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Until we stop getting ratings, press coverage and overall huge favorability, I don’t think we’re going to [change]. I don’t think it’s a valid criticism because I don’t think anybody lives in a world where they’re not affected by forces beyond country music. Who are these people who keep the lists of people who qualify as country? Any deviation and they’re going to post an angry message about it? There’s no other sector of the entertainment business where you see that kind of rigidity. It’s such a tiresome argument.
- – From Country Aircheck, Issue 299. CMT president Brian Philips on gripes about out-of-genre stars showing up on the network’s country awards show.
The Eagles are probably as responsible for influencing country’s current generation as any country artist ever has been. And in some ways, they were every bit a country act. ●
- – Brad Paisley.
You can’t get up there now and do what we do without a little bit of ego, without a little bit of this edge that you have. And you gotta know deep down in your heart and soul that you can do that and that you’re good at it to do it at this level. But I’m not that person away from there. I leave that guy up there, you know? And I’m looking forward to saying hi to that guy again. I like that guy. ●
- – Kenny Chesney on performing.
When I got in this business, our relationship kind of skyrocketed, because I had a lot of questions and he had a lot of answers. So now we probably talk three to four times a day. And he’s so proud — he’s a little bit too proud. [laughs] But it’s really good having somebody on your team like that that’s been through the trenches and on the mountaintops. ●
- – Yes, I’d say it does present a slight advantage. Thomas Rhett on being the son of Rhett Akins.
I’m not condoning [reality TV] at all, but I don’t see myself being a part of anything like that really. ●
- – Kenny Chesney, unaware of the difference between ‘condoning’ and ‘condemning.’
The fans are always the No. 1 reason for doing any show. Performing is a way to thank the fans who have been dedicated followers to your music and for the years of support. ●
- – John Michael Montgomery’s motives in allowing people to pay money to watch him perform are purely philanthropic.
He’s always been very outspoken, he’s always stuck to his guns at times when it wasn’t the most popular thing. I respect him for all those things. At this day and time, so many people are scared to say anything or stand for anything just because they’re worried about the repercussions. You get a lot of artists out there who you don’t really know where they are or where they stand. ●
- – Eric Church on Toby Keith… and, of course, himself. Which always seems to be the case.
And people that are fans of my first record may be like, ‘Oh, this one isn’t as twangy.’ Well, neither is my band. That’s not the kind of music I like doing anymore. I have a lap steel in my band now, not just a steel guitar. So it makes it more rockin’. It’s more fun to sing. ●
- – Sunny Sweeney isn’t as country as she once was.
I feel more comfortable doing this solo than I did with Brooks and Dunn. That’s not to diminish anything I did. This just feels more natural. Whether it’s more exciting or entertaining is another issue. ●
- – Ronnie Dunn on life as a solo artist.
So I recorded the song and presented it to the label and they didn’t like it. I sent it around to a couple of people that I trusted within the Nashville system to see what they thought about it. One is friend that’s a songwriter who said, “You’ve got to put this out quick.” The other person was the director of programming at CMT, Jay Frank. He listened to it and said, “Dude, someone needed to say it and stir some shit up around here. That’s what you’re doing with this.” ●
- – Per Shooter Jennings, CMT was instrumental in bringing “Outlaw You” to market.
The best thing about being a country music artist is looking out and seeing people just like me. ●
- – “By which I mean well-to-do white people who own second homes in Malibu,” explained Brad Paisley.