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But some of the songs that are on the radio today that address the story of the soldiers are just so damn “rah-rah-rah.” I wanted to be more intimate for the guys because I know them. I get letters from Afghanistan. It’s really meaningful to them to a get a letter back with a bumper sticker in it that they can put on their pack. And I always tell them what the weather is, or if I saw a pretty girl at a red light, because that’s the stuff you miss. It’s not all that talk about all the eagles soaring. I don’t like that kind of song, and I am out to undo that kind of song. ●
- – Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor, on the song “Levi” from Carry Me Back. (Deal alert: The album can be downloaded for less than 4 bucks at Amazon right now.)
People like to hear songs over and over, as opposed to comedy. Songs grow on people. And they even grow on the player. There’s songs I’ve played 100 times or more and I still like playing them. You’re still reaching for perfection because you can always play it badly at any moment. You’re always working on playing it beautifully. ●
- – Steve Martin on the appeal of making music.
I don’t have time and I don’t really enjoy it. ●
- – Tim McGraw, stadium headliner, on attending stadium shows.
Obviously he’s fresh off ‘Idol’ and he knows the power of Carrie Underwood. At first, the rest of the band didn’t want to put it on there but their label convinced them, ‘Guys, this will get you airplay in red states.’ So that was that. ●
- – Boston radio talent Mike Mullaney on Aerosmith’s decision to include a Steven Tyler/Carrie Underwood duet on the band’s next album.
Girls obviously like male singers, but when you see guys out there going as crazy for a male act as the girls are… you know you’re a big star. I went out with him [Gilbert] a couple of times this year on the Eric Church tour, and I’m talking big, burly redneck dudes with their fists in the air going crazy. When they meet him, they act like they’re meeting George Strait [laughs]. These big ole tough dudes are bowing down at Brantley. He’s just got this thing that everybody loves. ●
- – Rhett Akins on the cult of Brantley.
I literally live out of a backpack. I don’t even have an address! I’m on the bus six days a week, then when I get off and have a day or whatever off, I don’t have an apartment. A lot of times, I crash at my producer’s office on the couch or whatever. I’m just kind of bouncing around. ●
- – Kip Moore is pretty much a homeless man who happens to sing.
I was really the only country guy in the room. Dylan’s from New Jersey and Jim grew up in New Orleans. He was actually a college professor in New Orleans when he was in his 20s. We just broke out all the little country things. I’m the guy who grew up on a farm, went to college, came back, farmed with my dad for 15 years, so I can just start listing off stuff. ●
- – Rodney Clawson on co-writing the new Jason Aldean single, “Take a Little Ride.”
Songwriting, to me, should be simple. That’s because I’m real simple. I didn’t finish high school, and I didn’t go to college, so I don’t know those big $10 words. I had to stick with simplicity. But it winds up being the best thing in the world. I kind of got a corner on that. I feel songs don’t need to be greased like you grease a wheel. If it’s simple, it will slide on in there and everyone will understand it. ●
- – Billy Joe Shaver on songwriting.
My guys aren’t as experienced as a lot of national cats that have a million tricks up their sleeve. We’re kind of stuck with our limitations, which to me makes a great band. When you know what you can do and you do the hell out of it, that’s what I like about bands. ●
- – Whitey Morgan thinks a lack of virtuosity gives his band character.
I’ve got it ready. I just haven’t had any offers from any record companies or anything like that, so I guess I might do it myself. Might as well. My guitar player, Jeremy Woodall is just as good as any of them and he can produce it. Now I’ll get on with it. ●
- – Billy Joe Shaver (different interview) on his next studio album. Until that one materializes, check out his fine Live at Billy Bob’s Texas recording that came out last week.
Country Music Television Network recently announced a casting call for local “rednecks” to star in their next big project, “Redneck Intervention,” a creative spin-off from the network’s highly rated shows, “My Big Redneck Wedding” and “My Big Redneck Vacation.”
According to Ned Johnson, casting producer for Original Media/Pink Sneakers, the company is looking for a family member with redneck roots who has lost their backwoods charms due to the high demands of city life.
“We want someone who has ventured off and lost touch of their family ways,” said Johnson. “It is then we will fly the person back home and surprise him/her with a redneck intervention.” ●
- – CMT just never runs out of brilliant ideas for reality shows. Remind me again why I canceled cable?
Ever since the time growing up, I knew real country, old-school country. Nowadays it’s pop-country and rock-country and people rapping country. That’s good for the format because it’s bringing in new fans… but I feel like I’m one of the two or three playing traditional country music. It’s just not happening right now. ●
- – If you like traditional country music, Justin Moore is one of the two or three options available to you. (Wouldn’t that be terrible?)