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That new Blake Shelton song (‘Honey Bee’) is a monster. I love it. It’s such a good song. ●
– – Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley.
… gilded staircases and a gazebo, a stage-wide HD video screen, four ornately framed screens lowering to hang in front of the main screen, eight dancers, a grand piano rising from inside the stage, sparkler bearers hanging from the light rig, snow, church pews, a minister and wedding party, fireworks, a large illuminated tree, huge bells emblazoned with “XIII,” a front porch, Cirque du Soleil-like acrobats dangling from inside the bells, a bridge, lifts that launched dancers and Swift onto the stage, a glitter storm, more trees, confetti, a ballerina, zombies, eight wardrobe changes and a flying balcony Swift used to sail over the crowd during the “Love Story” encore.
– – Partial list of the stuff Taylor Swift travels with (via a Country Aircheck review of her tour rehearsal).
Well, if you’ve ever met the JaneDear Girls, you never forget meeting them. They have an energy about them and a look and sound that is so fresh. You feel like you just ran through a field of daisies when you’ve been around those girls. ●
– – John Rich gets all fanciful and dandyish in discussing one of his pet projects.
It surprises me when people ask me why the war is such a big deal to me. You know what I mean? It’s like people have gotten so desensitized to the fact that we’re still involved in these conflicts that it surprises them when somebody writes a song about it, or even a book about it. I don’t know if it’s just oversaturation. I don’t know if it’s because CNN is just one channel away from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. I don’t know if people start lumping these together into the same category in their minds. ●
– – Jason Isbell on his tendency to write about soldiers.
Q: Does it bother you when people use the phrase “country-western”?
A: Not really. It just tells me off the bat. Like when they say, “Big fan. So when you got into country western …” First of all, no you’re not! ●
– – Brad Paisley.
I’d play something for a teacher and he’d say, ‘Ewwww, I bet that’s your mom’s favorite song.’ Of course, I was sad, but I realized that he was correct. And by slapping me in the face then, he saved me from having to wait to get to Nashville before I realized how much I sucked. ●
– – Jerrod Niemann on tough love from a college music teacher.
Q: What’s the difference between country and country rock?
A: The difference is that country music used to sound like country music in 1967, and rock ‘n’ roll sounded like it did, and now country music sounds like country rock — it finally caught up to what Richie and I were trying to create back in 1968. ●
– – Jim Messina (of Loggins and) on the link between modern country and Poco.
But, as a point of reference, country-rock in 1969 has nothing to do with country-rock today. I think now it bears a lesser resemblance to Buck Owens and the Buckaroos and more of a resemblance to some hybrid between AC/DC and I don’t know what. (laughs) You see a lot more Marshall stacks on the road in country music these days, which is fine, but what we were doing was geared more towards the sound of The Everly Brothers and those groups. We were combining that sound with a rock sensibility. ●
– – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Jeff Hanna (aka Mr. Matraca Berg), in an extensive chat with Mike Ragogna for the Huffington Post. It’s a pretty good read.
We both had big bouffant hair. We used to fight over the hairspray. I think his hair was bigger than mine. ●
– – Dolly Parton on working with Porter Wagoner.
Kenny Chesney got the surprise of his life during a recent concert in Lexington, Ky., but before I tell you about that, let me share some background info with you.
Kenny calls his hero, George Jones, fairly often, but when Nancy, George’s wife, answers the phone, Kenny doesn’t ask for George. He asks for daddy. Yep, Kenny calls him daddy.
Getting back to the story… ●
– – Hazel Smith throws in a creepy factoid for you.
I’ve always been very curious about that, mainly because I want to be able to tell my wife Jake Gyllenhaal is a jerk and he really did her wrong and this is how he did it. My wife is like everybody else, she’s sucked into this US Weekly world and she’s dying to know. She’s got her conspiracy theories, too, and I want to be able to put them to bed. ●
– – David Nail hopes opening for Taylor Swift will afford him the opportunity to pry into her personal life. How old is this guy again?
We stare at each other a lot and call each other lovey names. I’m Sunshy, short for Sunshine, and he’s Beauty Man, because he’s so darn beautiful! ●
– – Not sure Shania Twain’s endearing tales of newfound marital bliss are having their intended effect. Sunshy and Beauty Man? I just threw up a little.
They are two separate things. That’s how I try to keep it. I really feel like two different people. I don’t want to see Eric Clapton change a diaper. I don’t want to see Bono at his kid’s PTA meeting. I’m sure they’ve all done that, but I don’t want to see that. I want to see Bono in a pair of sunglasses walking around a major stadium in front of 60,000 people singing ‘Where the Streets Have No Name.’ ●
– – Brad Paisley on keeping his personal and professional lives separate.
She has really huge breasts and I did, too. I felt like, ‘OK, I can relate to that.’ She wore them with pride. ●
– – Queen Latifah finds common ground with Dolly Parton.
McCreery is the first Latino to win American Idol ●
– – I thought Scotty McCreery couldn’t get any whiter, but it turns out he could. He’s 1/4 Puerto Rican.
In 1999, I’d had about a 12-year run of huge commercial success, and it got to be where I was getting up every morning and chasing the same 2 1/2 minute wonder down Music Row. When that started fading, I found myself having gone from leading a parade in my own mind to chasing everybody else’s parade, and that didn’t quite work. ●
– – Marty Stuart on the impetus behind The Pilgrim and the better half of his career.
I was raised on country music. All of my parents love country music. It’s just in my heart. ●
– – American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina has more parents than you’d expect.