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Remember now, you all call it country. I call it pop music. It’s American pop music. That’s why when you go to the Grammys now, it’s not [only] the country category. Country artists are winning song of the year now, record of the year. … That never happened before, to the point now where it’s become dead center of what America’s about. ●
- – Lionel Richie on the pervasiveness of country.
I haven’t met her. I don’t know if I am supposed to. I have her on this pedestal. I grew up singing her songs, and me and my mom used to do dishes to her records. We had a record player in the kitchen. I used to skip school and go to Butcher Hollow [pronounced ‘Holler’] and write in my journal, ‘Oh Loretta, I wanna be just like you.’ ●
- – Angaleena Presley on Loretta Lynn.
In so many ways, it’s like crawling into my dad’s stereo speakers. That’s what it was like for me. ●
- – Keith Urban on performing with Don Williams.
I had written that song and it was one of the biggest fights that Porter (Wagoner) and I had ever had. He had produced that on me… and he thought we should put it out as a single. Emmylou [was] a friend and she was down at the studio. We were playing the stuff and she turned to me and she said, ‘Dolly I HAVE to have that song,’ and Porter said, ‘Well you can’t have that song because we’re going to put that out on Dolly.’ I said, ‘She can have that song’ and he said, ‘She can’t have that song!’ ●
- – Dolly Parton prevailed, and now “To Daddy” is best known as an Emmylou classic.
He’s recorded some amazing songs over the years like ‘The Good Stuff’ and some slower ballads. But you won’t really hear him play those at a show, ‘cause he’s always about keeping it up tempo and gettin’ people rockin’ and rollin’. ●
- – Jake Owen on why Kenny Chesney only performs non-amazing songs at his concerts.
There’s a lot of the songs that I have that people really love to hear and sing along to and relate to. And there’s a lot of the songs that are meant for pure live purposes that people have a good time at a live show, but they don’t necessarily take anything away from it spiritually. So there’s always kind of a catch-22. ●
- – You know, I’m not sure that Jake Owen has a firm grasp of what actually qualifies as a catch-22.
No one knows as much as I do about country music. ●
- – Dierks Bentley gets a little carried away.
But we’re already under judgment, just like yesterday or two days ago, a school in Boston tried to take God out of “God Bless the USA.” [...] The joke’s on them; God is love, and they can’t get God out of it anyway. It just shows you how politically correct and how spiritually bankrupt America is. ●
- – Ricky Skaggs. And here I thought the commercial milking of “God Bless the USA” in all our times of national instability was the height of spiritual bankruptness…
My process doesn’t always start with music or words; it’s a mixture of both. Sometimes I may have an idea and match it up with music and sometimes I may have a cool riff on the guitar and the words come in. ●
- – “But usually, I don’t have any good ideas or cool riffs and I just write anyway,” continued Brantley Gilbert.
I have a real affinity for them — whether it be Blake Shelton’s ‘Ol’ Red’ or Reba’s ‘The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia.’ They are really so well crafted that they really attracted themselves to me. ●
- – Country songs were really drawn to HLN host Robin Meade. You’d think it’d be the other way around, but no.
What he was singing about that night made me feel less like a freeloader and more like a free spirit. All of a sudden, it felt like the life I was leading had some value. I realized from watching him that taking a life like mine and adding three chords is probably where a song like ‘Mr. Bojangles’ came from. I felt like I had the qualifications to be a songwriter. ●
- – Todd Snider on his first encounter with Jerry Jeff Walker, to whom he pays tribute on Time As We Know It: The Songs Of Jerry Jeff Walker, due out April 24. Song samples at the linked title, while the bullet link leads to a great New York Times article on the project.
If [Lyle Lovett's] disinclination toward mainstream country-star status wasn’t evident from his urbane, tailored suits and tousled, upside-down-cake hairdo… ●
- – Tousled, upside-down-cake hairdo? Kudos to you, Steve Morley at Country Weekly.