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I’m like a shark. I’ve got to be constantly moving. ●
- – Kenny Chesney’s identification with all things islandy has officially gone too far.
Still, if I was offered a night of riding around listening to ’80s rock and drinking Tickle Pink now, I would not turn it down! ●
- – Martina McBride, interviewed by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Perfect.
I’m a small-town girl. When you’re famous, whoever you were before comes out more. So if you were an ass, you’ll be even more of an ass. ●
- – In talking about herself, Miranda Lambert inadvertently explains Eric Church.
I’ve gotten some criticism for being the first Texas guy to come up here to Nashville and sign to a major record label. Now everybody else who gets the chance does it. Honestly, I don’t think anybody who got the chance to sign to a record label wouldn’t do it. It’s really your best shot at making it. ●
- – Pat Green on the old familiar ‘sellout’ accusations.
It’s really easy for songwriters to get caught up in the fact that they’re songwriters; they feel like they have to live a certain way. I don’t want to want to fit into those molds. People think feeding their emotional problems will make them write really good songs. That’s what’s going to [expletive] complicate it and what’s going to get you killed. ●
- – Justin Townes Earle on trying to live less self-destructively.
I’ve always played alone, so I was never required to stay in rhythm or anything. [laughs] ●
- – Steve Martin on what’s different about performing with the Steep Canyon Rangers.
We like things that are over the top, we like things that make peoples jaws drop. ●
- – CMT president Brian Philips on what sets the CMT Music Awards apart.
When we cut away to the front of the stage, what you won’t see is row after row of elderly folks in tuxedos looking down at their iPhones while the show goes on. You’ll see the young, active CMT audience dancing up and down, losing their minds when their favorite stars perform and going crazy when their favorite artists win an award. [...] We’re throwing a big party. And by the way, we’re handing out awards. ●
- – CMT president Brian Philips on hating old people and why the CMT Music Awards are always so terrible.
It’s my impulse to make fun of everything, and it comes naturally for me to satirize the country music scene, but I do it with respect for the people and especially the music. ●
- – “Doyle & Debbie Show” creator Bruce Arntson.
I was getting heavy into it and finding country music is a form of hip-hop music. It’s the same thing. We’re the same people. Don’t let the rhythm fool you. It’s the same game. ●
- – Snoop Dogg on the kinship of hip-hop and country.
I mean, I don’t like people to look at me, you know? I’m a blend-er. I want to be a blender. And when I’m at the grocery store or whatever, it’s sometimes like, ‘Whoa. I can’t believe I get onstage in front of all these people and sing.’ It’s weird. It’s a weird occupational choice for me, and my personality. ●
- – Carrie Underwood.
There are artists out there – who I completely empathize with – who don’t have the patience or understanding of the business side. They just want to make music. That’s what I want to do, too, but I understand that it’s a necessary evil. I try to have as much creative control as I can, but there are still things I have to go and do that I do not want to do. When you have to fly to New York and fly right back, and the whole time you are there you are talking and answering the same questions over and over again. … And, you can be in hair and makeup all day. You don’t feel like you can touch your face. You’re in tight jeans, and you can’t relax. … It takes a toll on your nervous system. [laughs] ●
- – Josh Turner on playing the game.
It’s coming. It has to, because economically we need the money – why give it to criminals? Most people realize it’s not a deadly drug like cocaine or cigarettes. Cigarettes killed my mother, my dad, half my family, so don’t tell me about health when you’re talking about legalizing marijuana because it’s not dangerous healthwise. I’m the canary in the mine, and I’m still healthy. Had I stayed with alcohol I would have been dead or in prison or somewhere today. ●
- – Willie Nelson thinks the legalization of weed is nigh.
In Nashville, the songs that I was singing and playing and the styles they were in were not the direction I needed to go. But in Texas there was a lot of people who liked the kind of music I was playing. They liked the country – the real solid hardcore steel guitars and fiddles – they still do. They like the real country music – not that there’s anything wrong if you put strings and horns on, but for me it waters it down. Personally, I want to hear country music with a steel guitar and a fiddle; I want to hear Stardust with strings. That’s just me. ●
- – Another Willie quote from the same interview.
Thank God for Miranda Lambert, because she has blazed the trail for our kind of music. She’s been singing about what she feels since she started, and she never compromised. She was lucky enough to have this platform to do it from the beginning. And she just did it and did it and did it and pushed and pushed and said, “Here I am and I’m not going away.” And now she’s a superstar. She has opened the door for so many artists, like me and Ashley, to come out and say, “Hey, I can do that too. I can sing about stuff that might make you uncomfortable, but hey it’s the truth. And I’m gonna sing it. I’m here and I’m not going away either.” I think that she has changed country music. I’m so honored to be a part of her world and to kind of follow in her footsteps. ●
- – Angaleena Presley on Miranda Lambert.
Here’s the great thing about playing with Marty Stuart. Sometimes after opening for one of those (latest, greatest so-called country artists), we’ll be back in the bus after a show. We’ll fall down on our knees to pray, ‘thank you, Jesus, for letting us be the Fabulous Superlatives and not have to be those people.’ ●
- – Kenny Vaughan doesn’t envy pop-country superstars.
Brantley was the fastest rising name for boys [in 2011], jumping 416 spots to No. 320. Brantley Gilbert is a singer who had a No. 1 country hit called “Country Must Be Country Wide”. ●
- – Via reader Dave W., who quips: “How many years before the corresponding increase in meth arrests?”