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I don’t really sing, I just sort of yell melodically. (laughs) Sometimes melodically, sometimes not so much. ●
– – Tim McGraw.
I know what I love, but how can we do that with today’s styles? I want to go in and cut the most country, backwoods – some dirty country music. But I’ve got a lot of people to answer to and I’ve got to make certain people happy because you have companies investing a lot of money into you. I’m patient, and I’m paying my dues. ●
– – Kellie Pickler considers how to go about recording a traditional country album as a mainstream artist in 2011. A couple encouraging signs: She’s been writing with Dean Dillon and Leslie Satcher.
I really like ‘Homeboy’ by Eric Church. I really like the last couple of singles he’s had out. I think ‘Smoke a Little Smoke’ and ‘Homeboy’ are both really great sounding records. ●
– – Keith Urban heads the Aussie chapter of the Church Choir.
That was really neat to watch, like a better-looking, better-singing version of myself doing my songs. It’s very surreal and very cool at the same time. ●
– – Hayes Carll on seeing Garrett Hedlund do some of his songs in “Country Strong.”
I knew very little about this wonderful duo when they arrived at my house, but they impressed the daylights out of me when they paraded right into my office where I was seated behind my desk. Keep in mind, it was my first time to see them. Right off the bat, I thought, “2011 Sonny & Cher.” ●
– – Hazel Smith dubs Thompson Square the new Sonny & Cher. I’ll bet Burns & Poe are pissed.
It’s all based on the earth banishing alcohol, and me and my friends time-travel to save alcohol … I mean to save earth, of course. [laughs] And our time machine is a stretch limo pickup truck with a hot tub in the back with six cheerleaders. It’s true. You think, ‘How can a musical work in this day and age?’ That’s how. As long as you have the cheerleaders, you’re golden. Cheerleaders and moonshine — that’s all you need in a musical. ●
– – Jerrod Niemann is working on a musical, which sounds every bit as funny as the between-song banter on his debut album. (crickets)
She is feisty, let me tell you, that girl’s somethin’ else. She wrote me a letter the other day and she said it’s time we start writin’. And she sent me the idea for the song, so I’m goin’ have to call her and tell her let’s get with it. ●
– – Loretta Lynn on Miranda Lambert. Loretta/Miranda cowrites, go!
I don’t think it helps my cause when someone like him [McCreery] gets into country. […] I like hearing country acts that sound different because it helps my cause. Some of the gatekeepers of country have turned my music down because I am soulful and maybe not “country enough,” so when you get someone like Scotty in country and he sounds so country, it doesn’t help my cause. ●
– – Danny Gokey is feeling a little threatened by current American Idol contestant Scott McCreery.
I had flipped through Country Weekly magazine, calling all the numbers in the back, because it would say “Producer looking for new talent” or “Publisher looking for songs,” and I would call those numbers and people would promise me the moon and never give me nothing. I would drive up to Nashville and try to meet with these people, and once I got into town, they wouldn’t call me back or suddenly they’d have to fly out of town for a business meeting. ●
– – Bradley Gaskin offers a not-so-ringing endorsement of Country Weekly’s classifieds.
I think it’s great. It’s just wonderful. I love her. ●
– – Dolly Parton on Lady Gaga’s country remix of “Born This Way.”
Something else about that song that was so detrimental for its success was the video. […] It turned out even better than we thought it would. It expressed a different angle to that song — an angle that we needed. ●
– – Brady Seals is quoted misusing ‘detrimental’ in discussing Little Texas hit “What Might Have Been.”
Anybody who’s spent any amount of time listening to rock music, especially punk rock, you’re going to find yourself taking that old dusty road to country. Listening to Hank Williams is the same as listening to the Ramones. ●
– – Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spaghetti.
In the years since the act’s 2004 major-label debut, Sugarland’s sound has morphed from sprightly, post-Dixie Chicks contemporary country into a back-to-the-future, pre-Dixie Chicks melding of Reagan-era pop rock influences. (Jon Bono Cougar? As sung by Madonna? If Madonna could sing much better, and replaced her Michigan/London accent with something from the American south?) ●
– – In his review of Sugarland’s Nashville show, Peter Cooper captures the essence of the band’s evolution better than just about anything else I’ve read to date.
Best of luck to anybody who’d try and steal an artist from him. He’s an enormously tough businessman with a steel-trap memory. He’s a guy who likes to win. ●
– – Universal Music Group Nashville CEO Luke Lewis on Mike Curb.
Q: What do you look for in a song – both the ones you write and the ones you perform?
A: Every line being strong and intelligent and a great melody. In country music, it’s about accessibility – a song people can relate to. I think it’s part of the artist’s job to put people’s lives and feelings into the music for them. You’re like a mirror. You’re holding it up for them. You saying, “This is what it is. This is how we’re more alike than different.” ●
– – Pam Tillis likes intelligent lyrics and great melodies, so country radio cut her off.
I don’t think happiness is a gift of the gods. I think you have to be motivated by something. Being entirely satisfied and comfortable makes for a nice potato. Stress, as long as it doesn’t beat you down and defeat you, is good. And finding a way out of a confusing and baffling life situation gives you something to offer other people. ●
– – James Taylor on finding inspiration in hardship.
If you couldn’t get along with Ernest Tubb, then you shouldn’t be out in public. ●
– – Loretta Lynn on “one of the greatest guys in the world.”
I have an outlet that other people don’t have. I do often wonder whether I would be so well-adjusted if I didn’t have that, and these songs that articulate the darker side to life. Ironically, I get a great joy out of singing sad songs. It’s why country music works well for me. That and the fact that I only know three chords. ●
– – Emmylou Harris.
Unfortunately, CMT will not be pursuing a second season of Working Class. ●
– – Surprise! CMT’s attempt at a sitcom flopped.