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There are so many people out there trying to be “country stars,” and from a guy on the inside, I can tell you that most are all just playing radio musical chairs with a genre that has lost most of it’s [sic] artistry. ●
- – Matt Fleener of The Dirt Drifters.
Some people do this to be famous, but I’m doing this to be successful, so that I don’t have to ever go back to a desk job. I like doing it, because it’s something I know I’m good at — I’m not an idiot — but I don’t need or want to be the center of attention all the time. But onstage, yes, because as long as I have people’s attention and they’re responding to my music, I know I can sell records and keep doing this. That success is all I want. ●
- – Sunny Sweeney, in a great (and long) Lone Star Music cover story.
I hated that song. I told Tim not to cut that song. I begged him not to cut it. He said, ‘Look it’s my career, I’ll cut it, let’s cut it.’ So I cut it. I thought it was the worst thing in the world. ●
- – Producer James Stroud on “Indian Outlaw.”
Nothing’s wrong with modern country music if we choose to call what Elizabeth Cook and Tim Carroll are doing country music—which it is. It just gets lumped into some other kind of label because of… the whims of corporate radio. ●
- – Peter Cooper to Jewly Hight.
It came down from New York. They wanted me to go middle-of-the-road, because that would sell more records. They’d say, ‘You can do more than country,’ and I’d say, ‘I don’t wanna do more than country.’ ●
- – Earlier in her career, Connie Smith felt pressured to expand beyond traditional country. She sounds right at home again on the new “Long Line of Heartaches,” out tomorrow.
I’m not sure if this has been the experience of other songwriters (and don’t really want to discourage people from covering me, a rare enough compliment) but my typical reaction to other people’s performances of my songs is acute disappointment. Someone had a different idea of the right tempo, structure, recording values, emotional color, even lyrics. Fine, maybe they improved on my idea; but candidly, I don’t usually think so, and in any event I’m sure I’m too wedded to my song as originally pictured to judge. ●
- – Robbie Fulks is simultaneously honored and a little horrified when people cover his songs.
When you’re little people say things and are super nice if you can play at all. I think being a kid, most of the time, people just go ‘Cute little kid there.’ My dad always made sure that I knew if I was going to make it work, like I said I wanted, I was really going to have to work and the cute little kid act would wear off. ●
- – Sierra Hull on laying the groundwork for a lasting career.
Everybody was like, ‘ ‘Smile’ crossed over big in country, now are gonna make a country record?’ I felt like if I said, ‘Yeah, I am’ and I handed a record in, everybody was gonna go, ‘That’s not a country record.’ I felt like you’re almost damned if you do. So I’d rather make a record I like and turn it in and let everybody say, ‘That sounds like country.’ Once you tell ‘em it’s country, they’ll be like, ‘That ain’t country.’ ●
- – Uncle Kracker won’t call himself country, but he’s hoping you might.
The politics and the businesses of pursuing this career has cost me that creative thing. I just don’t have that passion for it anymore. ●
- – Trace Adkins on songwriting.
And my daughter is really in a place right now — and my son, too –where they basically say three words to me every day, you know, “What’s for dinner?” And that’s all I get, and so I have to walk this thin line between being loved by millions, but yet my own two from my womb are looking at me like, she’s from the dark ages because I don’t let them have phones, I don’t let them have a computer; they just think I’m crazy. ●
- – Wynonna is a strict, orange mother.
I learned that it was really good to finally be able to get my neck completely fixed. I got hit by a drunken driver in 2001 and I’ve never been on stage without pain. And if you’ve ever seen our shows, we’re energetic – I’d even say athletic. But I was never able to do it without pain. Now I throw my children around without pain. ●
- – Big Kenny. I think he means that he throws his kids around in a playful way.
I didn’t do this to get rich or make money. I didn’t do it to become famous. I did it because I was a shy kid and it was about the only thing that I could do. I gravitated early on in life to something that I love and chose as a way of life. I don’t think I could change that if I wanted to. ●
- – Luckily for us, Ronnie Dunn was born to sing.
there is no official 360 degree opposite of east nashville because it changes as big and rich travel. ●
- – From Todd Snider’s “Elmo Buzz” liner notes.