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There are rooms where there weren’t rooms before, and I have a birdcage in my living room that is people-sized. Then there’s a pond in the living room as well, and I want to get stingrays. I don’t want people to think I’m crazy, but wouldn’t that be cool? ●
– – Taylor Swift on apartment renovations.
Then it was time for the Q&A. The kids wanted to know the famous people he knew (Julianne Hough and Ashley Tisdale), his favorite singers (Lady Antebellum and India.Arie), who influenced him (the Gaithers and Tim McGraw), his favorite football team (Green Bay Packers) and how he knew he wanted to be a singer. “When I was 11, my dad told me I had a good voice. That’s when I knew. You just don’t know until somebody tells you,” he said. ●
– – Danny Gokey. When I was 11, my mom told me my magic tricks were amazing… but you don’t see me touring as The Great CMdini. Parents say stuff like that.
“Top down” is a fun, Summer song, the kind of song you really crank up and sing along to when driving down the highway, outside grilling some steaks, washing your car, all the summer stuff we all do while listening to some tunes while we do them! The auto tune effects just punch it up, and add the “fun” element to the song!! These guys can sing, check em out and see. Today’s country music isn’t your boring twang of yesteryear, it’s happening and “Top Down” is “today’s” country!! Love it!!!! ●
– – Comment from a Fast Ryde fan.
But now, when I hear a new song on country radio, one of two things happens. If it has banjo, I turn it up. If it doesn’t, I turn it off. I’m not trying to sound like some kind of purist. It’s just a matter of personal taste. So in that on-going debate (in my head and on any website that has anything to do with loving or hating country music) over what’s country and what’s pop, banjo is always the answer. It doesn’t have to be the main instrument, though, because a little banjo goes a long way.
Think about Taylor Swift’s “Picture to Burn,” Dierks Bentley’s “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go),” Dixie Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl,” Keith Urban’s “Better Life,” Carrie Underwood’s “Songs Like This” and newcomer Josh Thompson’s “Beer on the Table.” ●
– – Even when Alison Bonaguro likes the same stuff I like (banjo), she expresses her appreciation of it in such a pedestrian, unnuanced way that she still manages to offend me. Impressive.
And, I guess, being in this business, it’s really … a lot of female acts kinda tend to stay pretty shy and look really pretty (laughs) and they watch their mouth. And I’m not just one of those girls. And I don’t think Miranda Lambert is either. But I just think a lot of women in today’s music are just starting to wave their freak flag. And I’ve never had a problem with it. So I’m excited about the new rules about being a woman and not being pretty and having a mouth on you. […] A lot of women have their tits. I have my personality. ●
– – Emily West. (Are all up-and-coming female singers now courting Miranda Lambert comparisons?)
I chose to end the album on a positive note because I truly believe that the stings you get from love are worth the sweetness of the honey. ●
– – Worth the sweetness of the honey? Ugh. Jaron and the Long Road to Love.
And then Hillary and I started talking about how honey is slow when it’s being harvested. From there, it just turned into a story of a kid getting back to old memories and losing yourself when life gets busy and rushed. Just getting back to simpler times. So that’s how we started writing it — some guitar playing, and some really good whiskey! ●
– – Shane Stevens on cowriting “American Honey.”
When I started working with publishing companies, I discovered you write for a different reason. You write because it’s 10:30 on Thursday and you’re supposed to be writing right now. While that hones the craft, that does not test the soul. I think a better way of writing is from that artistic approach of going back to the way you did it naturally before, writing when it hits you to write, when something inspires you. If you do that you’ll find you can’t write enough and you can’t run out of ideas. ●
– – Jamey Johnson on songwriting.
It gives my artists freedom because I’m an artist, too. … It allows them to fail on their own instead of them failing doing what I want them to do. ●
– – As long as we’re agreed that all your artists will fail one way or another, Toby Keith.
At select festivals on Atkins’ 12-week concert tour, fans can “spin to win” VIP entrance into the custom Velveeta Shells & Cheese “Side Shack” for exclusive fun family entertainment. The “Side Shack” activities include… access to some of the best views of Rodney’s concert, and a taste of the best side of dinner – Velveeta Shells & Cheese. ●
– – You can’t accuse Rodney Atkins of not knowing his audience.
The project, set to be released through iTunes on Tuesday, finds him doing acoustic versions of three 1980s classics: John Anderson’s 1983 hit “Swingin’,” Vern Gosdin’s 1989 standard “Chiseled In Stone” and Keith Whitley’s “I’m Over You,” a hit in 1990 that Whitley recorded in the weeks prior to his death in May 1989. ●
– – Nothing funny about this quote, but you should know that Chris Young is releasing a trio of covers on iTunes this coming Tuesday. I’ll go out on a limb and guess that they’ll be pretty good.
My vision for the new TBS show is to pick up where Hee Haw left off. My hunch is that 32-year-old males want to hear corny jokes and lots of classic country music. ●
– – Conan O’Brien.
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