Recovering from a busy weekend. We’ll do this today and push the next news roundup back to tomorrow.
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I’m actually writing my life story as a musical and I want Kristin Chenoweth to play me. People have asked, ‘What about Taylor Swift?,’ but she’s too tall, too slim and has no boobs. She’s like a supermodel. You’d have to saw her legs off at the knee. ●
– – Dolly Parton gives Taylor Swift a complex.
I’m just going to go right for it. I guess I’m not a baby anymore. But I’ve been in the room with very young artists who are good writers, and I’ve seen them say something they should write. But then they get afraid, and they pull it back and say, ‘Oh, I wouldn’t really want to say that in a song, though.’ That’s the difference between a really great young writer and a good young writer. The great one will say something that’s maybe uncomfortable for their mom or their dad or their boyfriend at the time, but it’s the truth. ●
– – Lori McKenna on finding the courage to cut straight to the truth in songwriting.
If someone like me started playing around bars in Oklahoma, there’s no way I would get discovered. ●
– – Carrie Underwood on why she needed “American Idol.”
My Dad, he was into those kids on the mopeds that chased Chachi around. He wanted me to be in that group, wanted me to be a jock-bully. For about a minute when I was about 15 got caught up in it a little, but never too far. I was about a junior when I smoked pot, heard the Beatles and went, ‘Man I don’t care if we beat Jesuit, man!’ And just never did again. ●
– – Todd Snider on becoming the guy we now know as Todd Snider.
And we’re sittin’ out on the back porch one night and she’s going, “Holy cow. You just quit a pretty good-paying job. You didn’t talk to me about that. What’s goin’ on with you? And I look over at you and you’ve got ‘Cowboy’ tattooed from your elbow to your wrist. Are you comin’ apart? What’s happening here?” I said, “I don’t know.” And she said, “Are you gonna go out there and be David Allan Coe? You gonna go be Willie? What’s goin’ on with you?” ●
– – Ronnie Dunn’s wife was rightly concerned by his “Cowboy” tattoo.
They really let people see your personality while you are singing the song, and hopefully they can even see what you are feeling when you’re singing that song. ●
– – Scotty McCreery on the benefit of music videos. McCreery added: “So, we’re gonna start working on my first video as soon as we figure out if I have a personality or not.”
I’ve been criticized for being ‘too pop.’ Everybody is too something it seems like, but the format is doing pretty good so obviously nobody is too anything. It’s exciting to turn on the radio and hear traditional country and then hear Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban, which are a completely different sound. I personally don’t want to hear the same song over and over again. ●
– – Carrie Underwood thinks everything balances out. I’m not so sure.
“After 20 years, we just looked across from one another on the bus one day and went, ‘This bus is too small,'” he said with a laugh. “We’ve done it all.”
And the humor didn’t stop there. The ‘Bleed Red’ singer got one last jab in at Kix Brooks. “He’s out doing movies or something — the other guy, what’s his name?” ●
– – Ronnie Dunn discussing the dissolution of Brooks & Dunn on “The View.”
She said, ‘You record what I couldn’t record – you do MOR, middle of the road,’ and that was the best advice I could get. I don’t think I ever would have made it if I went down the road and did the music my sister did. I would only have been compared to her. ●
– – Crystal Gayle on distinguishing herself from Loretta.
They are more country and I am really so amazed at how talented and real those musicians are. I think country music values real music. ●
– – Natasha Bedingfield on, ahem, Rascal Flatts.
For their finale, Flatts offered up a blistering version of Boston’s “Foreplay/Long Time.” Then they invited Little Big Town out to cap the closing with a medley of Kansas’ “Carry On My Wayward Son” and the Edgar Winters Group’s “Free Ride.” ●
– – Does country really think so little of itself that the point it always builds to is finally arriving at non-country cover songs? Or, for that matter, guest appearances by Ludacris? Rather disheartening.
Country and hip-hop are not that far apart in spirit. It’s all blues music. Country’s really been good about it, especially in my lifetime, about opening up to a lot of genres. … Country’s kind of opened its arms and said, ‘If it’s cool, we’re going to embrace it.’ There are so many artists who never get their due who could be rock, could be country, and country’s blazing the trail in being open-minded. ●
– – CMT Awards host Kid Rock tries to flatter country music into further forsaking its identity.