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I was not raised with a cane pole near a fishing hole or with country boys and girls getting down on the farm. I drank no jugs of sweet tea or moonshine. There were no buckets of fried chicken or haylofts. I was raised in the suburbs, in a station wagon, going to tennis lessons. I went to parties in other suburban houses. I drank Tab when I was a teenager, Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers when I got to college. I worked at the Limited in a mall. Now, who the hell wants to hear a song about all that? I’d much rather hear the clichés. So go ahead, country singers, lie to me until you figure something else out. ●
- – Responding to the Peter Cooper “Country boys are wearing out calling cards” column of the previous week, Alison Bonaguro seems to think the only alternative to rural list songs is suburban list songs.
Also, she knows she shouldn’t, but she does pop her pimples, saying, “A dermatologist would disagree, but I can’t leave them alone.” She reveals she does indeed diet before beach vacations. And she does use a magnifying mirror to pluck her eyebrows. ●
- – … then quickly moves on to more important matters, like detailing Carrie Underwood’s beauty secrets.
It’s a tough market out there, man. Radio guys are trying to do one thing and one thing only, and that’s selling advertising. It’s not about cutting a cool radio station anymore; I mean those days stopped with WKRP in Cincinnati. You know, you can’t blame them. ●
- – Pat Green on the realities of mainstream country radio.
Well, they claim we were banned at radio because we used the word ‘erect.’ David and I actually think it was probably banned because of the political nature of the lyrics. It does lean to the right, and we all know the mainstream media goes the complete opposite direction. ●
- – Howard Bellamy chalks the radio failure of “Jalapeno” up to political bias rather than, you know, it being a terrible song by a duo that hadn’t been relevant to radio listeners for more than two decades.
We didn’t have the success that man would call success or the record company would call success or what Music Row would call success, but if you want to talk about changing lives and seeing people’s hearts get really moved, then we had tremendous success. I’ve never had a record where people would call the office and order 100 copies at a time to give away to friends and loved ones. So I know in that that it was a very successful record in heaven’s economy. ●
- – Ricky Skaggs on his “Mosaic” album. Heaven’s economy, huh? If a Bellamy Brother catches wind of this, expect to hear that one thrown out as an excuse for their next failed single.
The sad part about Douche bags is that they don’t think there a Douche bag which in fact makes them even a bigger Douche bag. #getaclue ●
- – Chuck Wicks has a point they’re… I mean, there.
I can’t go out to eat anymore without having to take pictures or sign autographs. It’s just, there is stuff I like to do, just the normal stuff, I can’t do anymore. I always have to make sure I’m careful and have a disguise or my hat down or something if I actually want to do something. ●
- – Scotty McCreery on life after “Idol.” How many copies of MAD Magazine do you think the poor kid has been asked to sign?
So much of country music is just so overbaked and air brushed. ●
- – Jack Ingram joins the Kellie Pickler Club of artists who’ve talked their new music up enough that they’ll need to make some considerable strides on their next albums to avoid seeming hypocritical.
I think about that little girl. I see her all the time. She’s the one who keeps me sane. I think back to that girl, standing on the porch, singing to the children and the animals, using a tobacco stick for a microphone. In this business, people can get calloused and hardened. So I keep the child that I was inside me, and I remember what it is I always wanted. ●
- – Dolly Parton on retaining her childlike love of music.
She was the one that really showed me you can jump around and dress in shiny clothes. ●
- – In a separate interview, Dolly Parton on being influenced by the style of Rose Maddox.
Well, I’m always going to say this: I want to see more traditional music come along. But you know, when you look at this business now and see people coming out like Brad Paisley, like Josh Turner, like Jamey Johnson, the Zac Brown Band and of course people who have been out there awhile longer like Strait, like Alan Jackson, I think we’re in good shape. ●
- – Randy Travis weighs in on the current state of country music.
We’re been so busy doing our other things. We have hopefully put a fence around this period of time later on in the year when we’re going to do this record. ●
- – Emmylou Harris reveals that she and Rodney Crowell have (hopefully?) blocked out some time later this year to finally get to work on a duets album. Best news I’ve heard all month.
It’s a joy to watch him. He’s so into music. He loves what he does. He loves other artists. He listens to other artists and learns from what they do. The other night, the Fourth of July, I was at his house, and he was playing me stuff I might not have heard, like this guy Darrell Scott (guitarist from Band of Joy). He’s just a fan, and I love that about him. ●
- – Fun Fact: Kid Rock introduced Sheryl Crow to the music of Darrell Scott.
It was a new way of doing things in Nashville. I definitely see its effect on Nashville and music. It’s opened up and become more diverse. John Rich has influenced quite a few people with the heavy guitars and four-on-the-floors. It certainly became engrained in the mentality of Nashville, for sure. A lot of the younger artists have grabbed onto that. ●
- – James Otto on the legacy of the Muzik Mafia.
Thank you so much for getting this wonderful chat up here, I love James Otto SO much!!! (big smile)
God bless you and him always!!! ●
- – Lone response to James Otto article. Bet you can guess the commenter.
Jason Aldean’s Concert Disrupted by Mother Nature ●
- – Mother Nature is the most authoritative critic of all.