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We never said that we wouldn’t make any music together again ever, but that’s not our plan just to circle back and see you in a year or two. We may or we may not. ●
– – Although he’s been focusing on acting lately, Kix Brooks leaves open the possibility of a Brooks & Dunn reunion at some point in the distant future.
I’m seen as the bad boy, a lone wolf. I do my own thing and that’s OK. I’m not doing it to make friends. I just want to make great music and honestly kick everybody else’s ass in the industry. That’s my goal. ●
– – Don’t know if you’ve heard, but Eric Church sort of fancies himself an outlaw. Deborah Evans Price interviewed the ass-kicking lone wolf for Billboard.
All of a sudden, in the street, we hear this beep beep beep. We look out the window and throw the sash open. Van Zandt has got a new crème-colored Vespa with matching Italian leather and is cutting donuts in the middle of 17th Avenue. He wanted to show us his new scooter. So he came by and came upstairs and no more songwriting got done. But it was great. Afterwards, he was so kind to us. He said, “They just put my entire catalog on CD and I want to send it to y’all.” I thought he’d never remember, but it came in the mail two weeks later. ●
– – Radney Foster recalls meeting Townes during a memorable writing session with Guy Clark.
Throughout my career, you’re talking about all the way back to the Lonestar days when I was 18 years old. I have not always made the right decision and always had class with what I did. I’m a kid from a double-wide trailer in Amarillo, Texas, who’s played honky-tonks all of his life. I’m a rebel-rousing honky-tonk singer. It is definitely a side of me that has gotten more bad attention than good sometimes, and ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ has gone a long way to allow me to prove to the world I’m not some lunatic running out here on the loose. ●
– – John Rich on cleaning up his public image.
We’re all going to remember Oprah’s shows for the past 25 years for the rest of our lives. I mean, she’s had a way with touching our lives in a unique way, and every episode she’s had is always unique from the last one. And she’s done so much for entertainment for our households for so many years. ●
– – Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney hands in his Man Card.
If somebody said I could only do one thing for the rest of my life, I would write songs. I love thinking that there will be something in the world tomorrow that wasn’t here today, and that I put it there. Not all of my songs are great, but I know there’s a seed of something good in every song I write. ●
– – Dolly Parton.
I feel like Kitty’s kind of thought as an elder in the industry and given her due as a pioneer, but people are not as familiar with her actual music and body of work as they should be. Even though I was kind of rediscovering the music myself, it was irritating me. Subsequently I was like, ‘Why don’t we make a recording?’ and it kind of all evolved out of that urge. ●
– – Laura Cantrell on her new album, Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs of the Queen of Country Music.
I’ve written some and recorded a bunch, not necessarily new songs that I wrote, but just finding songs that I’ve never done before. That has been a lot of fun for me. Songs that I never thought to break out onstage, it seems kind of easy in the studio when you have a little help from musicians and can put a little more focus into it and a little more style on it. I’ve had a good time with that recently.
– – Jamey Johnson has begun work on his third Mercury album, which will likely include more covers.
I believe that every generation has the responsibility and the privilege to cultivate standards and pass on life through songs. The concept of a generation being a little “snooty” about covering songs is counter cultural and in dissent with the way American folk and roots stories and songs have been passed down through the generations. If we aren’t careful, we’ll erase ourselves from that sacred process, and I truly love paying homage to the songwriters who influenced us. I especially love to cover songs by artists that aren’t performing the songs today! ●
– – Brandi Carlile thinks covers are an important way of keeping the music alive.
The trial resumes Monday with testimony likely from Laura Pettler, a North Carolina country music artist who also works as a forensic expert.
Pettler, whose songs include “Call My Bluff” and “Trucks for Girls,” was called by the prosecution to testify about crime scene reconstruction. ●
– – A country-singing forensic expert is set to testify in a murder trial. Hmm… I smell a TV pilot. I wonder if CMT is ready to try a crime drama yet?
It’s voo-doo. ●
– – Defense attorney on Pettler’s forensic testimony. He might be exaggerating, but what if he ISN’T? A country-singing forensic expert/voodoo priestess? That’s even better.
I never really believed in hitting the gold mine, of having a big hit. Maybe I wasn’t being ambitious enough, or maybe my [parental] examples were different. My understanding of this life is that you tour and play for years and years, have some longevity and a steady career. That may sound boring, but I always thought that was less depressing than being a one-hit wonder. ●
– – Teddy Thompson on how growing up with iconic parents (Richard and Linda Thompson) impacted his approach to the music business.
I was annoyed I wasn’t invited to the dance. Tricia [Yearwood] and Martina [McBride] and Faith [Hill] and I — we all started together. I was too much of a square peg, and I kind of knew it. When my record company went out of business, I sat at Harlan Howard’s feet and drank. He put his hand on my head and said, “Kid, you’re not a country star. You need to make records like Lyle [Lovett] and Nancy [Griffin] — don’t try to do this stuff.” ●
– – Matraca Berg to the Huffington Post. Tricia Yearwood? Nancy Griffin? Hey HuffPo, if you need an editor…
As you get older, you get worse at all the things you used to do well. You’re not going to run as fast, you’re not going to ride as well, you’re not going to ski powder. I didn’t play much banjo when I was younger, so it’s a thrill to be doing something where I’m actually improving. As a substitute for all the disappointments of getting older, it’s just huge. ●
– – Warren Hellman on performing with The Wronglers and releasing his first album — Heirloom Music with Jimmie Dale Gilmore — at age 76.
i dont really think this is a good idea to make an album of songs of ppl i dont no and if i dont no the person thats singing them im not goin to listen to it sorry for ppl who are offended ●
– – CMT.com reader comments on a free 31 song sampler featuring Hayes Carll, Sunny Sweeney, Steve Earle, Matraca Berg, Josh Kelley, Marty Stuart, Buddy Miller, etc.