excited for that moment right before they announce the winner. Whoever wins, country music is so talented. ●
– – ACM nominee Tyler Hubbard (Florida Georgia Line) makes the dubious claim that country music is, itself, talented. Because it’s a person, you see.
I listen just enough to learn the song. I probably piss off writers constantly because I change words in songs all the time without being conscious of it. I want to get the idea of the song and melody before I put it away and head into the studio, relying on the memory I have of it. Doing that makes the recording more uniquely and honestly me. ●
– – Potential downside to landing a hit with Tim McGraw: Even if he decides to cut your song, he may or may not know the actual lyrics.
It’s so cool. It’s like getting to sing with someone that’s attained a level that you only get if you die. ●
– – Garth Brooks on singing with George Strait, who is still very much alive.
Happy birthday to my friend Mr Merle Haggard! :) ●
– – Smiley face? This Merle Haggard/Hunter Hayes thing has officially gotten weird.
[Joe] Nichols played a couple of new songs, too, which he said indicated his new direction. One of them is a breezy summer tune called “Sunny and 75,” which will sound just fine on the radio when it’s released in May. Another is a novelty song that might frustrate his fans who appreciate his traditional side. It’s called “Hee Haw,” and the cheerful chorus goes something like “If you show me your yee-haw, I’ll show you my hee-haw.” It did not receive rousing applause. ●
– – From a Craig Shelburne concert review at CMT. Consider me preemptively frustrated.
Everybody has that friend [who’s] the silent type and that tells you he’s very intelligent. I think that’s a very awesome quality in those types of people, when they sit back, judge the room, wait methodically on what they say, and when they say it they’re typically right on the money with it. That’s what Jason is. I’m the one that says all their feelings, talks too much, has to apologize five times about it and can somehow craft my way out of a lot of it. too. But that’s my personality. I do better off-the-cuff. ●
– – Luke Bryan compares and contrasts the interpersonal styles of himself and Jason Aldean, who is evidently some kind of hyper-intelligent Marlboro Man.
Here’s an Opry performance by Kacey Musgraves for your troubles.