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Camp Lejeune is the biggest base on the East Coast! I can’t say enough great things about this place! Judging by just the pure size of this place, you really don’t wanna mess with us! It’s great! I’ve never felt more safe in my life! We played before 20k plus and it was an experience I will never forget! Everyone on the base couldn’t have been nicer! ●
– – Writing at the CMT Blog, Chuck Wicks uses exclamation points in seven consecutive sentences.
After last year, winning Entertainer [of the Year], we knew that this tour needed to [be] significantly stepped up. We wanted more, we wanted more lights, more toys, more things. I feel we really accomplished that. ●
– – Carrie Underwood steps it up, at least in terms of lights and toys and things.
Q: Is it possible to describe the elation you feel when you’re performing and you look out to see everyone singing along to every word of your songs?
A: I just feel like Sally Field: “They like me, they really like me!” ●
– – Are we absolutely sure that Darius Rucker is black?
When I was watching him over at the stadium, it took me right back to 1976 when we used to play football stadiums. We used to go out and play all these football stadiums. It was the first time people had played them. When I was looking at Kenny’s band, I was going, “Damn, that sounds just like my band in 1976.” ●
– – Steve Miller, whose episode of CMT Crossroads with Kenny Chesney debuted on Friday.
I decided not to even put the lyrics in my CD booklet. Instead of lyrics, which you can go get online, I decided to do little blogs about each song. What I was thinking when I wrote it or what I feel about the song now, or anything. ●
– – Lee Brice. Take the lyrics out of the booklet so there’s room for blogs? Think he may have it backwards…
That’s a pretty sore subject with me. I just try to avoid talking about it. ●
– – Curb artist Clay Walker on record label matters.
The song sounds a little fluffy. ●
– – Comment from CMT video screening room on the JaneDear Girls’ “Wildflower.” When even CMT calls your song fluffy, you know you’ve got a problem.
Billy Ray produced Brother Clyde’s self-titled debut album and wrote or co-wrote most of the songs — with a rock ‘n’ roll attitude. That meant no rules, no limits and no preconceived ideas. Just following his artistic impulses in whichever direction they took him — from the punishing fury of ‘Crawl,’ to the aching despair of ‘Lately,’ which sees Billy Ray tangling in a fiery duet with New York rapper, King Phaze.
“My emotions are so revealed on this record,” says Billy Ray. “When you compare the image of Billy Ray Cyrus these last five years compared to what I was living, this gives you a glimpse of the man behind the curtain. It wasn’t the fairytale. This is real.” ●
– – Billy Ray Cyrus is reinventing himself as a grungy Southern rocker.
I think the future of country music is in great hands because we have some great, talented people who have come into our business in recent years and doing a great job; Carrie Underwood is another name that comes to mind … and Rascal Flatts. ●
– – Oak Ridge Boy Richard Sterban.
Lambert followed with what was by far the evening’s most disappointing outing. The 26-year-old vocalist seemingly had showed up those who voted her to a measly third-place finish on the 2003 season of “Nashville Star” by charting three consecutive No. 1 country albums. But her 50-minute set proved that her talent, if not her commercial appeal, was evaluated properly on that reality TV show.
As if starring in a “Saturday Night Live” skit lampooning country music, Lambert uncorked numerous cliches as she talked about the importance of living near a “beer store” and rhymed “favorite dog” with “buried in the yard.” Her one passable offering was a take on the Faces’ “Stay With Me.” ●
– – Miranda Lambert gets a harsh review from the Oakland Tribune’s Jim Harrington.
just becuz miranda lambert covers john prine does not prove she’s ever heard of him. bet her manager picks her songs. ●
– – But judging from his Twitter feed, Harrington doesn’t know a whole lot about her.
Well the reviewer of Lilith Fair hated us and made fun of House That Built Me. I guess it does suck…enough to be a 4 week #1. I win!! ●
– – Lambert fights back on Twitter.
The three brothers are very different, and that’s what makes their records so successful. [Kevin] has been working on his own solo album (like his brothers), only Kev wants to return to his roots and where he’s from… He simply loves singing and writing country music. ●
– – A gossip site says Jonas Brother Kevin is going country. (Thanks to Nicole… I think? Actually, I probably would have been better off not knowing this, but now that I do, I’m sharing the burden with you all.)
So at Underwood’s reception, will Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell sit with one of Fisher’s aunts or uncles? And who do you put Tim McGraw and Faith Hill with? Is Ryan Seacrest there? And who are Underwood’s bridemaids and Fisher’s groomsmen, if they have them? Do they have ring bearers? Did they write their own vows? Is she nervous? Is he? Who will give the first toast? I wonder who will catch the bouquet, and/or if the bride and groom will do the sexy garter-belt routine. Are they registered at Macy’s, and honestly, what do you buy for a couple this wealthy? Will she take his name? ●
– – Number of consecutive posts about Carrie Underwood’s wedding on CMT Blog: 6. Number of times I actually needed to read about Carrie Underwood’s wedding on CMT Blog: 1, tops. Oh well. Alison Bonaguro is having a regular field day with this alleged story.
I’m gonna sit down
And I’ll smoke a little smoke
And then … uh … dude … what? ●
– – Country Haiku is back, thank goodness.