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There are a lot of parallels, there really are. As far as the talent, as far as strategy… part of it is, ‘Get me that lane nobody else is racing in and we’ll find a way to win it.’ ●
- – Scott Borchetta (profiled by Forbes) on racing cars and running a record label.
I think the definition of an American is somebody who stands up during the ‘Pledge of Allegiance.’ ●
- – Political expert Luke Bryan.
I’m jumping around like I’m about to go into a boxing ring or something. The whole band and crew, we’re all giving fist bumps and just getting pumped up, like we’re fixin’ to play a Friday night football game. ●
- – Brantley Gilbert, describing the scene backstage before a show. Douchetastic.
I just turned 50 years old this year, and we’ve been doing this for about 30 years. It’s something that when everything is happening, it’s almost like a whirlwind. It was in my case. If you don’t stop to take a chance to smell the roses, you miss a lot. I have no regrets, but if I had it do over again, I think I would have documented more and taken the time to look around and think, ‘This is really neat.’ This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you should take note of, and be aware of what’s going on around you when it’s happening. ●
- – Travis Tritt on a life in music.
They bounce back so quick there, it’s amazing. You won’t see them on TV six months from now crying for money and saying the government’s not helping. Because they help each other out. They’ll get it cleaned up pretty fast. ●
- – Toby Keith on up-by-the-bootstraps resilience of Oklahomans, versus all those wretched, annoying survivors of natural disasters in all other areas of the country.
Honestly, very often, I don’t think of the two together as far as a celebration of our nation’s freedom and that song. But for the several thousand people that will be there on the Fourth, it’s about that. It’s always good to play that song on the 4th of July, for sure. ●
- – Martina McBride knows that “Independence Day” (the song) has little to do with Independence Day (the holiday), but will humor her less observant fans anyway.
Yeah, I pretty much listen to everything but country radio. I listen to a lot of talk radio because I’m in the music business, but as far as music goes, I listen to everything from Jazz to Blues to Hip Hop to a lot of Rock and Roll. I grew up where traditional Country music and rock and roll went hand in hand. It surprises people to know that I listen to everything but what I do. ●
- – Gretchen Wilson.
The scantily dressed crowd includes grade-schoolers, teenagers driving their parents’ farm equipment and professionals who burn thousands of dollars each week on truck repairs, only to demolish their rides again the next weekend in events like truck tug of war. Daisy Duke shorts, bikinis and anything camouflage are popular fashion choices; homemade moonshine and beer are on tap and truck brands tend to be American, as Colt Ford notes in his “Drivin’ Around Song”: “U.S.A., Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford, raising a little hell and praising the Lord.” ●
- – From a revealing Wall Street Journal feature on the rise of hick-hop, thanks in large part to its promotion through a whole system of targeted ‘mudding’ events around the country. Lots of new info here.
Mr. Houchins, of Average Joe’s, said he has been receiving about 500 demo tapes a week from country rappers lately. “That tells me that we’re creating a new genre,” said Mr. Houchins. “But they haven’t made a Grammy category for us yet.” ●
- – From aforementioned WSJ hick-hop feature. God help us.
I lived in Nashville for 10 years. I met my wife there, our son was born there… I met so many of my heroes and have great, dear, close friends there. Music Row was a good place for me. I had good publishing deals and built up a good catalogue of songs that I still play every night.
Some of my favorite writers and co-writers and musicians are there, but I like being in Texas, away from the pressure of writing a certain way and away from the business side of country music that I don’t really understand and that doesn’t have much of an impact on my daily working life. ●
- – Walt Wilkins.
Marty Stuart comes in to edit his shows. He sits down and makes sure they look great. He’s very involved. He’s the greatest. He always has cool shoes. ●
- – Kelly Kantz, general manager of RFD-TV’s Nashville production facility
I don’t care about money. I honestly don’t. I don’t give a sh*t. I could stay at a sh*tty motel, I think it’s more fun. And I like riding in little vans and I love doing it that way. I think there’s a story in that, and I write songs that are stories and that tell stories. My influences inspire me to have integrity and to do what I love and be passionate about it. I don’t care about making millions or any of that. Of course if it happens, like everyone says, it’s icing on the cake. But I’m happy doing what I do. I love what I do, and this is a beautiful existence for me. I get to tour. I get to go to different cities and see the world. I can’t imagine a better existence than this. ●
- – Lindi Ortega to Saving Country Music.