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Jake’s a genuine country fan. He can get up there and do Merle Haggard. He can do T.G. Sheppard. He can do all those old greats, and he does it every day at soundcheck for, like, eight hours. ●
– – Jaren Johnston (The Cadillac Three) says Jake Owen is a genuine country fan and also has the world’s longest soundchecks.
I’m still at that point where I’m trying to uncondition myself to listen with radio ears. I catch myself going there and have to pull back every now and then. I go ‘Oh, that’s a hit.’ Well, what’s a hit? It gets played on radio. You know, it’s not necessarily the best song. ●
– – Ronnie Dunn is still on his way back from 20 years of Big Nashville.
We went back and forth. It started as a shorter performance, and she declined. We came back with something a bit longer, and it eventually came down to her wanting a full performance. We kept pushing at time, but couldn’t make it work. No disrespect to songwriters, but the viewing habits of the public are now at about 1.5 minutes. And you can get across a huge and emotive performance in that time. Lee [Brice] proved that. ●
– – ACM Awards executive producer RAC Clark on the lack of a Kacey Musgraves performance. Good on Ms. Musgraves for sticking to her guns.
I think they’re all pretty confessional. Getting up and singing personal songs, it’s exactly like being a stripper, you know? People are there to see the dirty parts. … If you’re not gonna show your ugly parts, nobody’s gonna be that interested. If you’re not truly unveiling yourself, then you’re not really taking any chances. You’re not doing anything really that ballsy. ●
– – Bobby Bare Jr. on being a singer-songwriter – which, as you might have guessed, comes down to that elusive quality called “ballsiness.” Hence the stripper comparison.
The songs that are really huge for me are all songs about family and about living just a regular great life with the people that you love. That was my main thing when I started that if it’s not country, I don’t want to play it. I don’t want to take pop songs and put fiddle on it and call it a country song. If it’s not a country song, I don’t want to play it. ●
– – Darius Rucker, who has long been covering “Purple Rain” in his live shows.
But there was just something that … well, guys say to me, “Oh, Emmy, God, I love her! She’s this glowing angel of an apparition.” I say, “Yeah, she’s a woman, you know? You want to meet her?” And they go, “Oh, uh.” These guys crumple in the face of this thing that they’ve projected onto her, this heavenly aura. They don’t trust themselves to know what to do with it. And too bad for Emmy. Because when a perfectly smart guy with a great sense of humor gets in her presence, he loses his sense of humor and becomes tongue-tied. It’s not fair. ●
– – Rodney Crowell on the effect Emmylou Harris has on men.
I just reached a point where the thought of writing and singing any more songs about heartache and drinking made me feel incredibly bored with music. It’s just not a headspace I occupy much these days. Nighttime reading about theology, cosmology, and breakthroughs in modern physics and their relationship to a few personal experiences I’ve had led to most of the songs on the album. ●
– – Justin Moore… I mean, Sturgill Simpson. Sorry, easy mistake.
I don’t know how many times I’ve almost not gotten into my own show because I look like the people who are coming to watch. Which I think is fine. I’m just like my fans, and that’s the way I like it. ●
– – “Redneck Crazy” singer Tyler Farr on life on the C List. This everyman quality could benefit him if he ever finds himself in a police lineup for stalking.
It’s hard for me to swallow when someone says, ‘you’re a rebel, you’re an outlaw,’ because no, I’m not. The things I sing about are not controversial to me. The fact that they’re even considered controversial in this day and age is really sad. ●
– – Kacey Musgraves to ELLE Magazine.
They’ve done a second edit of the film to make me look worse than I am. So, I’ll probably come out and denounce the film. Then I’ll brag about how I’m an author and read from my book. The audience can ask questions and I’ll take (song) requests. Someone can stand up and say, ‘Your third album sucked.’ It should be a fun evening. ●
– – Todd Snider, in an interview to promote one of his “I Never Met A Story I Didn’t Like” shows.
I feel like everybody, if you’re in one band and you’ve put time into this for years, [should] get another band, because you need — at least I know that I needed — you need to accompany other people. You need to play with different instrumentation, in different rooms, different personalities onstage. You just need it. It was crucial for me. ●
– – Sara Watkins on remaining creatively alive as a musician.
The label made a mistake not doing a deal with the original Napster. I think they should’ve realized this was another revolution. They should have threatened to shut it down, but offer to make a deal. Since then, they’ve lost control of their distribution, and they’ve been trying to get it back ever since. The album era is over, but I think that’s good for everybody. The artists don’t have to write 12 or 13 great songs, they only have to write two or three. ●
– – Lee Phillips, the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s 2014 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year.
I started out with just a bunch of sad ballads, until I met [producer] Mike Shimshack and I was like, ‘I want to do Amy Winehouse for country.’ So he started making all these ‘60s tracks and adding elements of fiddle; then I was writing like Dolly Parton 9 to 5-sounding songs over these tracks. ●
– – Laura Bell Bundy on the making of Achin’ and Shakin’, which we kinda reviewed in 2010.
I don’t post my bus rules anymore. Everybody who works for me knows what I expect, and they abide by those expectations—or they don’t work for me. I believe this is the way it is with our heavenly Father. God has rules and expects us to abide by them. This is His world, and He knows how it works best. If we don’t want to follow His rules, we’re free to find another bus. But His is the only one that’ll get us to where we really need to be. ●
– – Josh Turner, seeming to liken himself to God.