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Country music makes me happy. ●
- – Kristen Bell’s only apparent qualification for co-hosting the CMT Music Awards with Toby Keith.
I can’t sit here and say that it’s a different day as far as how I approach music. I’ve always approached my music in one way — and that is to make the best music I can make and to make music that moves me. But certainly the sense of enthusiasm and sense of freedom and rebirth that I have, there will be something in the music that reflects that. ●
- – Even with the new Big Machine deal, don’t expect Tim McGraw to change things up too much.
The 283 member tour crew will be fed by a traveling catering staff that will serve three hot meals a day. Almost 3,200 meals will be prepared for the tour in the five days surrounding the opening show in Tampa.
- – From an email press release, information concerning the McGraw/Chesney “Brothers of the Sun” tour. If my math is correct, 70 crew members will starve in the first five days.
Taylor Swift is a pop singer, but she really helped country music. When she hit, I was thinking, ‘Thank God Taylor’s out there to show people we’re not cheesy.’ Some people still think that country music is twangy and cheesy, and they pigeonhole us. But I thought if they’re looking for Taylor’s videos or songs, they might see or hear other people they like. If her fans are watching for her, they might like me too. ●
- – Miranda Lambert on Taylor Swift.
I wouldn’t say that everybody jumped on board. It was like ‘All right, well, good luck with that, because that’s going to be a tough song.’ It’s not your typical formula record. It doesn’t really have a hook. It just kind of repeats itself and is a strange little song. So it was scary . . . It definitely was not the pick of the litter. ●
- – MCA Nashville VP of national promotion Van Haze thinks “Somethin’ Bout a Truck” was a ballsy single choice for Kip Moore. You know how country radio hates songs about farmer’s fields and trucks…
I have a strong respect for all the music that happened long before I came to this town. I remember when I discovered Garth Brooks, and that made me go back. I wanted to learn where his music came from, and I started digging. I found Glen Campbell – and I just kept going, because country’s past is what gives a lot of my music, I hope, its soul. ●
- – If David Nail went back past Glen Campbell, he has done an excellent job of concealing all traces of those earlier influences in his music.
When people hear the song, they listen to that note at the end and they go, ‘Holy crap!’ My friends were texting me, like, ‘Dude, I didn’t even know you could sing that high!’ And I’m like, ‘I didn’t know either!’ ●
- – Josh Abbott surprised himself with “Touch.”
Someday I’d love to do a country duets record. Country is just full of duets and has the best duets there are. I’d love to do an album of duets with current country artists that I love – and then some of the older country artists that are hanging around Nashville that probably wouldn’t give me the time of day. But I would beg them. ●
- – Brandi Carlile. This needs to happen.
I’d probably do away with, try my best to do away with taxes (laughs). But I know every politician says they’re going to do that, and they’re all liars. But I would actually really try to do that. That would be beneficial to everybody. ●
- – Jason Aldean on what he’d do if elected President. “I just really feel that everyone would benefit from having no public education system and no public roadways,” he added.
It was the same ole thing that we try to do. We try to write feel-good music. That song is another version of [Craig Morgan's] ‘This Ole Boy,’ probably. They are both typical Peach Pickers songs. ●
- – Even Ben Hayslip sounds bored by Neal McCoy’s “Shotgun Rider.”
He did not always sing directly into the microphone, and seemed out of sorts on the large stage. On auto-pilot, he served up one crowd-pandering cliché after another in a shrill shout that recalled “Ross the Intern” Mathews of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” ●
- – Another day, another unflattering Rascal Flatts concert review.
I drive a real old bus that runs on cooking oil. I put my overalls on and fix it. I was raised on a farm where we were always fixing tractors or cars. It’s just part of my life. I was in Alaska and somebody said, ‘Why don’t you hire somebody to fix your bus?’ I said, ‘That’s where the songs are.’ ●
- – Fred Eaglesmith keeps his creative juices flowing by staying down-to-earth.
It’s one of the genres that’s been hijacked. It either is white people doing blues-based stuff or creepy praise music. I missed the Southern country-band aspect of gospel music. I felt it wasn’t being done that much. So we decided to do it. ●
- – Elizabeth Cook on gospel music. Her next release will be a seven-song EP of hill country gospel tunes like “If I Had My Way, I’d Tear This Building Down” and “The Other Side of Life.” Excited!
I couldn’t call anybody. I couldn’t call a bail bondsman. Rodney’s the one with the Rolodex. He just picks up the phone, and Vince Gill and Kris Kristofferson and Norah Jones and Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash, they just drop what they’re doing and run to the studio. I’ve never seen any of these people without paying $100. ●
- – Mary Karr on collaborating with Rodney Crowell (and friends) for KIN: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell, which will finally be available on June 5.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to tell y’all the news that I have made a country record! I grew up listening to country music, and I’ve been hearing for many years from friends, family and fans that they would love to hear me do a country album. After so much confirmation, I started feeling like I couldn’t NOT make a country record (does that make sense?). ●
- – Next out-of-genre band guy to release a country solo record: Mac Powell of Third Day. Based on his performance with Randy Travis on “Love Lifted Me” from Worship & Faith, I’m optimistic.
I just finished it. I turned it in two days ago, and right now we’re mastering it. It’s a really up album. It’s a more rocking album than I’ve ever done. It covers everything from breaking up to healing. The first song is called “A Tough Goodbye” and it really goes from there. It goes from anger to healing. ●
- – Gary Allan on his next album.