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We used to make records for girls. Now, we make ’em for nerds. ●
– – Steve Earle has seen a shift in his audience.
I discovered something recently. We did a show, and somebody came up and said, ‘You really looked like you were having fun out there.’ And I thought, ‘You know something? For the first time ever, I actually am! This show business could actually be fun!’ ●
– – As a bluegrass musician, Steve Martin is enjoying himself onstage more than ever.
I’d been doing this for about eight months, and I’d had a big hit, and I was living it up. He pulled me aside and told me: ‘Slow down, sleep at night, wake up and enjoy this. Don’t let it be a blur to you when you look back.’ That was great advice. I didn’t take it. But he was exactly right. ●
– – Blake Shelton on words of wisdom from Richie McDonald.
If only Carrie Underwood could grow a playoff beard. ●
– – Frightening glimpse inside the mind of Alison Bonaguro.
Every single that I pick and put out there, it’s like, ‘Oh my God, people are going to hate this one. …’ And especially with ‘Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,’ I remember I was on a conference call right before we released the single, and I said, ‘I’ve been having nightmares. We can’t put this song out. The track is too sparse. People are going to think [the lyric that says] ‘Do you paint your toes because you bite your nails?’ means that this girl’s sticking her foot in her mouth and chewing on her toes. ●
– – That odd line in “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” didn’t go unnoticed by Blake Shelton. I wonder why they didn’t just request a rewrite of it to avoid the issue altogether.
The song was written about rebels and outlaws we have met over the years. This song was also written for critics that can’t understand our brand of music that bridges hip-hop with country. Just like outlaws aren’t always accepted by society, our brand of music isn’t always accepted by the music industry because they don’t know how to categorize us. We will continue to create our brand of music because it’s what is most comfortable to us. Johnny Cash wasn’t accepted by country radio. ●
– – So, there’s this new country-rap duo called the Moonshine Bandits and they’ve got a new song called “For the Outlawz” (with a Z!) featuring Colt Ford and they liken themselves to Johnny Cash and… and I just headbutted my desk. Thanks to AOL’s The Boot for bringing us great “discoveries” like this.
I’ve never been more excited about even just a single that we’re releasing to radio. I think it’s gonna be the best one that we’ve given radio. It’s country. It’s got a little bluegrass, it’s got some fiddle, it’s got some steel and it’s got some spoons. It’s got kind of a dirty hillbilly [sound], but it’s still commercial enough, I think, for country radio. ●
– – Kellie Pickler on upcoming single “Tough” off the much-teased traditionalish album in her future.
I think people have a perception of you. You have to almost be as good as Tim McGraw even though you have none of the experience. ●
– – Bucky Covington on heightened expectations of American Idol contestants.
The two important things [to have on the road] are a certain kind of sheets, because again, just anything that can make the bus feel like home [helps], so a high-quality thread count sheets … that’s a good one, and Jack Daniel’s. ●
– – Neo-outlaw Eric Church is awfully picky about his bedding.
Q: Is there anything special about your famous beard?
A: Not really. I’m surprised that I ended up wearing a beard because it took me so long to even have to shave. I think in high school they give these awards at the end of the year, and mine was for complexion or something embarrassing like that. I just got used to looking like this, and I’ll probably keep it on. Unless they make me shave it off. ●
– – Interviewer dares to ask Kris Kristofferson about his beard.
I don’t listen to a lot of music at all anymore, but I just heard a great album that Matraca Berg did. It’s the first one in a long time, 10 or 12 years — it’s really good. “The Dreaming Fields.” She’s one of the best singer-songwriters now. ●
– – Matraca Berg, whose The Dreaming Fields arrives May 17, gets the Kristofferson nod of approval.
I’d never heard of Garth Brooks up until about 15 months ago. So I got into Garth Brooks, Loretta Lynn, early Dolly Parton, The Carter Family, Johnny Cash stuff. I just found it fascinating, and it just resonated with me straightaway, because it’s got that storytelling and honesty that I love. But I’m more intrigued by it because it’s not part of my culture in England. I mean, if I mention any one of those artists to anyone in my family — apart from Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton — they’d be like, ‘I have no idea what you’re talking about — who are they, your friends?’ They’d have no idea. ●
– – Adele on getting introduced to country music by one of her bus drivers.
And it was like performing to a roomful of gays! It was amazing — they were all cheering and whooping. It was crazy! ●
– – Not country-related, but too good to pass up: Adele on performing an exclusive show for Target execs.
It’s sad that people would leave animals on the side of the road. Luckily, they win the lottery when I drive by. ●
– – Miranda Lambert on her habit of adopting strays.
You have to be edgy and miserable to be funny. If you’re a happy American, you’re not going to create anything provocative. A good artist is ahead of his time and behind on his rent. ●
– – Kinky Friedman.
NC: Do you consider yourself a gadfly?
KF: The flat truth is, when you tell the truth today, you get into trouble. One of the great truths is that the music today is not very good. The music that’s being generated by three people in a publishing whorehouse, who have this writing appointment at 4:45, is not very good. I’m not knocking Nashville, only because the same is true in Texas. Texas songwriters used to be the cream of the crop. And right now, they’ve got one theme. You know what their theme is?
NC: How great Texas is?
KF: No, it’s not Texas. It’s how much we hate Nashville, but we really wanna go there, and we’d do anything to get there, but we really hate it. ●
– – Kinky Friedman (in a different interview) is equally unimpressed by the Nashville and Texas scenes.
Terrence is no doubt a more in-depth actor academically, but Dwayne is such a force on screen. It startled me a little at first, but he flew down to Dallas and spent a day with me just sitting, talking recently. And when he left it was like parting with an old friend. We had such similar views on so many things. ●
– – Charley Pride reveals that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has replaced Terrence Howard in the still-in-development Charley Pride biopic. This casting decision makes me nervous.
I don’t hear much of it, so I shouldn’t venture an opinion, but when it finds me, it seems formulaic. I don’t hear anyone who moves me like George Jones or Bill Monroe. The country that you hear on the radio, it feels poppy but without the originality of pop. ●
– – Emmylou Harris on modern country music.
I’ve never lost my sympathy for working people. I’ve always said that if I have a religion, it’s the working-class experience and what I feel for working-class people. ●
– – The late Hazel Dickens to the Chicago Sun-Times in 2002.