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I know I can’t play guitar as good as Keith Urban or Vince Gill. I just can’t. Part of my success is knowing what I’m not good at. But when I put that hat on and I go up onstage with my band, something inside of me knows for a fact that I can take my index finger and make 60,000 people move left or right. That’s a connection that’s indefinable. I don’t know where in my family I got that from, but it’s like a laser vision: Through music, through my band, through raw energy and heart and passion, there’s a connection up there that I know that I can do. I know I got that.
- – From the Billboard cover story on Kenny Chesney, via email press release.
When I go onstage at night, I think it’s just about being honest and true to who you are, how the songs are. It’s pretty basic: country music helps you when you hurt and gives you a smile when you need it. You don’t need to be real aggressive (musically), because it’s real life. People know. ●
- – Alan Jackson thinks good country music speaks for itself.
I’m friends with a lot of guys who write hit songs for country singers. And I really respect what they do. But none of ‘em ever say to me, ‘How come you don’t f*cking try to do this?’ They know. ●
- – Todd Snider on doing his own thing.
I always thought the job of the folksinger was to share their opinion, then handle what people said about it. You go out, you say what you think, and people can throw shit or cheer. Sometimes I have shows where everyone’s cheering and everyone’s saying, ‘I agree, I agree.’ Then I try to get back out to the car after the gig, and there’s that guy or that other guy that don’t. And I try not to be a dick to them. That seems like my job. I try to say, ‘OK, OK. I hear you. Don’t hit me.’ ●
- – Todd Snider again, same interview. Bless that Jewly Hight for this Nashville Scene cover story.
As teenagers, there was nowhere to go, and every Friday and Saturday night it was trying to find somebody’s dad who had a peanut field or a place to go with a pond where we could fish. We’d let the tailgates down and blare our radios and dance and drink beer … and howl at the moon and shoot guns, and that was small-town life. That’s what I was talking about the day we wrote the song. ●
- – Kip Moore on “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck.” Or any Peach Pickers song
I’d never been anywhere in my life until I came to Nashville, and now in this business, I’ve been everywhere. Whether I’m in Pennsylvania or Northern California, it’s just small towns all through there. Growing up in Georgia, I used to think people up north or out west were so different. They’re really not. They’re just regular people who live in small towns. They grow up and try to raise families and have a job and go to church and play softball. It’s that way everywhere. ●
- – Alan Jackson finds small-town folks everywhere, then somehow manages to write songs for them that don’t underestimate their intelligence. Talk about being out of step with the times!
[Marty Stuart’s] work as a producer has revived popular and critical interest in country legends Porter Wagoner and Connie Smith, the former of whom is his wife. Wait, make that the latter, not the former. I always get those confused. (Porter and Connie, I mean. Not latter and former. I know those like the back of my hand.) ●
- – Peter Cooper Is Awesome, Exhibit 492.
It’s a rejection mostly, because I would like to hear a country music artist, the big ones, not just say, ‘Well, I like Chely. I like her even though she’s gay.’ I need a country artist who is a big deal, like Jay-Z in his community — he came forward and said, ‘I believe in equality for all.’ I’m struggling because I have not heard that from the big stars in country music. ●
- – Chely Wright is waiting for country’s biggest stars to get vocal about supporting gay rights.
What we’re going to do in that video is I’m going to have a lot of really good looking female celebrities popping up in and out of the corn rows. Like the old ‘Hee Haw’ days. Just play fun at ourselves. ●
- – Fair warning: Craig Morgan’s “Corn Star” music video will be every bit as stupid as the song.
I am currently working on a new album of duets with Pam Tills, set to be released this summer! ●
- – Lorrie Morgan. This should be good.
Fans of the country music singer Eric Church smashed chairs and threw bottles and cans after his planned concert in Buffalo was canceled due to bad weather. ●
- – Eric Church devotees are a classy bunch.
It’s funny because, in my opinion, it’s not one of the stronger songs on the record. ●
- – Chris Cagle isn’t crazy about his own Back in the Saddle lead single, “Got My Country On.” Looks like the joke is on all the DJs who are actually playing it.
I did a lot of over thinking and analyzing when Kix and I parted ways. I was so steeped in the 101 NashviIle, formulaic way of making music that I lost sight of what it means to simply try to make good music for the sake of making good music. You have to be very careful in Nashville or you’ll find yourself feeding the machine just to feed the machine.
It eats you. Had we continued on for much longer, whatever legacy we were able to leave intact would’ve been destroyed. I’ve come full circle in the past year. I have no grand ambitions now, other than to sing songs that I like until I’m tired of it. ●
- – Coming out the other side of the Brooks & Dunn split and high solo career expectations, Ronnie Dunn just wants to sing. Which happens to be exactly what he does best. So, lucky us.
But a live stream is something else entirely. It can be captured and preserved, and thus shown on newsmagazines and the “Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” and in any other venue that happens to be doing a story on Wal-Mart in the future. And for Swift, an artist whose image is built around purity and honesty and being true to oneself — or basically the opposite of what recent allegations at Wal-Mart suggest — that may have been a risk not worth taking. ●
- – Writing for the Reuters blog, Brad Dorfman wonders why the Taylor Swift performance was the only bit of the recent Walmart shareholders meeting not livestreamed.
No. 86: Trace Adkins, ‘Honky Tonk Badonkadonk’ – Top 100 Country Songs ●
- – With “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” ranked ahead of “Long Black Veil” and “Before the Next Teardrop Falls,” I’m hoping Taste of Country’s Top 100 Country Songs countdown is just an elaborate satire.
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