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We’ve got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the U.S. and we hate him! ●
- – Hank Jr., perfectly reasonable political commentator.
Swift also said fall is when Starbucks gets the pumpkin spice latte that she’s excited about. That’s usually available come October, but a Starbucks staffer told me there are no guarantees when their seasonal lattes will arrive. ●
- – Celebrisleaze expert Alison Bonaguro tries her hand at some hard-hitting investigative journalism. Thanks to email tipster Michael for bringing this to my attention.
When I’m hired to play a room or a party or a show, I don’t feel like it’s my place to put my own spin on someone else’s song that happens to be familiar with everyone else. Is that a cardinal sin being violated in performance? A lot of times it is. But I’d rather play the songs that I’m proud of, that I’ve worked so hard to create and perfect, than I would play someone else’s songs. It’s just as simple as that. Who’s to say that this opportunity that I have to travel the country and play music doesn’t evaporate tomorrow and if I want to play live I’ve got to go play at a bar that wants you to do covers or at an open mike night? While I have this opportunity, even if it puts me at a disadvantage, I would much rather people see who I am than anything else. ●
- – Drew Kennedy, on forgoing cover songs in his live shows.
Oh, I’m an incurable optimist. I think the world and humankind is incredibly resilient. We’ve been through worse. Because history is so long, we survived the bubonic plague – we will pull out of this. Why not believe that? Why give up hope? Why not have hope? There’s always music. And people are pretty extraordinary. We’re probably at our best when times are worst. ●
- – When Emmylou Harris says it, I believe it.
In the interim 20 years I learned that you’re not selling perfection. You’re selling an emotion, you’re capturing an emotion in the studio. People don’t buy music because it’s technically great, well, some people do but I think most people buy music because it’s emotionally great. So that’s what you’re trying to do. If it’s a little out of time here, a little out of tune there, maybe that’s part of the charm for people. ●
- – Radney Foster, on lessons learned between Del Rio, Texas 1959 and Del Rio, Texas Revisited: Unplugged & Lonesome.
You want women to think of you in a sexy manner. It’s all part of the business. It drives ticket sales. It’s all a part of it. My focus is trying to make great music and putting on great shows, and whatever happens beyond that is a bonus to me. ●
- – Luke Bryan on being a country music himbo.
I don’t write about falling in love in a cornfield. I’m (nearly) 50 and I hardly know what that felt like to me when I did. To me, the stuff of everyday life that I’m looking at is a lot of the stuff that comes up in more traditional country… drinking, trouble paying bills, adultery, marriage happiness, all of those things I’m looking at rather than cars or girls. ●
- – Robbie Fulks has trouble relating to modern country.
Q: What advice do you have for someone trying to break into the industry?
A: This is two-fold. One is if I was just trying to tell someone how to get famous. Work on your abs, get in great shape, change your name to something interesting and record easy-to-understand music. Real advice for someone I want to see enhance the industry is the opposite. Focus on being the next guy or girl who brings it back to song driven. Be so good the labels can’t deny it. ●
- – Collin Raye.
There’s not one right or one wrong country music – it’s what country people will buy. ●
- – Fair enough, Kenny Rogers. Now, if you’ll just explain how we’re supposed to figure out exactly who is and isn’t a ‘country person,’ we’ll be all set. (Personally, I find the idea that some basic musical differences exist between genres less offensive than the idea that art is defined by the ‘type’ of person that appreciates it.)
I hope it don’t make a hit. God I’d hate to do that every night. I shouldn’t be doing that. It’s almost like bragging. I’ve been trying to wean off of it, but it’s gotten popular. ●
- – Billy Joe Shaver has mixed feelings about his shooting song, “Wacko from Waco.”
I always try to tell the security guards, ‘Let ‘em have as much fun as you can.’ Everyone has enough people telling them what to do and who to vote for and how to act and all that. ●
- – Hank III. I wonder if his dad’s ears are ringing…