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After all, that’s what country music is all about — storytelling. It’s about folks telling their life story the best way they know how — stories of love and longing, hope and heartbreak, pride and pain. Stories that help us celebrate the good times and get over the bad times. Stories that are quintessentially American. After all, name me any other country that would have produced a Hank Williams or a Willie Nelson. ●
- – Country music scholar Barack Obama.
I don’t think he knows that much about country music, but that’s OK. ●
- – Oh, never mind. Brad Paisley on Obama.
[Talent buyers] say, ‘Well, we’ll give you a quarter of a million dollars if you’ll come to Denver.’ I say, ‘S**t no! That’s dove season. I can’t do that.’ And they just look at me like I’m nuts. ●
- – Hank Jr.’s freedom to turn down $250,000 gigs allows him to connect with the working man.
These were all songs I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t know and/or love until Sugarland did them. The B-52s‘ “Love Shack” becomes an instant classic when Sugarland spins it. ●
- – I think “Love Shack” sort of already was (unfortunately) a classic, Bonaguro.
We honestly think there will be a Latino/Latina breakout artist in country music. We feel chances are probably better for a young, beautiful Latina girl. ●
- – Adrian Michaels, VP of promotions at Curb Records, on trying to break Star De Azlan. I’m glad someone took a chance on non-beautiful non-girls like Freddy Fender and Johnny Rodriguez back in the day.
And I know Nashville, in this day and age, wants to be known for music in general, not just for country. But there would be no Nashville without country. I don’t think it would have been known for anything without it. Country music is great and acceptable, not something you want to hide in the closet. I found a style I love to do, but I consider it country, really. I would never turn my back on that. ●
- – Crystal Gayle hopes Nashville won’t turn its back on country music.
His songs have been recorded by many recognizable names in the country music industry: Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw, Hank Williams, Jr., and Earl Skruggs among them. ●
- – I don’t recognize the name Earl Skruggs. From an article on Nashville songwriter Don Poythress.
It is inevitable that sometimes in a relationship, you will have your heart broken. Sometimes you don’t do anything, but sometimes you want revenge. Sometimes you don’t, and that’s when you just leave it in God’s hands and know that He will take care of it. ●
- – Leann Rimes offers a confused comment on her split from Dean Sheremet.
I think there’s something out there. I’m pretty convinced. And I can’t believe that it’s not something everyone on our planet isn’t obsessed with. I can’t think of anything more interesting than if there’s life out there beyond our planet. And yet, people are always thinking it’s a little bit kooky that I’m into that. Other people don’t think about this 24/7? Could anything be more interesting? It really puts everything else into perspective, you know? ●
- – Katie Cook believes there’s life out there. 24/7? I believe she might have too much free time.
It’s a different experience, more about the camaraderie you have with the crowd. It’s hot and sweaty and loud – and I love that. It becomes as much about the environment as what we present onstage. It’s not the most comfortable thing in the world, but it’s an experience for the fans. ●
- – Eric Church on playing in rock clubs. Sounds like the sort of experience I’d like to avoid.