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It’s such a double standard in country music. I mean Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash and all of those guys, god knows what they did back in the day. If a woman did it, you were never accepted or forgiven but if it was a guy, they could write a song about it, it’d be huge and they’d move on. It’s quite interesting to navigate those waters as a woman in this business. ●
– – LeAnn Rimes on cheating.
All the songs have been done for a long time, and the label has had it. It’s the last album that they have of mine, so they’re trying to hold on to it as long as they can. Whenever Mike Curb decides he’s going to play fair, it will be out. ●
– – Tim McGraw on his contract-fulfilling Emotional Traffic album.
The first music I heard was country music. My father sang it for me. That’s the reason I started singing. This country album is really a throwback to what my dad taught me, and it was a wonderful, wonderful experience. ●
– – Johnny Mathis on recording a country album, Let It Be Me: Mathis in Nashville.
The problem is there’s still people out there that say because of the way I’m delivering the song vocally means it’s not country, and that’s just not true. Aerosmith sings, they’re not country. Usher sings, that’s not country. What determines the song’s genre is the content of the song. ●
– – Colt Ford tries to make the case for his countryness.
[Aldean’s] so-called “rapping” here is part of a long country music tradition. It just hasn’t been called “rapping” before. It’s usually been termed “recitation” or “spoken narrative,” and it mirrors country music’s long folk music history. […] Even strait-laced George Strait raps in “Give It Away.” ●
– – Chet Flippo thinks the spoken parts in “Give It Away” equal rapping.
It’s the worst name in the world. The only person that had a dumber name than me was the Fresh Prince. Hey, it sounded like a cool rap name when I was sixteen. But it stuck, and now it’s me. I’ll be an eighty-year-old man — “call me the Kid.” ●
– – Kid Rock hates his own stage name.
I just straight up told him, ‘Man, I’m coming out there to step on it!’ I don’t care. I know it’s your tour. You’re Toby Keith, [but] I don’t care. I’m coming out there swinging, so either stand there and get punched or swing back. It’s going to be fun. ●
– – Opening act Eric Church gets combative with headliner Toby Keith.
Why does she need a house on the West Coast? Will she be in L.A. that much? Are the bright lights of Hollywood enticing Taylor? Or is it the young, handsome actors who would love having the talented and beautiful Taylor on their arm? ●
– – Hazel Smith keeps right on getting her nose all up in the personal business of country stars.
Playing your cards too close to your chest doesn’t pay out. I feel like right now if I’ve got a single that’s exploding, easily my fastest climber, I don’t want to do something like wait and put (the album) out in the fall. It’s when you rally the troops and say, ‘Man, we’ve got to get this thing done.’ ●
– – The success of “Honey Bee” has Blake Shelton rushing his next album. Uh oh.
They definitely don’t expect me to be 29. They usually think I’m 20 or 21. That’s a good thing, though — when I’m 40 maybe I’ll look 30. ●
– – Easton Corbin on looking like a kid.
Are there times when a song is barely hanging on by a thread as far as it being ‘Country’ and you kind of stick a flag on it with a steel guitar? Yeah, that happens. I’d love to say it’s never done or that I’ve never done it, but we all have. It’s been done in Country Music since the days of Chet Atkins, when they had to compete with the sound of the day. The idea is that you’re compelling people to listen to the music. It sounds like I’m trying to justify, but the truth is, it’s the music business, and yes, we do use instruments to paint within the paint box of Country Music. ●
– – Dann Huff in an interesting article on “The Role of Traditional Instruments in Modern Country.”
I was kind of an Opry darling. I’d be called to perform at least every 10 weeks, until my coming out. Since then, I’ve not heard a peep. ●
– – Chely Wright thinks the Opry has blacklisted her because of her sexuality.
One of the tiny twigs of country music – the lifestyle celebration – has become a major branch. They’ve dropped much of the musical language of country music, but they’ve kept the crowing about tractors, beer and the rural life. Is that okay? Sure, it’s fine I suppose, but i feel like it misses one of the best aspects of this great genre — songs that are so personal and real that we all feel them deep inside. It’s something that country music does better than anything else. ●
– – Grant Langston on the recent rash of “I’m so country” songs.