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You’ve got your rock country, you’ve got folk country, you’ve got pop country. I do feel like if Tom Petty or Springsteen came out today, they would be on country radio. I call it the last rock and roll frontier. ●
– – The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry.
Q: Should all songwriters be as politically and socially conscious as you are?
A: I don’t try to figure out what anybody else should do about anything, much less songwriting. I am [political] and I don’t apologize for it. I tell you what people shouldn’t do: Tell me what I should and shouldn’t write about in America. ●
– – Steve Earle.
We all grew up listening to him so we knew how great he was. But, when we were in the room with him, and he started singing and playing, he flat sang his ass off. He blew us all away. We were looking at each other like ‘What are we doing in this business’ when we saw him start singing and playing, because he’s just one of the masters at it. ●
– – Tim McGraw on John Fogerty, who appears on tonight’s Tim McGraw television special.
I revere Brad because he’s so incredibly musical. I revere him more like the older artists who I look up to – which is funny because he’s a lot younger than me. […] This is kind of a new golden age for country guitar guys, and Brad deserves lots of credit for that. ●
– – John Fogerty on Brad Paisley.
She’s the best female singer we’ve had in our format maybe ever. She was a nobody in Oklahoma. On the first tour, she told me, ‘I feel like I am a celebrity for no reason, like people are resentful I didn’t have to play bars for 10 years to get a record deal.’ And I told her she was one of the greatest gifts we have been given in Nashville. ●
– – Brad Paisley on Carrie Underwood.
We were never a huggy family. Or a ‘let’s talk it out’ family. Technically I have siblings, but they are quite a bit older than me — I was the accident — so I have the only-child syndrome going on. I’m a little more selfish, a little more independent, a little closed. I do wish I were softer. I wish I were able to form relationships better. But hey, I mean… I’m not a sociopath. ●
– – Carrie Underwood on Carrie Underwood.
I’m obsessed with “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line. It’s the catchiest thing I’ve heard in years, and I love the Nelly version too. ●
– – Ugh, Taylor Swift.
That’s what we’re missing is some diversity. We only have four types of songs out there. We’ve got the guy crying over the girl, the girl mad at the guy, and we’ve got the girl going crazy, getting drunk and we’ve got the guy going crazy, getting drunk. ●
– – High five, Jason Boland. Dark & Dirty Mile is out now.
The rural theme is very popular, almost to the point of being overdone. ●
– – No kidding, WBWI-FM (92.5) vice president and general manager Ken Scott.
We’re doing a lot more with guitars, we’re doing some loop stuff, some vocal and doubling effects on this record. Feeling like I had a batch of songs that I was excited about early in the process took a lot of the pressure off. I’d be a little more nervous about doing all that if we didn’t have the songs. ●
– – Chris Young is beefing up his sound on the next album. Uh oh.
SALT SPRINGS — A 72-year-old Marion County man is accused of firing his gun near a teen and threatening to kill his father because his music was too loud.
In an exclusive interview, Stan Kaniewski said he just couldn’t take it anymore.
“My nephew was heading to church for the evening service and he was driving down the road, playing his country music, and then the old man started yelling and shooting,” Ruthie Maddux explained. ●
– – Before I render any judgments, I’ll need to know if the kid was playing a Jason Aldean song.
At the end of the day, I’m a songwriter. If the artist thing goes away tomorrow, that’s OK. I’ll be sitting my ass on the couch writing songs that I love and getting a paycheck. Everything else is icing on the cake. ●
– – The way Kacey Musgraves sees it, there isn’t actually a whole lot riding on her performing career. No wonder she can afford to be badass.
Anyone know a good guest rapper? I’m trying to make a country album. ●
– – Long live Drunken Martina.
Finally, Sammy Kershaw salutes George Jones with “The Route That I Took.”