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Those guys are directly descended from what Tim was doing early in his career. He was one of the first to bring in those Southern-rock guitar. [“Truck Yeah” is] a great way to show what Big Daddy’s up to. ●
- – Scott Borchetta says Tim McGraw – who he creepily refers to as Big Daddy – laid the groundwork for Brantley Gilbert and Jason Aldean.
This format obviously has supported novelty-type records, going back to Tim McGraw’s Indian Outlaw. ●
- – Mike Moore, director of country programming at Entercom in Portland, OR, takes a long view, reminding us that novelty songs have existed since at least 1994, when Tim McGraw invented them.
You have people like Keith Urban (with) more rock influence, a lot of guitar, more musicianship. You have people that are more on the pop contemporary side. You have really traditional country artists, and I feel like I’m somewhere in the middle of all of that. I want to make country music that everybody can like. ●
- – Carrie Underwood just wants to please everyone. Is that so much to ask?
I signed my pub deal in 2010 — when my dad’s song “Gimme That Girl” was big [for Joe Nichols]. I did not start seriously writing songs until after I signed my pub deal. It was crazy — they didn’t even have any songs to base this deal off of; they saw me play one night! And to this day, it’s still kind of a blur of how this all happened, because it still doesn’t make any sense. I remember telling dad after I signed my deal, ‘I hope I don’t let anybody down, because I don’t have a clue what I’m doing.’ ●
- – The charmed life of Thomas Rhett. Still, it’s not fair to judge him just because having a hit-making father gave him certain advantages in the business, is it?
Thank goodness for Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford and Eric [Church] and those guys paving the way. ●
- – Thomas Rhett again. Okay, you can go ahead and judge him now.
You know with other people’s babies, they’ll say, ‘Do you want to hold the baby?’ And I always am excited to do that, but then you have to give the baby back. Now we get to keep the baby! ●
- – Jake Owen has a kindergartner’s grasp of what fatherhood entails.
Like in the bowling alley, those little hand fans, right before you get the ball. I put my head over it and let the wind blow my hair, and then I’ll start singing a Celine Dion song. ●
- – Neil Perry (The Band Perry) is country to the bone.
Anderson Cooper Gay: Country Artists React ●
- – Anderson Cooper Becomes a Hot News Topic: Taste of Country Quickly Comes Up With a Tenuous Country Connection to Cash In on Search Traffic
I don’t think any kid who ever stands in front of a mirror singing into a hairbrush is thinking about being in a studio. He’s thinking about playing in front of thousands of people. ●
- – Tim McGraw lives for the live show.
You have Darius who’s out there now, and myself and a couple others. It’s bringing more and more awareness to that, and I just think that’s a cool thing to be a part of. ●
- – Damien Horne of The Farm on African-Americans in country music.
Not that I’d know, but I guess it’s a bit like watching your stocks. You’ve got an investment and one starts to take off, and it goes up a point one day, and down a point the next, and you’re like: ‘Oh shoot, is it done? Is it going to fall off the chart?’ And the next day it jumps up five places.
So it’s just this manic depression that lasts 40 weeks or so. ●
- – Songwriter Gordie Sampson (“Jesus, Take the Wheel”) on watching his songs on the charts.
Essentially they are country music because they are all about that beautiful three-part harmony, incredible lyrics and beautiful love songs. ●
- – Sara Evans on the Eagles.
With pop music, you can have ‘whang-dang-doodle’ or ‘Who let the dogs out?’ It can be about nothing. ●
- – Darius Rucker on the difference between country songwriting and pop songwriting.
I want people to know this isn’t a dress-up contest. This isn’t a play, it’s not fake. I know where I came from. I’m a student of the music. I’m a good singer, player and writer. No matter what music [I might play], I’d be successful, I feel. I was born to play good, old-fashioned American music. It’s important to look past what people might think is a façade and listen to the lyrics and the quality of my band playing the songs and the quality of the arrangements. We all know a good song is a good song. ●
- – Jimmie Rodgers fashion sense aside, Pokey LaFarge wants to be judged on the basis of his music.
But I think in a poetic sense I was trying to talk about the idea that violence is out there. In any history book I ever read there’s no, like, ‘And then there was the period of no violence.’ ●
- – Todd Snider on Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables.
I’ll just rent me an apartment when I go over there so I’ll be a resident. Or if I have to, I’ll buy a place. ●
- – Heads up, Netherlands: If you outlaw the sale of marijuana to non-residents, Willie is moving in!