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We’ve been writing songs like crazy. I’ve always wanted to do a girl project, but it’s not a typical girl trio. We definitely have an edge. ●
– – Miranda Lambert on the Pistol Annies, her new trio side project with Ashley Monroe(!!!) and Angaleena Presley. Not sure how seriously they’re going to be pursuing this as far as albums or tours and whatnot, but they do have a Facebook page.
This is not a departure for me, I simply stepped outside the Air Supply box to dip a toe into other waters, an ocean of music that I’ve admired from afar. This compilation will touch hearts the same way Air Supply music does—just when fans close their eyes as they listen, they’ll hear and feel a different musical vibe. ●
– – Air Supply’s Russell Hitchcock on recording a country album, which includes writing by Hal Ketchum and Josh Thompson but isn’t actually a departure from what he’s done before (cough cough).
It was between ‘Cowboy Casanova’ and this one. ●
– – Vince Gill introduces his performance of “Jesus Take the Wheel” at the ACM Girls’ Night Out taping.
Country music is about loving people, it’s about having a life and being proud of who you are. I always saw that when I was young — people would roll up on buses and have their dogs and kids. I think sometimes [in pop], that’s really frowned on a little as it’s bigger than life and it’s all about the celebrities. In country, they really look at the singer, where in the pop world, I wasn’t really showing my talent. I was enjoying it, but it was more about being hip and cool and I’m not so sure I’m hip and cool anymore [laughs]. But I can sing and I love great music and I love the stories and the warmth in a country song. ●
– – ’80s pop princess Tiffany on the appeal of country. She recently released Rose Tattoo, which she describes as “Bonnie Raitt with a Stevie Ray Vaughan vibe.” So, you know… it’s ‘country.’
They’re one of our biggest influences, if not the biggest influence. ●
– – Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley on Rascal Flatts.
Country music is hip and it’s cool and it’s young and it’s fresh, and I think her being here tonight is even more of a testimony to that. ●
– – Jennifer Nettles thinks Rihanna makes country cool, which I can only take to mean that Jennifer Nettles doesn’t actually like country music very much.
I personally love all kinds of music, but this was a country awards show and I don’t think we need artists from other formats to make us cool. We’ve got that covered on our own! (via Country Aircheck)
– – WFRE’s Jess Wright hits the nail on the head.
I’m drinking for two! That’s how it works. ●
– – Eric Church on hitting Vegas with a pregnant wife. Makes sense to me.
I’m not comfortable doing a covers album. Those songs have been done as well as they could’ve been done or they wouldn’t have been hits. No one needs to recut ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today.’ George Jones recut ‘Hello Darlin’ ‘ in honor of Conway [Twitty] and between those two, you can put that one to rest . . . Same with ‘A Country Boy Can Survive,’ and ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’ . . . I wanted the album to be ‘This Is Country Music’ now, not then. ●
– – In a Billboard cover story by Deborah Evans Price, Brad Paisley talks about why he remixed Alabama instead of just covering them.
When Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook from Alabama took the stage with Brad to join him on the song, the room exploded. It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Alabama retired from performing together in 2004, and many of the programmers were there when they were first introduced to radio many years ago. ●
– – Sony Music Nashville CEO Gary Overton on Brad Paisley + Alabama’s “once-in-a-lifetime” performance at CRS… which was repeated on the ACMs. Think he might be unclear on definition of “once.”
It just keeps going on like it always has. It’s youth driven like a lot of pop music. What’s on the radio is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much great music under the country music umbrella. It’s very vital right now. I miss some of the older stuff sometimes. But it’s always changing. The older stuff doesn’t die. I like to think we’re adding to our collection, not losing anything. ●
– – Pam Tillis treads lightly on the matter of modern country music.
I remember he took me to a record store in town and he bought a Robert Johnson collection, the complete recordings, and he made me copies of all the songs he thought were appropriate for an 8-, 9-year-old kid to listen to. […] That was really my favorite thing in the world, and probably the first songs I wrote were a 12-year-old white kid’s attempt at the blues. ●
– – Jason Isbell on gaining an appreciation of the blues from his grandpa.
With his head shaved to a stubble, his beard patchy in places, he struck you as someone you wouldn’t want to mess with, especially after he pulled a pair of brass knuckles from his back pocket and blared his rebel anthem “Take It Outside.” ●
– – You have to admit that Brantley Gilbert sounds like an even bigger tool than Jason Aldean.
Ensconced in neighboring farmhouse-y mansions on misty acreages in a tranquilly private holler an hour south of Nashville, the Judds appear to spend a lot of their time examining their feelings, which are “raw” and “vulnerable” — both words come up a lot, as does the constant therapy-speak, describing “where I’m at” in relation to “where you’re at,” often with the aid of a private, on-call counselor, Ted Klontz. ●
– – Reading about Wynonna and Naomi’s new reality show makes me proud to not have live TV.
When you’ve got that fear though, to me, that’s when you’re making the right music. If you’re making stuff that’s just safe, yeah, maybe it is a No. 1 song, but does anybody care? That’s my biggest issue. When you have a No. 1 song and you can’t sell a record or you can’t sell a ticket, what did you accomplish? Did you really move people or did you just make background music for everybody else that’s very forgettable. And I can promise that what we do won’t be forgettable. ●
– – Eric Church thinks it’s important to make everyone, including himself, a little uncomfortable. Having seen that ACM video I posted last week, I wonder if he’d settle for nauseous.
You hear every day about how much the music biz has changed and that is certainly true. You see the veterans worrying about having to change their ways and the new guys trying to guess which hoop to jump through. But for all of the changing I believe one thing will never change. A good song will always have a place. Songwriters may have to be lighter on their feet than ever before but their main job should be to write songs that demand to be heard. ●
– – Mac McAnally figures great songs will always have a place.
Nashville is a lot of two-faced people in the music business. They love you as long as you have something to offer them. I never could have been happy living in Nashville. ●
– – Billy ‘Crash’ Craddock.
Nathan Rabin finally concluded his “Nashville or Bust” series with a trip to the country music mecca.