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You don’t really sing with Willie — you get up there on stage and let the songs happen to you. ●
– – Dolly on the futility of trying to harmonize with Willie.
It’s a perfect match. I mean, Gary [LeVox] and I actually kind of have similar type voices, and our music goes together great. I absolutely love Rascal Flatts. I love their music. ●
– – Sara Evans has come a long way since “Three Chords and the Truth.”
You’re playing over there by the pool table and there’s all kinds of loud stuff going on. But we’ve always had a certain punk attitude about it. Like, what else are you gonna do, man? This is how we choose to play. I never felt like we had any other option. And somehow in our craziness, our quietness, our unwillingness to ever try to overpower, we usually did okay.
People would just stop and look at us dumbfounded, like, ‘What are these people doing? Singing songs about nails through hands and dead sharecropper’s babies? Singing about looking back longingly on the blissful days of morphine addiction? This is weird shit.’ ●
– – Gillian Welch on her early days of performing.
But the truth of the matter is I’ve been a member of country music since the early ’80s. I always tell people there’s a very thin line between country and R&B, between “take this job and shove it” and “oh baby don’t leave me.” The stories are the same and they’re real stories. This album that I’m doing right now is a duets album with all of the country artists singing my songs. ●
– – Lionel Richie.
I shot heroin and smoked crack for years, and you know who that hurt? That hurt me. We do damage to the people around us with our drug problems, but we don’t ever hurt anybody more than we hurt ourselves. I think junkies forget that, and I think that’s what kills them most of the time. I’m the one who has to live with the fact that my liver’s f***ed up at 29 years old and I’m probably going to have a heart attack when I’m in my mid thirties. That’s why I tend to be pretty cavalier about it. It’s my problem, and I deal with it myself. ●
– – Justin Townes Earle on addiction.
People often told me that my songs were not commercial because they were stories — too involved. I was telling too much. Porter used to tell me that a lot when I was first writing. He said, “You’re writing too many stories. Nobody cares about stories. They just want a good melody and a good theme.” But I just loved writing, so you just hope that the songs you write are gonna touch somebody else and be a hit. ●
– – Dolly Parton. Surprising advice from Porter given his own penchant for story songs.
Everything about the music industry takes away from you as an artist. They’re always wondering what the next thing is: “What do you have?” It’s a very introverted process. That’s the main reason I stay so far away from town, and I don’t get in the mix of that. I write with my guys up there at my house, and I try to stay out of all of it. I try to pretend I don’t live here, even though I live up the street. ●
– – Gary Allan takes a hands-off approach to the business side of music.
To me, a critic is someone who gets paid for their opinion, and they’re entitled to that opinion but I don’t really put a lot of stock into their opinion. I’m going to cut the kind of records and the kind of songs that I like, and the kind of things that I enjoy doing. If critics dig it, that’s fine, if they don’t, that’s fine. As long as the fans dig it, that’s who I’m going after. I couldn’t care less about critics. ●
– – Jason Aldean keeps criticism in perspective.
He’s a tough one to get on because everybody in town’s trying to get on him. We definitely have all been working together or individually to get on his project. We think that’s the project to be on right now. He’s an ‘American Idol’ winner and a country boy and a good kid, too. We always want to be on good ole boys’ records! ●
– – Dallas Davidson and his fellow Peach Pickers are fighting for spots on Scotty McCreery’s upcoming album. The only one with a definite cut so far is Rhett Akins.
I’m going to show the young bucks it’s more than just a love of the game; sometimes it’s about getting up and showing up and still breaking out a can of whoop-ass with one hand behind your back. It really is confidence, not arrogance. I’ve learned to be myself with integrity in a world that changes. This album is about that. It’s an album that says let’s rally and let’s rumble. ●
– – Wynonna is fixing to launch either a new album or a wrestling career. It’s hard to tell which.
My musical tastes are quite eclectic. I listen to everything from country music to opera. Some of my favorites include George Jones, Van Morrison, Billie Holiday, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Travis, and Nina Simone. ●
– – “Goosebumps” author R.L. Stine likes George Jones and Randy Travis.
There’s really no difference in shooting Reba than a poodle, except you get a lot of kisses from the poodle. ●
– – Nashville photographer Peter Nash, who has shifted his focus to pet portraiture after years of shooting music business promo shots and album art.
I am just disappointed more people didn’t come out. It turns out we could have drawn that many people with just the two early acts. ●
– – First-time benefit concert organizer in Bucyrus, Ohio, blames the insufficient drawing power of headliner Joe Diffie after the event fails to sell enough tickets to actually benefit anyone.
You probably don’t get this question a lot — but when you were growing up, you shared a bathroom with your brother Charles. You currently share a bathroom with your famous wife Katherine Heigl. And in college, we read that you actually shared a bathroom with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Is there anyone you haven’t shared a bathroom with that you would be like “I would totally share a bathroom with this person?” ●
– – Interviewer to Josh Kelley. You have to give the guy credit for an innovative line of questioning.
I like Taylor Swift. I like listening to her. I kind of like watching her respond to all the attacks. I like the ways she’s defining herself. So I keep my eye on it. ●
– – Neil Young likes Taylor Swift. Uh oh. Carrie Underwood better get Bob Dylan in her corner.
There are a lot of rules I live by. Don’t wear shorts on an airplane. Don’t wear flip-flops through airport security. Don’t chew gum after the age of 12. No. I guess if I had to come up with an overriding rule to live by it would be don’t blame others. ●
– – Rosanne Cash.